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Apple Prints

An apple a day keeps the doctor away or so goes the old saying. Show kids how to make apple prints and you teach them that apples are part of the history of this country including the legend of Johnny Appleseed.  He traveled the country over 200 years ago planting apple seed as he travelled.


Flour sack dish towel
Acrylic paint - red, green, black, brown
Textile medium
Stencil sponges
Compressed sponge
Real apple
Plastic knife
Cotton swabs
Paper towels
Liner paint brush


Prewash dish towel to remove sizing. Do not use fabric softener.

Cut the apple in half top to bottom and cut out the core. Place face down on folded paper towels to absorb the juices.

Place the towel on work surface. Squeeze red paint on a plate. Squeeze an equal amount of textile medium next to the paint and mix thoroughly with a cotton swab.

Tap the flat end of the stencil sponge into the paint/medium mixture, tapping off excess onto the plate. Pounce the paint onto the cut side of the apple applying an even coat. Press the apple on a paper towel to see how the apple stamps. Apply more paint and stamp onto the dishtowel, applying more paint for each stamping. Continue stamping apples along the edge of the towel. Let dry.

Use the liner paint brush to paint on brown stems.

Draw a leaf pattern onto the compressed sponge. Cut out shape and pop-up the sponge in water. Wring dry. Squeeze green paint on a plate. Tap the leaf sponge into the paint, tapping off the excess paint. Position the leaf next to the stem and lightly press on the sponge. Lift and reposition the sponge on the other side of the stem. Press. Apply more paint for each set of leaves.

Use a cotton swab dipped in black paint to apply the seeds. Let dry for 7 days.

Heat-set paint. Turn towel over, place a cloth over painted area, and press firmly with an iron for 20 seconds (move iron slightly while pressing to prevent scorching.) Set iron at appropriate heat for fabric.

This craft reprinted courtesy of HandsOnCraftsForKids

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