Well I waxed some plastic fruit for the first time. Not what I envisioned, but I think they turned out okay. I'm happy with them. I use the same method that I use when grunging my candles (the tut link is on my sidebar).
First, I started off with the bags of plastic fruit from Hobby Lobby. $5.99, on sale half price for $2.99. A bag of 16 pears and a bag of 16 apples equals out to 19 cents for each piece of fruit so if it doesn't work out, I'm not out much money. I also bought 3 pineapples at the Dollar Tree but they are still a work in progress.
I didn't have coffee grounds so I added some coarse pepper to the wax pot. Yep, pepper. Honestly, it worked out great. I used old Scentsy wax. It was so strong that you couldn't even smell the pepper, haha! See the texture forming?
I was impatient and just threw them on the mat as they came out of the wax like I do my candles. But guess what... you have this when you do that...
So, after scraping that off, I threw them in the wax again for a second coat. I tried just throwing them in the wax like they are, but the bump was still there. They were still warm so it was easy to scrape it off. Then they went for a cinnamon/nutmeg mix bath.
Side note: I bought this 6.5 oz jar of cinnamon at the Dollar Tree! That was exciting, now I don't have to dip into my cooking stash.
Look at the pears, aren't they so cute? The fruit covers well and the texture looks great on them!
Two wax dips.
Another wax dip.
Another spice dip.
One last wax dip.
Once they slightly cooled, I didn't dip them but lightly rubbed the spice mixture on them.
Here's how the pears turned out.
The flash made the apples look so much more red than they are. They are actually more brown than that.
See the cute little rusty star on the one apple? Well, the whole inspiration for waxed fruit came from the Early Spring '11 issue of The Country House. I borrowed this picture from their website, aren't these just the cutest?
Yours for only $15.99 for a set of 4. Not a bad price, but my Dave Ramsey budget doesn't allow it. So I dug out these sets of rusty star and heart garland that I bought at Hobby Lobby after Christmas at 80% off. For 40 cents a package, I got quite a few little stars and hearts once I used my wire cutters and snipped the wire off each one.
I had a tough time getting my stars to bend just perfectly around the apples. Then I pulled up their picture on the website to get a closer look and their stars aren't on tight. I really like the brown colors of my fruit but the rusty star just blends in too much so I painted it black. I think I am going to just put black stars on the larger fruits and leave the smaller ones alone. What would you do if you were making them?
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