Posted 3rd August
This month we're celebrating the humble apple harvest with a host of eye-catching crafts inspired by the season's bounty
1. Begin by downloading and printing the apple crate template here.
2. The template will print out on to one sheet of A4 paper. Tape the template face up on a heatproof surface, then tape a sheet of stencil acetate or Mylar directly on top. Use a fine permanent marker to trace over the apples onto the Mylar. Remove the paper template then use a hot stencil cutter to cut out the apple and leaf shapes.
3. Next, lay your chosen crate on to one side; this will make it easier to work with. Paint one of the horizontal pieces of wood with pale green acrylic paint and leave to dry. Tape the stencil on top of the painted wooden slat. Use a stencil brush and begin stencilling the apples – start by painting all the apples and leaves with dark green acrylic paint. Then paint paler green highlights and add a few red blushes over the top of the painted apples – work the colours together as you stencil so they blend. There is no right or wrong way to paint the apples, just have a go, you can always paint over the top if you’re not happy.
4. Repeat stencilling more apples along the crate if desired.
A4 Mylar stencil sheets, £3.99 per 10 pack, Amazon. Hot stencil cutter, £24.20, eBay. Acrylic paints in assorted colours, £2 per 75ml tube, stencil brushes, £2 per 3 pack, both Hobbycraft.
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