Posted 8th Jun 2018
Not just for making refreshing drinks, fruit can be a great inspiration. Why not turn your hand to a little colourful crafting using your favourite juicy fruit?
1 Download our ‘strawberry’ template here or send a stamped self-addressed envelope to Strawberry Template LLJULY18, LandLove Magazine, HBMUK, The Tower, Phoenix Square, Colchester, Essex, CO4 9HU. The template will print onto one sheet of A4 paper.
2 Tape the paper template face up on a protected surface and top with a sheet of stencil acetate.
3 Draw over the design with two permanent marker pens, then use a fine marker pen to trace over the finer lines and a thicker pen to trace over the dark thicker lines.
4 Cut the stencil out using a hot stencil cutter or a craft knife. Cut along only the thick darker lines, the thinner lines are guidelines to help you place the two layers of the design.
5 Place the stencil on your fabric and lightly paint the body of the strawberry with red fabric paint and a stencil brush, it’s a good idea to use the paint quite sparingly to begin and add more as you work.
6 Continue stencilling strawberries along the bottom edge of the tablecloth and then leave to dry.
7 Next, use the stencil to paint the green tops of the strawberries and then use a little darker green on top around the stalk area. While you have the green paint to hand use the stencil brush to freehand stencil a tiny green blush to the top of each strawberry. Leave to dry.
8 To finish the design, stencil yellow pips directly on top of the red strawberries, you can refer to the thinner guidelines on the print out if you need help placing them. Optional, add a few white highlights to the strawberry pips.
9 To finish, fix the design with a hot iron. Be sure to follow the manufacturers instructions for this.
Tulip fabric paint matte (various colours, 37ml, £2, Hobbycraft, Cotton table cloth, £7.99, Mylar stencil sheet, £1.99, both eBay