This week the British government announced that we should each be eating at least 7 portions of fruit and veg every day for optimal health and longevity. Apparently, the raisins in a fruit & nut chocolate bar don’t count, and nor, really, do the dried banana chips I carry around in my bag. To bolster our household fruit supplies, I have ingeniously resorted to Pinterest and the beautiful DIY fruit bowl templates created for the wonderful Mr Printables site here. They may not be strictly edible, but they’re certainly very decorative – and great fun to make.
When I stumble across lovely things like this which catch my eye I tend to download them and then save them for rainy nights in; this week gave us a couple, so Harry and I did some scissor-practice and wielded our glue sticks to great success. The fruit are described as toys, though they’re not really resilient enough for any kind of hard-loving or action play; ours simply sit on the mantelpiece looking cheerful and decorative. I printed them out as supersize templates (download them and print at 150% if your printer can cope with A3; or blow them up at a copy shop). This makes them larger than life and much easier to fold and stick, especially for little fingers. A great project for the Easter holidays, or for grown-ups (this particular craft project was mainly for me, I confess…). You see them here on Harry’s play kitchen scales and picnic basket – each piece of fruit is about 15-20cm in height.
They are so tactile and colourful; if Harry was younger I’d be tempted to string these into a mobile or a garland for his bedroom (which we’re doing-up currently; more on that soon). A lovely ornament for a nursery perhaps; out of reach of curious, uncoordinated hands but perfect for capturing attention and imagination.
Before I go and rearrange my virtual fruit bowl, thank you SO much for the lovely comments on last week’s post; I’m delighted that the rabbit drawing/download has been useful and inspired a good few projects -it’s always a joy to hear when something has worked and been used in other creations. Easter preparations continue here, albeit amongst the frenzy of work & deadlines, and a new backdrop of mists and frost. More pics and news from the home front next week.
Have a good week, wherever you are and whatever you’re upto.