Fruit and Vegetable Prints

Use fruits and vegetables to create exciting prints on paper or fabric. Make fun random prints or combine them to create interesting images.

Safety Tips

  • Keep the knife out of children's reach.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.
Fruit and Vegetable Prints craft

Materials

  • Fruits (apples, pears, oranges, bananas, lemons)
  • Vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, potatoes, carrots, corn, mushrooms, Chinese cabbage)
  • Knife
  • Chopping board
  • Poster paint
  • Plastic plates or trays
  • Sketch paper

Steps

Step 1 Fruit and Vegetable Prints 1. Clean the fruits and vegetables. Wash and towel dry.
Step 2a Fruit and Vegetable Prints Ask for an adult's help2. Prepare the fruits and vegetables by cutting or trimming them. Here are some suggestions:

Apples and pears- cut lengthwise in half;
Bananas- cut in half;
Oranges and lemons- cut crosswise in half;
Corn- cut in half and insert a stick to make a handle;
Bell peppers- slice crosswise in half, remove the seeds;
Step 2b Fruit and Vegetable Prints Broccoli and cauliflower - separate into individual florets;
Mushrooms- slice button or any round mushrooms lengthwise in half;
Potatoes and carrots- slice into quarters, wedges or cut into specific shapes such as a flower or star;
Chinese cabbage- trim off the base, we are going to use this part for painting.
Step 3 Fruit and Vegetable Prints 3. Put paint in shallow plates or containers. Prepare your sketch paper as well.
Step 4 Fruit and Vegetable Prints 4. Dip a fruit or vegetable in one color of paint, making sure that the bottom is evenly-coated with paint.
Step 5 Fruit and Vegetable Prints 5. Press the fruit or vegetable firmly on your sketch paper. This Chinese cabbage print looks just like a rose!
Step 6 Fruit and Vegetable Prints 6. Go ahead and use the other fruits and vegetables to paint. You'll discover how each one can make a unique and interesting print.

More Ideas

Flower garden using fruit and veggie prints   Combine the fruits and vegetable prints to create a pretty picture like this flower garden.
Paint trees using fruit and veggie prints   Broccoli makes sponge-like prints that are great for making trees. Corn can produce really interesting patterns as well. Just hold the corn by the handles and roll it on your paper. The grassy foreground in this picture was made using corn prints.
Paint people using fruit and veggie prints   You can even make funny characters such as these baker, ballerina and clown. You can finger paint the details like the facial features or the patterns on the clothes.
Make beautiful overlapping orange prints   The fruit and vegetable prints themselves are beautiful as they are. Dip oranges, lemons or apples in various colors and make a collage of fruit prints.

You can also use fruit and vegetable prints to decorate your aprons, placemats, table cloths, bandanas, shirts, or even your summer dresses. Check them out in these crafts:

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