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Winter White Fruits How-To

Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2010

A little glue and tissue paper are all you need to transform plastic fruit into a modern, sculptural still-life. The uneven texture and matte surface of papier-mache preserves an organic feel despite the otherworldly effect created by stark white.

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Start with faux lemons, apples, pears, and other fruit. Brush the fruit with primer intended for plastic and let dry.

Then brush on white acrylic paint to completely cover the fruit (you may need to apply two coats).

To create the papier-mache surface, cut white tissue paper into 2-by-3-inch rectangles and 3-inch squares. Mix a solution of equal parts all-purpose white glue and water. Working in sections, brush glue mixture onto the fruits, then adhere paper, overlapping pieces slightly and smoothing them onto the fruit. Let dry and repeat for a second layer.