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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


October 4, 2003 - Issue 97


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Apple Stencils


By: Hands On Crafts for Kids

Johnny Appleseed spent his life planting apple seeds across the country. His real name was John Chapman. He created apple orchards in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. After 200 years, some of those trees still bear apples.

This craft, which needs adult supervison, lets us use the apple to make beautiful towels.

You Will Need

  • Flour sack dish towel
  • Acrylic paint - red, green, black, brown
  • Textile medium
  • Stencil sponges
  • Compressed sponge
  • Real apple
  • Plastic knife
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Cotton swabs
  • Paper towels
  • Liner paint brush

1. Prewash dish towel to remove sizing. Do not use fabric softener.

2. Cut the apple in half top to bottom and cut out the core. Place face down on folded paper towels to absorb the juices.

3. Place the towel on work surface. Squeeze red paint on a plate. Squeeze an equal amount of textile medium next to the paint and mix thoroughly with a cotton swab.

4. Tap the flat end of the stencil sponge into the paint/medium mixture, tapping off excess onto the plate. Pounce the paint onto the cut side of the apple applying an even coat. Press the apple on a paper towel to see how the apple stamps. Apply more paint and stamp onto the dishtowel, applying more paint for each stamping. Continue stamping apples along the edge of the towel. Let dry.

5. Use the liner paint brush to paint on brown stems.

6. Draw a leaf pattern onto the compressed sponge. Cut out shape and pop-up the sponge in water. Wring dry. Squeeze green paint on a plate. Tap the leaf sponge into the paint, tapping off the excess paint. Position the leaf next to the stem and lightly press on the sponge. Lift and reposition the sponge on the other side of the stem. Press. Apply more paint for each set of leaves.

7. Use a cotton swab dipped in black paint to apply the seeds. Let dry for 7 days.

8. Heat-set paint. Turn towel over, place a cloth over painted area, and press firmly with an iron for 20 seconds (move iron slightly while pressing to prevent scorching.) Set iron at appropriate heat for fabric.



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