Dollar store fabric covered apples

Dollar store fabric covered applesHey there Mod Podge Rockers! I’m Rachel from Bubbly Nature Creations and I am SUPER excited to be blogging here sharing my fabric apples. Amy is the sweetest and her blog is simply amazing- she should be dubbed the Mod Podge Queen! That is why I was stoked when she told me she loved these little apples that I made and was willing to host me as her guest blogger. So without further ado I present to you . . . dappled apples!

2010_0823jack8100004 2010_0823jack8100006Are these not the cutest apples you ever did see? They are so simple to make and super thrifty. My favorite kind of craft . . . cheap and easy! These little apples make a big statement. I went with bright colors (cause that’s how I roll), but these can easily be adapted to fit any color scheme. So you want to know the genius behind the apples, eh (did I forget to mention that being a guest blogger has swelled my ego a bit)? Well, genius or not . . . here it is . . .

What you will need for this project:

2010_0822jack8100120Let’s start with the ornament. This is the before of my apple. It has clear little beads glued on top of it- so with my hands I just scraped them off. Beware: this is very messy!

2010_0822jack8100121This is what the apple looked like without the beads. This worried me a bit… but there are better things to come! I also took the stem out because it didn’t match my fabric, but you can leave yours in if it matches your color scheme.

2010_0823jack8100015 2010_0823jack8100016Next I took the straws and cut the ends off about one inch.

2010_0823jack8100018I inserted the straw into my apple and secured with hot glue (ignore the fact this is the finished project – just imagine it without the fabric).

2010_0823jack8100012Now comes the fun part. Take your fabric scraps and start cutting them up into 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces. You will need about 20 of them to cover your apple depending on the size.

2010_0823jack8100022Once you have enough fabric, start painting Mod Podge on the back of one piece. Lay the piece where you want it on your apple then press and smooth out the piece. Repeat this process with the other pieces until your apple is covered. After it has had time to dry for about 30 minutes, paint the whole apple with a generous coat of Mod Podge.

Dollar store fabric covered applesWhen dry, add a little fabric leaf with some hot glue and you’ll have yourself a Dappled Apple!

Dollar store fabric covered applesI have these apples on display shelves (right next to pics of the real “apples of my eye”). They would also look great in a little glass bowl, on a wreath or just about anywhere you need a whimsical pop of color! Thank you so much Amy and everyone at this Mod Podge Rocks party for letting me share with you today! You can check out my other fun tutorials at Bubbly Nature Creations. Happy creating!


  1. KimberlyGrommes says

    These apples are absolutely adorable! I see those apples with all the little beads all the time and I don’t like them at all. But to see what you created with them?! Awesome! Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Sarah says

    Those are adorable! Rachel’s blog is one of my favorites (she used her super-cute-creativity to design my blog!)—so glad you discovered her too!

  3. Sarah says

    These are great! I’ve got tons of scrap fabric from other projects, so this is perfect!

    I’ve featured this on my blog, Tastefully Crafted – it’s a blog about food-themed crafts, and this fits right in!

  4. says

    I love love love these apples! I’m working on decorating my nursery and I think I will incorporate a couple apples into the theme. Thank you for the easy wonderful project!

  5. blurooferika says

    What a fabulous little project. Where did you find those fabric scraps?? I have a hard time finding cute fabric. What they have at J and M’s is dated and primary-colored? Do you buy yours online?? Please help! I’m cute fabric deprived.

  6. blurooferika says

    Thanks for the tips, Amy. We have very few fabric stores close by but I’ll browse Etsy. That’s sure to take a while! :)

  7. says

    Those are so cute Rachel! I love how cheerful they are! Thanks so much for sharing this, I’ll be linking.

  8. Rachel says

    thanks for all the lovely comments!!!

    blurooferika- that fabric was from hobby lobby- not sure what it is called though…

  9. PinkPowerRangerMom says

    Following through Friendly Friday.
    I have used modpodge for the first time two weeks ago. I love your ideas! I’ll have to make a Michael’s run and get some more to try out some of the great things you’ve inspired.