- Masking tape
- White paper
- Yellow Tissue Paper
- White glue
- Paint brush
- Green paper (or white paper and green paint)
- White glue
- Binder clip or clothespin
Step 1Crumple your newspaper into a ball. There are two easy ways to make the lemon shape depending on whether you want it more round or more elongated. I found for a rounder lemon that it was best to crumple, roll into a ball, and tape, and only then pinching out a little bit at each end to make the lemon shape. For a more elongated lemon, crumple the newspaper into the space between your two cupped hands and tape. Whatever shape you are left with at the end of this step will be the final shape of your lemon, as the tissue only adds color and not bulk. Its worth it to take your time and make sure you are happy with the shape. An easy way to fix the shape is to rip smaller pieces of newspaper and crumple against the lemon and tape to fix divots or uneven spots.
Step 2Mix 2 parts glue and 1 part water to make a thin glue. Cut your yellow tissue paper into long strips. I did this by folding a sheet of tissue over several times and cutting through all the folds at once.
Step 3Dip a strip of tissue in the glue mix. Wrap it around the lemon, catching drops and smoothing it out with the paintbrush. Continue until there is a layer all over the lemon. Let dry.
Step 4Give the lemon another layer of tissue strips. Let dry.
Step 5Make your leaves. Cut a triangle off the corner of a sheet of green paper. Starting at the corner, fold back and forth like an accordion. Pinch in the middle and bring the two ends of the longest side together and glue, holding with a binder clip or clothespin. Done! What do you think of my lemons? They aren’t do much a finished product in and of themselves, although they could be, but I think they are a great starting point for even more décor projects like wreaths, arrangements, and centerpieces. Do you DIY your home décor? How would you use some lemons in your décor? Let me know in the comments!