I’ve been obsessed with sugared fruit in holiday decor for years, and now I’m showing you how to make your own!
Every year at Christmas, I buy home decor magazines to see all of the gorgeous homes decorated for the holidays.
There is so much inspiration in those pages!
It seems like every year I see at least one home that is using sugared fruit in their holiday decor, and I’m always drawn to the look.
This year I decided that I would try and make my own faux sugared fruit for the holidays.
I ordered faux lemons and pears because I wanted to stay with a certain color scheme, but you could use any faux fruit that you like.
You’re only limited by your imagination!
For the “sugar”, I used Epsom Salts in a medium grain.
It gives me the look I want without using something shiny like glitter, and the result is very much like sugar coated fruit!
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Here’s what you’ll need to make your own faux sugared fruit:
This is such an easy project and takes very little time to complete!
My fruit is made of hard foam, so I was able to use snippets of an old wire coat hanger and toothpicks stuck into the bottom of the fruit to hold onto while I worked with each piece. With a small brush, I coated the entire piece with a thick coating of Mod Podge.
I poured a substantial amount of Epsom Salt into a baking dish and holding the fruit over the top, and using a spoon, I scooped up the Epsom Salt and poured it over the fruit, making sure to coat it completely.
After I gently shook off any excess, I removed the wire and placed them on a tray to dry.
You could also use the wire to stick them upright into a piece of foam, however, they won’t stick to a glass tray if you use one. Let them dry completely overnight.
And, that’s it! You now have sugared fruit!
These sugared fruits are great in a bowl on your table as well as on a swag or wreath.
My faux sugared pears and lemons are so pretty piled on top of eucalyptus inside an old urn.
I also added them to the garland over our fireplace.
You can see the rest of this room decorated for Christmas HERE.
You can find faux sugared fruit in many stores but they can get very pricey, so why not make your own to get exactly what you want?
Sugared fruit is gorgeous added to your Christmas decor, but it would also be fabulous to make some for Valentine’s Day (Strawberries), Easter (peaches, plums and grapes), and Thanksgiving (different colored pears and apples)!
I see faux fruit all the time at thrift stores, estates sales, and flea markets.
I usually pass them by, but now I’ll give them a second look, and maybe stash away a few to “sugar” for upcoming holidays!
I didn’t sugar enough pears and lemons to go on our tree, but now I wish I had. Decorating a Christmas tree with sugared pears and lemons would be so pretty! I may have to buy more and create a fruit tree!
I hope you enjoyed this easy DIY project!