How to Make Twisted Paper Art Fruits and Veggies

Create colorful, tabletop fruits and vegetables – that never spoil – from twisted paper yarn.


Crafter Lynne Farris demonstrates how to make faux lemons, limes, grapes, asparagus, radishes, carrots, onions and pumpkins. You can also use these same materials and techniques to decorate recipe cards, menu cards and invitations.

Materials and Tools:

Twistart twisted paper yarn: variegated & solids
sheet green lizard skin Bravissimo Paper #95051
jumbo grapevine leaf punch
4" foam balls for pumpkins, onions
1" foam balls for radishes
1-7/8" foam eggs for lemons, limes
5/8" glass florist marbles for grapes
bamboo skewers or 1/8" dowels
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1. Use a stylus or craft stick to carve large balls into pumpkin.

2. Open out 10-inch pieces of Twistart and glue onto pumpkin and onion shapes starting and ending at center top and bottom.

3. Twist together several pieces of Twistart to form stem and/or root cluster. Insert stem into top of pumpkins, root cluster into onions.

4. Punch grape leaves from dark green paper and glue onto pumpkin stems.

5. To make grapes: Open out 6-inch pieces of plum Twistart, and use two strips to cover glass marbles, starting from center of strips. Twist together ends to form stems. Cluster several grapes together and wrap with green Twistart strips to form bunches.

6. To make asparagus and carrots: Open out appropriate color of Twistart and wrap around paper tube or cones to form vegetables. To finish asparagus, add tips from Twistart pieces open on one end only.

7. To make lemons, limes, and radishes: Insert dowel into end of egg or 1-inch ball. Remove, dip in glue and re-insert. Dry completely.

8. Use paintbrush to coat foam ball completely with glue. Dry completely.

9. Starting at skewer end, wrap concentric rows of twisted paper yarn continuously around shape. Press yarn slightly into glue to secure. To create blossom end of fruit, place an extra drop of glue at the end and continue coiling the paper yarn tightly several times. Tuck yarn end into end of fruit to secure.

10. For lemons and limes, open up 6-inch pieces of green yarn, leaving ends tightly wrapped. Twist in center to form a pair of leaves, and wrap and glue around skewer (stem). Cut off skewer 3/4 inch from fruit.

11. For radish greens, open out a length of green Twistart, fringe ends and insert in stem end. To make root, twist and insert 1-1/2 inch of Twistart into end of radish.

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