How to Make Paper Pears
Sheets of newspaper
Wallpaper paste, mixed to full strength following manufacturers instructions and left to stand before use.
Bowl and spoon for mixing the paste
Thin card white or green
Gold spray paint
Green poster paint
Paper pears are easy to make.
1. Making the paper pears shape.
Scrunch up a sheet of newspaper and mold it into a basic pear shape. Wrap masking tape around it to hold the paper in place.
2. Covering the surface.
Cut or tear some sheets of newspaper into strips, about 1Ocm (4in) long. Cover them with wallpaper paste. Lay the strips over the basic pear shape until it is evenly covered with one layer of paper. Paint a coat of glue over the whole surface.
3. Correcting the shape.
Continue to add layers of newspaper and glue until you have a good pear shape. You may have to add extra layers in some areas to get the right proportions. When your pear is complete, leave it to dry out thoroughly before adding any decoration.
4. Adding the detail.
Cut short pear stalks (and leaves if required) out of thin card and paint them green. When dry carefully glue them firmly in position. Paint the surface of the pear green too, then when it is dry cover it with gold spray-paint as the finishing touch.
Real fruit molds.
Another way of making the paper fruit is to use real pears as molds. Grease the pear with petroleum jelly before covering it with paper strips. When dry, cut the paper pear in half and take out the fruit. Stick the two paper halves together.
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