Adorable rustic versions of lettuce, greens beans, carrots, leeks & corn on the cob make a fabulous seasonal display. Why not make a basket full of crepe paper vegetables for your Easter or Mother’s Day Celebration tablescape? Mine are displayed in a lovely French basket on my kitchen island!
These cute renditions of a collection of Spring vegies by no means are meant to be realistic. Rather I’ve created a group that’s more fun than serious, and more colorful, than real. They’re just supposed to be FUN!
I’ve created a complete instructional PDF that includes the supply lists, images and full instructions for each vegetable. I’ll tell you how to get your copy at the end of this post!
But before we talk about how to make crepe paper lettuce and beans, let’s discuss the ins and outs of crepe paper. Yes, it’s true…
Crêpe paper is tissue paper that has been coated with sizing.
It can then be creased in a way similar to party streamers to create gathers. That gives it a crinkly texture like that of crêpe.
This creasing process is called creping or crêping. Crepe paper is also sold flat and used as a disposable tissue paper.
This is not the same product as a 2-inch wide roll of crepe paper streamers! When you purchase crepe paper by the sheet or 20″ long rolls, you’ll find it’s much thicker than streamers.
Better quality crepe papers have a “stretchability” that lends itself to craft and art projects.
And, all crepe paper sheets are not made with the same quality paper either. Don’t skimp when deciding which brand to purchase. I’m not saying that you need to spend top dollar though. But a good quality crepe paper will make all the difference in your craft projects.
One of my favorite brands is made by a fabulously talented “maker” named Lia Griffith. She started with a crafting website years ago, and now has a full line of high-quality crafting products of her own.
I bought several sets of her “seasonal” colored collections a few years back on Amazon, and am still using them. Lia’s crepe paper rolls are a bit on the pricey side, but they are advertised as “heavy”, and are the best I’ve ever used.
You can find crepe paper sheets at many different retailers such as:
Super simple to make! I sat in front of a great adventure movie while happily cutting out my “lettuce leaves”.
Since the hubby was sharing the couch, I enlisted his help to tie the twine. He couldn’t believe that while he was entrenched in the movie, I ended up with an adorable head of lettuce! He barely noticed, that’s how fast and easy this project is.
As I was deciding how to form the “body” of my carrot, I tried both toilet paper and paper towel rolls. First, I made the paper towel roll carrot using a different technique to cover the tube. But it ended up too large and clunky. I wanted cute and adorable!
Then I worked on the smaller toilet paper roll version. Once it was finished, I decided it was more of what I was striving to achieve. Now, having said that, you could cut down a paper towel roll and make small and medium carrots. It’s completely up to you once you get a pair of scissors in your hands!
The corn on the cob is probably the most complicated of the crepe paper vegetables to make. But, it’s no more difficult than any of the others, just a bit more involved!
For this project, I again used a toilet paper roll. The additional length was achieved by adding a rolled scrap of crepe paper that I tapered toward the end.
By drawing kernels on the “cob” with two shades of yellow markers, the tapered roll begins to resemble corn. Trace and cut out the husks, and you’re nearly done! I can’t honestly tell you how long this project will take, as I was creating and experimenting as I went along. But by carefully following the instructions and pictures, you’ll have no trouble at all.
As you can see from the picture above, these beans are incredibly rustic versions. They’re made by simply twisting the ends of rolled crepe paper, and couldn’t be easier!
I made the leek by using the roll from plastic wrap or foil. They tend to be much thinner than a paper towel roll. The length is the perfect size for this vegie. Just some simple wrapping and cutting and it’s a leek! Who knew?
Just think, with a little shopping excursion on the internet and a few empty paper rolls, you’ve got vegies!
Plan on spending a few hours in front of the television or listening to your favorite podcast.
Here’s some great Easter entertaining ideas and printables to help make it a fabulous holiday!
My Easter printables include a fabulous Easter invitation with matching guest place cards and napkin rings! They’ll add style and a festive atmosphere to your holiday tablescape.
What would an Easter Celebration be without some adorable party decorations? I’ve created some colorful Spring “swirlies” to “hang around” your party too!
Print the decorations on nice card stock, glossy or matte, it’s your choice. Choose some pretty colored construction paper for the “swirly”. Then you’ll have some really cute Easter party decorations to help celebrate the holiday.
I’LL TELL YOU A LITTLE LATER IN THIS POST HOW TO GET YOUR OWN SET OF EASTER CELEBRATION PRINTABLES!
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