Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been in love with very simple paper crafts. Whether they’re cut and paste based or more about folding like folding for origami, there’s just something simple and satisfying that I love about making paper crafts. Now that I’m an adult with more advanced DIY skills, I really like paper crafts that actually involve constructing something or giving paper a solid shape in order to create something 3D. In fact, playing with these concepts is how I came up with the idea of making 3D paper apples! As we move towards spring, I get more excited about creating spring-like things, so the idea of using the paper crafting skills I love so much to bring a piece of fruit to life thrilled me.
As I usually do, I decided to document the DIY process of making these little 3D apples the moment I realized I liked them so much that I was going to make more, in all different colours and kinds of paper. That way, I can share the idea with other crafting enthusiasts who like paper projects and seasonal spring things just as much as me. Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.
For this project, you’ll need:
- Paper (colorful or patterned, yellow, brown, and green)
- A glue stick
- A pencil
- A pen
Gather your materials!
Cut out all of your pieces that you’ll later assemble! Cut a quarter inch wide and four inch long strip from your piece of yellow paper. This will later be your greeting banner. Then cut a quarter inch by two inch strip from your brown paper, fold it in half, and round off the top corners of the open side towards the creased side. This will be your apple’s stem. Next, cut two leaf shapes, with one rounded end and one tapered point end, from your green paper. Set all of these shapes aside for the moment.
Make the base shapes that will form your actual apple. Fold one of your patterned or coloured pages in half lengthwise, bringing the top edge and corners down to evenly meet the bottom edge and corners, making sure the colourful side is on the outside of your folds. Then fold the piece in half again but widthwise this time. Unfold the second fold you just made and cut the still-doubled piece in half. Open one of the pieces you just cut free and turn it long-ways, then fold one side in so its edge meets the fold-line in the centre and crease the piece into place. Then do the same thing on the other side. Cut the piece in half between those edges so you now have two folded pieces. Repeat this process with the other half you cut free earlier. Repeat this process with the rest of the original page and then your second page until you have a total of eight evenly sized folded pieces.
Now fold each of your eight pieces back on itself so it’s the same shape as before but now with the side you don’t want to show in your final product facing outwards. Use your pencil to draw a nearly circular shape against each piece’s creased edge so that you end up with shapes that are almost circular except where they stay attached to that crease. Then cut each shape out, but make sure you don’t cut through each one’s crease. Also make sure that you’re cutting through both sides of the folded shape. The result is that you have two near-circles that are fused on one side.
Assemble the two halves of your apple; four of your fused circle pieces on either side. Hold your first fused circle closed so its back side faces out and apply glue all over one circular side. Take the next fused circle piece and meet it evenly with its corresponding circle, gluing it into place so the crease of that second piece faces the same way and sits evenly with the crease of the first. Repeat this process until you’ve attached four folded fused circle pieces. Then do this whole process again with your other four pieces to make a second, separate four-piece half. Trim any excess edging from your joined rounded shapes if they don’t sit fully evenly against each other.