Well, the garage sales were disappointing this weekend, I didn’t assemble a pile of fabulous potential makeovers. That got me digging in my supply drawers and one was stuffed to the brim with faux fruit, lemons, lime and orange slices. Immediately I decided to make a faux fruit valance using them all up!
I have made many valances using faux fruit as an accent in my LittleLaLaOriginals shop in Etsy:
These are the supplies you need to make your own whimsical valance:
Faux fruit, small screw eyes, wood beads, 20 gauge colored wire, wire cutters, needle nose pliers, an awl, hot glue gun.
I am an affiliate with Amazon (that means if you click and purchase I get a few $$ and there is no extra charge to you) and I was happy to discover they have a good selection of faux fruit nowadays! I had to really scour the internet the last time I bought some.
Step #1. After you assemble the fruit, decide on a pattern for your valance. I made some strands of lemon and lime slices, whole lemons, orange slices and lime slices and had some leftover wind chime pieces for the center focal point.
Step #2. Poke a hole in the top and bottom of each piece with an awl. NOTE: you won’t need to poke a hole in all the BOTTOM of the end pieces, only the ones who have something attached to their bottom.
Step #3 & #4. Faux SLICES> Place an eye screw at the top and bottom of most of the pieces. (Some end pieces don’t need an eye screw at the bottom.) Then paint the eye screw a pretty color. I use fast dry fingernail polish because it has an applicator brush, covers well, and dries fast (I am impatient!)
Faux LEMONS> remove the end stem which will leave a little hole. Squirt hot glue in the hole and quickly insert an eye screw holding it until the hot glue has cooled. Firmly holding the faux lemon, poke a hole in the bottom and repeat with a squirt of hot glue and hold until the eye screw is set in the hot glue. (REMEMBER not all bottom of the fruit pieces need an eye screw)
Step #5. Cut lengths of 20 gauge wire. (I cut my lengths 3″ and 4″). Start by making a loop at one end with a needle nose plier and use a small wood bead to start the “bead strand”. After the wire is full of beads with 1/2″ left, curl the end into a loop with the pliers.
Step #6. Assembling your “strands”. To assemble, open each loop of the wire ends and close again after you add the faux fruit to it.
This strand uses three lemons utilizing 5 eye screws and two bead strands.
This valance is truly OOAK and is a real showstopper. I am listing a slightly larger version of this valance in my Etsy Shop this week.
I guess it is a good thing the garage sales let me down, now I have a cluttered drawer empty. HMMMM what can I put in it?