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05 January, 2012

Vintage French Script Fruit

063Now that the rush of the holidays is over, I am enjoying a more leisurely pace and getting back to some projects that I have had on the back burner for a while. And here is one of them…my vintage French script fruit! I have tons of faux fruit in my stash…some not quite so realistic and in need of a make-over. So I decided to découpage them much like I did my Country Living inspired pumpkins.

036 First, I spray-painted the fruit white to keep the darker colors from bleeding through. Next, I printed some vintage French advertisements that I found here and here at the Graphics Fairy! Karen is always so generous to share her wonderful finds with us! Then I cut the graphics into strips the length of the fruit.

040I notched the strips in on each side to make them easier to handle and applied them with Mod Podge. You can find a few tips for découpage here and here. It requires a little skill and lots of patience.

045And…taa daa…here they are! You will notice that I tried to preserve the integrity of the ads as much as possible, but that’s difficult to do after the first three or so strips. I also painted the stems black once I had finished.

bkOur co-host Baby Kitty seems somewhat unimpressed by my efforts. Perhaps next time I will try doing a mouse instead of fruit!

063 But as for me, I think I like them! They look right at home with my vintage book bundle, don’t you think? Total cost of the project…nothing! Free! I already had everything I needed! Now that’s my kind of project!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my project! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Roeshel at the DIY Showoff for the DIY Project Parade
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Beth at The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Judy at DIY by Design for the Winter Blues Party

Paula and Patti at Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
Jill at French Cupboard for Voila!French Inspiration on Thursdays
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday

Heather and Vanessa at At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Jen at Tatertots and Jello for the Weekend Wrap-up Party
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

See you next time! A la prochaine!

102 comments:

  1. I LOVE this project, Debbie! I have all kinds of ugly fruit sitting around here lol...and now I am inspired! Thanks!

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  2. Love them! How clever. Baby kitty is adorable too! Thank you for my New Year's wishes and the same to you!

    Jane
    Flora Doora

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  3. What a wonderful idea. I see decoupage in the future of all that plastic fruit I used at Thanksgiving on the dining room table. So, why don't you live next door to me? We could have so much fun!

    Lois

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  4. Those re just adorable! Thanks for the idea, the possibilities are endless, love that!

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  5. I love them! I can't wait to get started!
    Fondly, Tami
    www.thisandthatfromtami.blogspot.com

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  6. Very nice! I'm thinking a "must do".

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  7. Hi Debbie, absolutely adorable. I want to try this. Thanks!

    Barb

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  8. debbie- I am working on this same project right now. My paper was too heavy so I had to start over. I have a little different twist but I know yours look way better than mine! Thanks for the tutorial. Looks like I am starting over! xo, laura

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  9. Debbie, you are starting the new year off with a bang. Good for you! These French script fruits are a terrific idea and a great match for the vintage book bundle. You inspire me! ~ sarah

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  10. Super cute! And what a great way to freshen up some of that old faux fruit we have laying around! Great idea and good tip with the notching of the paper so it won't look all wrinkley! You always have the best projects and you explain the procedures so well!

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  11. More beautiful work Debbie. I love all your art work.
    Happy NewYear
    Riet

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  12. What a fun project..and it looks so expensive! Happy New year! ♥

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  13. I love this idea! I had planned on doing the pumpkins this year but never got around to doing it! Maybe I will try the fruit!
    Great job!
    -Shelley

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  14. Hi Debbie, A great project to start the new year. I love the look and yes, I do think the fruit looks great with the vintage book bundle! You always make your tutorials easy peasy. Baby Kitty seems to be daydreaming today. Thanks, I plan to give this one an attempt….Hope you and yours have the best New Year.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  15. You are really starting the year off on the right step with another terrific new project for us!

    Thank you for linking this fabulous post to Potpourri Friday!

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  16. Nicely done. They do look great with your book bundle!

    Holly

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  17. I LOVE them Debbie! That last shot looks fabulous!!

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  18. These are delightful! What a great idea.

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  19. They turned out great Debbie and free is good! Baby Kitty is so handsome:@)

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  20. Debbie, I'll bet someone at PB is stalking your blog to see what they will be selling next season. It might be French fruit! Very clever, girl! Linda

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  21. wow.. love this.. I mean seriously love it.

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  22. You are so clever to take old faux fruit and turn them into perfect french fare! Love them. That baby kitty is a cutie even if he wasn't impressed! hugs, Linda

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  23. Free is really good and they look great...I saw something similar at HL today and trust me, they were NOT free!

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  24. Cute idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  25. AWE-some!! what a great idea to take the pumpkin concept to regular fruit! Love that pear for sure, thanks for linking up to the party! xoxo

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  26. I love the look of these. I'm always trying to come up with fun ways to decorate in the kitchen and this is perfect thanks!

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  27. Okay, that's it Debbie, I want to start coming over and hanging out with you on "project day"! I love this idea. I always watch for faux fruit while thrifting and have painted them and glittered them. Now I want to try my hand at this! Thank you for joining TTF and have a wonderful weekend!

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  28. Very cute! You are so talented! What a great way to re-use some faux fruit!
    I bet those would sell for a pretty price in a boutique!

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  29. So Great! I love the crisp black and white! Very inspiring.
    XO Cindy

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  30. What a beautiful and very clever idea!

    Baby Kitty is a cutie! :)

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  31. I just love those! They look absolutely darling and we are so glad you shared them with us at Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

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  32. love love love them ... sensational .. thanks for sharing .. hugz x

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  33. awe - these are adorable! i am excited to try to decoupage some eggs similar to this when it is closer to Easter! ooxx, tracie

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  34. Those turned out great Debbie!
    I think you just gave me some inspiration, now just to find some time to do it!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  35. I love, love, love this idea! I am going to decorate some fruit for my Mom. Thanks for this great crafting tip!!

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  36. Debbie, your fruit looks unique and fun, and I think I need to try that one. You're making me want to return to Paris! Really enjoy your blog. Thanks, Helen

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  37. Oh my, I have to run to the trash, I just threw out some fake fruit, I was tired of. What a refreshing idea.

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  38. Oh my goodness - LOVE this!! I too have some fake fruit I need to either throw out, or find something to do with - here I go! I featured you today in my Friday I'm In Love favorites!

    http://socialsalutations.blogspot.com/2012/01/friday-im-in-love-and-inspired.html

    - Jenn @ Social Salutations

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  39. I think I see another magazine feature in this project! I love the photo in front of the old books!

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  40. Yes! I like them a lot! Very creative Miss Deb!

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  41. I'm very impressed, they look wonderful! What a great idea.

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  42. Hi Debbie,
    These are so cute...Love them. Very clever. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

    Hugs and Kisses,
    ♥Ana

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  43. Love it, beautiful French script, love the idea. You made me want to Mod Podge on this cold January morning :) Thanks for sharing, I found your link at Common Ground's party. Hugs ~ Mary

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  44. Hi Debbie,
    I've been working on some Styrofoam balls and decoupaging them with coffee stained dictionary pages. They don't look half as good as your fruit. This is must try for me. Thanks so much for the tutorial.

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  45. These are so cute, you always have such good ideas! :)

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  46. The fruit came out so well. Thanks for sharing.
    Michele

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  47. Hi Debbie!
    They turned out so perfect! Love it!!! I wonder if I've got anything like that laying around??
    Thanks for sharing!
    xo,
    Shellagh

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  48. This is fabulous~! I featured your tutorial on my blog....Create with TLC....
    http://createwithtlc-createwithtlc.blogspot.com/
    Paulette

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  49. You are one crafty Lady, sweet Deb! xo Kathysue

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  50. What a project, love it! I'm thinking this is one that I must try! You are just so clever, Missy~!

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  51. Well you don't need another comment on how great your idea is so will say hello kitty

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  52. Great little project! Did you use an inkjet printer? Does the ink not bleed?

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  53. They look great! Painting the stems afterwards was a good solution.

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  54. So cute! I'm pinning this. Little Bit from DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

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  55. Hi Lauren...Yes, it's an inkjet printer and no, it doesn't bleed! Yaay!...Debbie

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  56. They are lovely, Debbie! Do you think the Graphics Fairy has anything in Gaelic, so I could make Irish fruits and such! :)

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  57. Those are gorgeous! And Baby Kitty is very cute also. :)

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  58. Loving it! Trying it! Pinning it! :)
    <3 Happy New Year!

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  59. Those look great! What an awesome idea!! :)

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  60. Oh, what fun Debbie! Another great mod podge project to inspire us. The Frenchie-inspired fruit look gorgeous!!

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  61. I will be sure to stop by the blogs that you mentioned, one at a time.
    About your fruits? They llok fabulous and they did not cost a thing? that is even better.
    thanks for sharing.

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  62. How can you call that guy, baby kitty??? He/she? looks like one big hunk of honey ;-). Seems to be ignoring your fruit , however!

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  63. Awesome idea. next time I see faux fruits for a "penny" I get them. This is verry pretty.:)

    Lineca

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  64. Fun and fab project; I love Karen, the Graphics Fairy -- her "finds" are amazing!

    Happy New Year to you and yours! May it be filled with LOTS of dishes and delight.
    Cass

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  65. Oh, Debbie! I love your fruit! You are just the most creative one and so Frenchy! Baby Kitty helped, I just know she did!
    Happy New Year to you and another year of blogging!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  66. I love these! Decoupage is one of my favorite crafts.
    Brenda

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  67. Love your fruit makeover! How fun and pretty! Great project to get us all going this year! Thanks for sharing!
    Miss Bloomers

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  68. Very nice, Debbie. Your vignette with them looks fab!...Christine

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  69. Diane, you've done it again girl. They are absolutely darling. Yes, Miss kitty seems to be acting a bit 'snobbish' and looking the other way. lol! She's cute enough that she can get away with it.

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  70. Just an excellent idea. You just keep coming up with them don't you. I have lots of fake fruit that could use some freshening up too. Love this idea. Hope you are well and Page is too. Love.

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  71. What a fun idea and your fruit turned out wonderfully. Your baby Kitity is cute. Have a great Sunday!

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  72. Oh my goodness ... what a fantastic idea, Debbie! They look amazing ... thanks for sharing!

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  73. I have yet to try Mod Podge! Your fruit looks great wrapped in the vintage paper!

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  74. Way to go! These look fantastic. I like to decoupage too, but I just use Elmer's glue and water (okay I'm cheap). Thanks for sharing. I'm following you around now, so stop by and visit. I love to meet new blog friends, Lori

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  75. Love the french script the fruit looks wonderful...

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  76. Hi Debbie,

    Your pears look amazing!!! Super project!

    Dee

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  77. Love this project! They look great with that pattern. Great job!

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  78. A mouse, now that would be the ticket! Happy New Year Debbie, you are a wonderful friend.

    xo, Bonnie

    PS - Kitty sends a shout out to the staff

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  79. What a wonderfully clever idea!! I love that it was fee also. I am also enjoying a less frenetic pace now too.

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  80. beautiful project & your photos are so crisp & inviting! would love to have ya come visit & link up!

    http://northerncottage.blogspot.com/2012/01/northern-cottage-party-time-tuesday2.html

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  81. I love this project. I have a ton of fake fruit too that could use a makeover. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

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  82. I love these! Thanks for sharing such a great tutorial! These are just fabulous! I have to give this a try!

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  83. What a fun project and they look wonderful! I like them next to your vintage book bundle. Thanks for the links.

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  84. Let me be #88 to tell you "WOW!"

    These are great!!! :)

    Via: Wow Us Wed Linky Party at Savvy Southern Style today.

    Smiles and thanks for sharing :)
    Suzanne in NW Illinois

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  85. Those are wonderful! I must try this with some of my old fake fruit. Following your blog now that I found you.
    Deb

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  86. Yum! How cleaver! Thanks for sharing the great idea! I hope you'll hop over to my new blog and check it out!

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  87. Super cute idea! Thanks for sharing with all of us. I know there will be some beautiful mod podged fruit around my house soon!

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  88. So gorgeous Debbie! Thank you for sharing them with us at Inspiration Friday, we will be featuring them this afternoon.

    Heather

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  89. Love this~ how darling!! Sharing this at tonights party! Thanks for linking up! :)

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  90. That's my kind of project too, Debbie! I love it!!!

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  91. Debbie, Just look at all those comments! I love this idea and the fruit looks wonderful.
    xo, Sherry

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  92. They're so wonderful I made a post on my blog about it.
    Here's the link:
    http://petitepoohmonamour.blogspot.com/2012/01/cose-carine-di-persone-creative.html
    Hope you will enjoy and thanks for sharing such beautiful things.
    Hugs
    Aretusa

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  93. LOVE this idea! This looks like a project I could try. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from at the picket fence.

    -Nedra
    http://adventuremomblog.com

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  94. These are so fantastic!! I can see endless possibilities here. Thank you for sharing! Visiting from "Picket Fence".

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  95. So very creative! These are def on my list of things to make, thanks!

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  96. These are great! I have family living in France right now and I am going to tell them to start saving their newspapers! Great job!

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  97. Can't say enough about how much I like this! You are very talented!

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  98. Oh I just love your french pears.. Oh la la... something like that. I so enjoyed them. New eyes to see what I can decoupage these french inspired papers on. Thanks for sharing. So enjoyed your blog Debbie.
    Come by and see me if you get a chance. I am a new blogger. Would love your visit.
    Cindy

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie

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