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Crafting with Dudes Goes Back to School with Quick and Simple Apple Printing

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Whole Living's monthly crafting segment, Crafting with Dudes, took a summer hiatus, but now Crafternoon author Maura Madden and the boys are back and ready to create!  We're all about recycling, repurposing, and reusing, so for this Back-to-School Week edition we chose a simple apple printing craft. It's fun for kids of all ages, the only supply to purchase is the paint, it works on almost any canvas or paper school supplies you might have, and it can be done in just minutes. 

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Apple printing is a simple, kid-friendly craft that you can do in minutes with just a few supplies.

1 Apple printing is a simple, kid-friendly craft that you can do in minutes with just a few supplies.

Apple printing obviously starts with apples, and it's more fun to get a few with different shapes.

2 Apple printing obviously starts with apples, and it's more fun to get a few with different shapes.

The only thing necessary to buy for this craft is fabric paint.  Fabric markers are handy to add details.

3 The only thing necessary to buy for this craft is fabric paint. Fabric markers are handy to add details.

You can stamp on just about anything, like tote bags, paper boxes, pencil cases, paper lunch bags (for those field trip days when you don't want to lose a lunch box), notebooks, book covers, or cloth napkins.

4 You can stamp on just about anything, like tote bags, paper boxes, pencil cases, paper lunch bags (for those field trip days when you don't want to lose a lunch box), notebooks, book covers, or cloth napkins.

Step one: Slice the apples in half.  Use paper towels to dab away excess moisture on the cut surface before you dip into paint.

5 Step one: Slice the apples in half. Use paper towels to dab away excess moisture on the cut surface before you dip into paint.

We set up newspaper to protect the countertop, and used paper plates for both dipping in paint and wiping away excess paint on the apples.

6 We set up newspaper to protect the countertop, and used paper plates for both dipping in paint and wiping away excess paint on the apples.

Channeling their inner Andy Warhols, Scott and Chris started cranking out brightly colored bags in rapid succession.

7 Channeling their inner Andy Warhols, Scott and Chris started cranking out brightly colored bags in rapid succession.

Scott used a paintbrush to transform his apple stamp into a heart shape.

8 Scott used a paintbrush to transform his apple stamp into a heart shape.

Maura recommended making sure that paint is evenly distributed on the apple by wiping with a paper towel, then doing a practice stamp on paper before applying the paint to cloth.

9 Maura recommended making sure that paint is evenly distributed on the apple by wiping with a paper towel, then doing a practice stamp on paper before applying the paint to cloth.

Chris's first creation was a green apple mini-tote.  We like the idea of using these to give someone a gift certificate along with some small candy or toys.

10 Chris's first creation was a green apple mini-tote. We like the idea of using these to give someone a gift certificate along with some small candy or toys.

Scott stamps onto a paper box.

11 Scott stamps onto a paper box.

Layering stamps gives a funky look.

12 Layering stamps gives a funky look.

Scott (left), Maura, and Chris show off the finished crafts.

13 Scott (left), Maura, and Chris show off the finished crafts.

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Instructions are here, and we hope you'll be inspired by these photos of Living Today engineer Chris Hauselt and Sirius XM web editor Scott Frampton in action.  If you heard today's show and want to try some of the other projects we mentioned, click for instructions for the Ocean Diorama and the rest of the Eco-Friendly Back-to-School Crafts.

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