Spun Cotton Fruits and Veggies


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Spunnys spun cotton fruits and vegetables are imported from Germany and sold blank (unpainted). They are easy to paint (see tips below) and all have a little hole on one end in which a floral stem can be inserted.

Easily make your own unique millinery fruits and veggies, create beautiful vintage compositions, craft your own christmas tree ornaments…



  • MINI PUMPKINS 15mm tall x 22mm wide . These blank shapes look like miniature pin cushions and would also work great to make apples, small tomatoes, doughnut peaches, turnips, rutabagas…
  • MINI TOMATOES 22mm tall x 28mm wide. These shapes look a little like mini ovnis.
  • MINI APPLES 42mm tall x 41mm wide.
  • MINI PEARS 51mm tall x 42mm wide.
  • MINI EGGPLANTS 43mm tall x 22mm wide. Looks like an elongated Vintage Edison lightbulb with a flat top.
  • MINI STRAWBERRIES 30mm tall x 30mm wide.
  • MINI LEMONS (could also be used as TURNIPS) 40mm tall x 29mm wide
        • 30mm tall x 10mm wide. A mini carrot. These  shapes are elongated and would also be great for corn cobs, chili peppers, yams, bananas, cucumbers…
        • 52mm tall x 17mm wide. A much larger carrot. The “typical” carrots shape.
        • 55mm tall x 24mm wide. An XL carrot shape.


      miniature eggplant decoration
      Painted miniature eggplant (with added paper leaf and stem)


      Spun Cotton Lemon Turnip
      Spun Cotton Lemon / Turnip – 40mm tall x 29mm wide


      Spun Cotton Strawberry
      Spun Cotton Strawberry – 30mm tall x 30mm wide


      spun cotton pear
      Spun cotton pear – 51mm tall x 42mm wide (stem and leaf not included)


      Miniature pear unfinished
      Spun cotton pear – 51mm tall x 42mm wide


      Spun cotton apple
      Spun Cotton Apple – 42 tall x 41 wide (stem and leaf not included)


      Miniature apple unfinished
      Spun Cotton Apple – 42 tall x 41 wide
      Notice the cute dimple at the bottom.


      Spun cotton carrot XL
      Spun Cotton Carrott – 55mm tall x 24mm wide


      spun cotton carrot unfinished
      Spun Cotton Carrott – 52mm tall x 17mm wide


      Spun cotton carrot blank
      Spun Cotton Carrot – 30mm tall x 10mm wide


      Spun Cotton Pumpkin – 15mm tall x 22mm wide


      Spun cotton tomato blank
      Spun Cotton Tomato – 22mm tall x 28mm wide




      For example:

      • Small size spun cotton balls work great to make green peas or any kind of berries: blueberries, red currants, black currants… They are also perfect for holly berries and mistletoe.



      Within our teardrop shape category:

      • Spunnys teardrop “small bulb” shapes can be used to make turnips and radishes
      • Spunnys teardrop “tree bud” shapes can be used to make radishes
      • Spunnys teardrop “perfect teardrop” shapes can be used to make rose hips and hot chili peppers



      miniature vegetable ornaments DIY
      From left to right:
      Spunnys “teardrop small bulb” shape (pink radish), Spunnys eggplant shape, and Spunnys carrot 55×24 shape



      DIY spun cotton fruits vegetables
      From left to right:
      Spunnys “tree bud” shape (red radish), Spunnys pumpkin shape (pumpkin), Spunnys tomato shape, Spunnys carrot shape



      How to paint spun cotton fruits and vegetables 


      Spun cotton shapes are very easy to paint and most art materials will work (we tried acrylic paint, crayons, watercolor, glass paint, enamel paint, spray paint, even nail polish and all work fine). The shapes can also be decorated with glitter or dusted with mica flakes to give them a shimmery effect.

      For a beautiful finish, the spun cotton fruits and veggies can be lacquered, varnished, or dipped in glossy mod podge. For a food safe finish, we recommend the use of a shellac spray.

      TIP:  To avoid getting your fingers dirty with paint, you can hold the shapes via wooden sticks (such as bamboo skewers). The wooden sticks also come in handy to rest the shapes while they dry (drying only takes a few minutes).


      Spun cotton ornaments vegetables DIY
      Wooden sticks work great to hold the spun cotton fruits and veggies


      TIP: For a realistic look, do not hesitate to dent the spun cotton shapes prior to painting them. You can use your finger nails, a metal ruler, a spoon – anything. We used this technique to make our carrots and the pumpkin.


      How to make miniature stems, greens and leaves: 


      Each fruit and veggie blank has a little hole on top making it easy to insert materials such as stem wires, pipe cleaners, little wooden twigs…

      To make miniature stems, floral stem wire (the kraft paper covered kind) works very well because it looks realistic and it can be painted any color. Use a good pair of wire cutters when working with stem wire and don’t forget to wear eye protection (small pieces of wire have a tendency to fly off when snapped).

      To make miniature veggie greens and veggie leaves, we started with painting regular paper (on its two sides). We then cut out leave shapes into the paper,  glued them to small pieces of stem wire, and inserted the wires into the blank shapes.

      Both crepe streamer paper and plain regular paper can be used. Crepe streamer paper is a little more fragile than plain regular paper. However, the wrinkles on the crepe paper give it a more realistic look.


      millinery fruits vegetables DIY craft idea
      Crepe streamer paper was used for the greens (notice the wrinkles)


      Do not hesitate to send us your questions. We are passionate about Spun Cotton Shapes and are always happy to help.



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