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Project

Faux Tart Ornaments

This Handmade Holiday gift is an ornament that looks good enough to eat.

Materials

  • Blender
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Bowl
  • Table salt
  • White craft glue
  • Measuring cup
  • Spoon
  • Food molds
  • Nonstick spray
  • Acrylic paint, white and colors of choice
  • Paintbrush
  • Spackle
  • Food coloring or decorator gel (optional)
  • Piping bag
  • Tweezers
  • Decorative embellishments
  • Gloss varnish
  • Needle
  • Fishing line
  • Scissors
  • Candle
  • Pliers

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Add hot water to blender until it's about 1/3 full. Put 4 cups of shredded newspaper in blender. Blend together until newspaper is finely shredded. Take shredded newspaper out of blender and, using your hands, squeeze excess water into blender and place newspaper into bowl. Repeat this process until all the newspaper is removed from the blender.

  2. Step 2

    Add 2 teaspoons of table salt to newspaper in bowl. Add approximately 1/8 cup of white craft glue to the mixture. Using spoon or hands, mix newspaper, salt, and glue together.

  3. Step 3

    Select mold for ornament, and spray with nonstick spray. Using your hands, you're your newly made papier-mache and press into mold, making sure you see no parts of the mold through the newspaper and that the top edges are even. Set aside molds, letting them dry in warm sun or in oven heated to 200 degrees for about 2 1/2 hours. Be sure to keep checking on them as they dry.

  4. Step 4

    Take dry molds and remove faux food ornaments. Select an acrylic paint color. First, paint inside of the ornament. Saturate with paint, flip over, and paint outside. Let dry for about 10 minutes so it looses its shine.

  5. Step 5

    To make the piping, measure 1/2 cup of spackle and mix with 1 teaspoon white acrylic paint, enough for about 4 ornaments. If you would like colored piping, use food coloring or decorator gel. Place in a piping bag, and pipe onto ornament.

  6. Step 6

    Using tweezers, place decorative embellishments onto ornament. Let dry overnight.

  7. Step 7

    Spray gloss varnish on ornament. Using a needle, prick 2 holes in ornament. Cut 7 inches of fishing line, and place through holes. Melt ends with a candle, and using pliers, clamp ends together.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, December 2007

Reviews (37)

  • 30 Oct, 2009

    A great idea....however, may I add the importance for safety reasons in unplugging the blender before you put your hand inside it! Yikes!

  • 18 Nov, 2008

    Wouldn't plaster-of-paris make this a whole lot easier? Seems like a lot of fuss and muss.

  • 5 Oct, 2008

    Is this shown on u tube it be better (this is taking its time to view)

  • 5 Oct, 2008

    Is this shown on u tube it be better (this is taking its time to view)

  • 5 Oct, 2008

    Kathy37166 ,...I have found my tart ornaments @ winners 7.99 Cnd. for 8 molds.

  • 13 Jun, 2008

    to each half cup of spackle add 1 tsp. of white acrylic paint. If it is too thin and or runny add a little white glue till it reaches the thickness you want. Just a squirt or two at a time.

  • 31 May, 2008

    what is the equivalent to the stuff mixed with the white acrylic to make the faux icing??

  • 6 Feb, 2008

    I would like to know where you can find the faux ornament molds

  • 18 Jan, 2008

    My fingers turned black as did my white blender from the print. Under my fingernails it was black too. I don't have a Kitchen Aid blender so it jammed each time I made the paper. I sprayed the molds like heck and then the paper stuck and I can't get the paper out of the tarts =*(

  • 10 Jan, 2008

    Hooray for Jenny, another Etsy girlie

  • 6 Jan, 2008

    For the decorated tops of the tarts I use a creative clay gun set by Darice. It is a polymer clay extruder and it is small. I use the air dry clay and I have painted it after it has dried. I then glue it and cover it with the spray finish. I used a mini red glass glob found in mosaic supplies for a cherry on the top. Just press it into the clay for the indention before the clay dries. Glue the cherry on after the spray finish has dried.

  • 2 Jan, 2008

    I have "baked" some tarts now, but have not decorated them yet. I read the posts about the spackle flattening and the suggestion to ad glue to it. Would someone PLEASE share this technique before I begin to decorate a bunch of them.

    Also wondering it the cookies shown on the tree are made in the smae method?

    Thanks and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all!

  • 27 Dec, 2007

    I want to make these as gifts, but wasn't successful in being able to view the video. Just need a little help...Are these solid or are they hollow? Do you fill the molds or just line the inside of the mold with the newspaper pulp?

  • 21 Dec, 2007

    You need to let the video continue to play and part 2 will come on after the advert. Maybe that should be made clear somewhere on the page.

  • 14 Dec, 2007

    Yeah! I made a full sized cake in a "star" shaped nordic ware bundt pan! Beautiful! I want more Martha! Teach us how to make faux ice cream, and bread, and jelly roll cakes! These things are SO expensive to buy! How fun!

  • 14 Dec, 2007

    Yeah! I made a full sized cake in a "star" shaped nordic ware bundt pan! Beautiful! I want more Martha! Teach us how to make faux ice cream, and bread, and jelly roll cakes! These things are SO expensive to buy! How fun!

  • 13 Dec, 2007

    Why dont you guys have part 2 to the faux ornament video? There is only part 1 and how are you suppose to see how to decorate? Martha says to learn how to make this go to her website and its not even here. I feel very misled.

  • 13 Dec, 2007

    Do you think the cannoli ornament is made the same way as the tarts? How does she make the cannoli shape? Any ideas?

  • 13 Dec, 2007

    Now I got to ask Crafteraholic. How much glue to how much spackle? Thanks

  • 12 Dec, 2007

    You can see pictures of the crafts if you choose "Print" above. The picture and all directions are there and it's formatted so you can punch holes and put in a craft bible if you want to. I don't know why they don't put pictures on the description page, but if you put it in print format you can see them. Hope this helps!

  • 11 Dec, 2007

    My spackle tended to flatten out like pancakes. However, I added a little elmers glue to the recipe! My spackle (cream) keeps beautiful shape.

  • 11 Dec, 2007

    "How does one reach Martha's staff to request that all craft projects be accompanied by a photo?" You can see the craft picture if you print the article. Use the print link on every page, when the page prints it has the detailed directions and a picture. This is true for every item I have printed from this site. Hope this helps.

  • 10 Dec, 2007

    you can see som pics in her etsy shop

    http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5215634

  • 10 Dec, 2007

    How does one reach Martha's staff to request that all craft projects be accompanied by a photo? It's a simple request that is frequently voiced under the comments section. HGTV.com does an excellent job of posting photos with their craft projects i.e., Carol Duval, That's Clever, etc., This project is fun

  • 10 Dec, 2007

    I did it, and yes they look real, and YES it is easy! However, problem with spackle keeping it's shape over it's drying time. Any suggestions...maybe too much paint I am not sure. They still look yummy, just not as perfect as I would like. What a great thing to put on a gift as an embellishement!

  • 8 Dec, 2007

    I really liked this craft! I think that you should put a picture of the finished product. I was trying to show a picture of this craft. But I cannot find it

  • 7 Dec, 2007

    Check out Jenni's link for lots of pics!
    http://www.jenniboriginals.com/

  • 7 Dec, 2007

    Check out Jenni's link for lots of pics!
    http://www.jenniboriginals.com/

  • 7 Dec, 2007

    I like your instructions but why don't you include a picture of the finished product!

  • 7 Dec, 2007

    I like how clear the directions are for this craft (the how to attach the fish line is in it too). Photos would be nice but the link that is provided for Jenni Bowman has lots of great pictures. I just hope I can find some cute molds to make these with.

  • 7 Dec, 2007

    I can't wait to make these! They're luscious!

  • 7 Dec, 2007

    I can't wait to make these! They're luscious!

  • 7 Dec, 2007

    ARE THE DECORATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS REAL OR FAKE? IF FAKE, WHERE CAN I GET THEM?

  • 7 Dec, 2007

    I loved the ornaments and plan to make them, unfortunately by the time I can get to making them I will have forgotten what they look like. A picture would really have helped.

  • 7 Dec, 2007

    I watched the show but time ran short and she quickly told how to put the fishing line on but didnt demonstrate. Even with this explanation, I still dont understand how I'm to do the fishing line! Pics of this would help!

  • 7 Dec, 2007

    pictures would be just great

  • 7 Dec, 2007

    Thanks for the ideas and instructions but pictures, please....

    Merry Christmas!