Cotton Wool Painted Apple Craft

When we moved house earlier this year one of my favourite things about it was the apple tree in the garden. Over the last few months we’ve watched the blossom turn into tiny apples and then watched them grow and grow. It’s been a good lesson in patience for all of us and I still have no idea if they’ll be nice or – ugh – crab apples but I really love that tree. When we were sat down ready to make this apple craft I asked the kids what colour apples were. ‘Green!’ ‘Red!’ ‘Look at the ones outside….’ Real apples are often a bit of a mixture and so our cotton wool painted apples are too.

cotton wool painted apple craft

To make these cotton wool painted apples you will need:

Paper plates

Cotton wool

Clothes pegs

Paint in red and green

Green card of craft foam



painting apple craft for kids

Let’s make it

We actually had way more shades of red and green paint a couple of weeks ago but there was a slight incident where we left the three year old alone ย for a few minutes and she really does have a creative soul you know? Ahem. So for this we used normal red and bright green paints but the dark green one is actually Annie Sloan paint.

Clothes pegs are a great way to paint with kids because as well as adding a bit of difference to the activity they’re also great for building fine motor skills. Use the clothes pegs ย to grab onto a bit of cotton wool and then dab it into the paint before dabbing it onto your paper plate. We used a paper plate to put the paints onto as it means they’re easier for the kids to put their cotton wool into the paint and also you can clean up super quickly afterwards. We made loads of apples, some with a few coloured splodges, some with loads and some, of course, with the colours all mixed together.

apple craft for kids

When you’re all happy with your paper plates leave them to dry and then cut out leaves for your apples from craft foam or card and glue them on.

Liked this craft? Make sure you bookmark this or pin the image at the bottom of this page so you don’t forget to make it.

Want more easy apple crafts for kids? We’ve got a pom pom apple tree, an apple themed writing tray and a cotton bud apple tree craft the kids loved!

easy paper plate apple craft for kids fine motor skills


  1. 15th August 2017 / 4:23 pm

    Well these are really cute and decorative, much more imagination than I have got x

  2. 16th August 2017 / 12:32 pm

    These are so cute. My foster sister loves painting so this apple craft would be perfect for her!

  3. 16th August 2017 / 1:54 pm

    These are really cool! I would love to make them with my little princess! ๐Ÿ˜€

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