Lifelike Lemons


Craft Tutorials, Celluclay

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Materials Needed:

Step 1

Prepare the CelluClay

Mix the CelluClay according to package directions.

Add 32oz. of warm water to 1 lb. of CelluClay mixing in a zip top bag.

Knead with fingers until the CelluClay reaches the consistency of clay or stiff dough with no dry spots.

Add more dry CelluClay if mixture is too wet or soft, and more water if CelluClay if too dry or stiff.

Remove the Celluclay from bag when done mixing.

Step 2


Use a 3” styrofoam ball as the armature for each of the lemon sculptures.

Step 3


Cover each armature with a coat of the CelluClay.

Smooth out any bumps in the CelluClay with wet fingertips.

Add additional CelluClay in a hill formation to the top and bottom of the sphere form.

Apply several coats of CelluClay as needed. Allowing the individual coats to dry in between layers.

Step 4


Indent an X into one of the ends of the lemon forms using a flat ended sculpture tool.

Poke a small hole in the middle of the X with a ball stylus.

Step 5


Allow the sculpture to air dry. Humidity levels will impact drying time.

The CelluClay will lighten in color and become harder as it is drying.

The CelluClay will feel room temperature when dry and have a bright white color appearance.

Step 6


Use sandpaper to smooth out any rough areas or bumps on the sculpture’s surface.


Step 7


Cut a piece of yellow tissue paper into small squares.

Decoupage the sculpture with yellow tissue paper and matte varnish

Darken the stem area in with dark yellow acrylic paint.

Step 8


Create a lemon peel texture by indenting a metal ball stylus over and over into the decoupage surface.

Step 9


Glue an artificial green leaf into the stem area of some of the lemon sculptures.

*Not all of the lemons need to be embellished with a leaf to give it a lifelike appearance.

Step 10


Place the lifelike lemons into a bowl arrangement.