Nothing says Christmas like Colonial Fruit Boards! They are a favorite of the First Lady of Pennsylvania, Susan Corbett, and this year we made them to hang over the front door of the Governor’s Mansion. The first year you make one will require the most time.

You will need a plywood fan board, which is basically the shape of half of a circle. Your local hardware store should be able to help you out with this one. Install three heavy duty eye hooks into the top of the board. These hooks will attach to nails above your door. Once you have your board, you can use it year after year.

You will cover the board with greens and fruit. Start with stapling greens or magnolia leaves to cover your board.

There’s only one must in my book: a pineapple. The rest of the fruit is up to you. Think apples, lemons, oranges, etc. You can use fake or real fruit. If you use real fruit, you should shellac it first to ensure it lasts.

Center your pineapple in the center of your board. You can either hot glue your fruit on, or hammer nails into your board and place the fruit on top of the nails. If you hot glue your fruit, make sure you wire the pineapple onto the board as well.

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