Fruit Coloring Pages & A Citrus Slice Paper Craft

Last week, I created an adult coloring page in the form of a turtle template – a fun paper craft that was a huge hit. Since you all enjoyed it so much, I decided to tweak that template a bit and create fruit coloring pages in the shape of citrus slices. These are more open-ended: grown-ups can have fun practicing shading and texture, but it’s simple enough for kids as well.

I also skipped the “box” part, left it flat, and made it so that you can add a fun message inside. Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links.

 

 

These free printable citrus fruit coloring pages fold into surprise message cards - put a photo inside, write a corny love note, either way it will be loved! This citrus paper craft works as a DIY paper toy and the fun lemon, orange, and lime slices can be played with or given as gifts.

 

 

I love the pretty look of citrus fruit. Their colors brighten up any setting, but even more so, the insides create the most beautiful patterns when sliced.

 

 

 

These free printable citrus fruit coloring pages fold into surprise message cards - put a photo inside, write a corny love note, either way it will be loved! This citrus paper craft works as a DIY paper toy and the fun lemon, orange, and lime slices can be played with or given as gifts.

 

 

Instead of turning this one into a box, I decided to keep it flat and add a message or photo inside instead. The message inside was inspired by Easy Peasy & Fun’s paper heart flower, which also opens up with a message.

 

 

These free printable citrus fruit coloring pages fold into surprise message cards - put a photo inside, write a corny love note, either way it will be loved! This citrus paper craft works as a DIY paper toy and the fun lemon, orange, and lime slices can be played with or given as gifts.

 

 

I gave the lime with the photo of me and M as a toddler to M. It’s a great little gift for the separation anxiety he sometimes gets when going to preschool, and to help him feel special with a baby brother around. As Baby Y gets older and cuter, M gets a bit more jealous, so something simple like this reminds him how special he is to me…

 

 

These free printable citrus fruit coloring pages fold into surprise message cards - put a photo inside, write a corny love note, either way it will be loved! This citrus paper craft works as a DIY paper toy and the fun lemon, orange, and lime slices can be played with or given as gifts.

 

 

After you’ve colored these fruit coloring pages, you can throw them into a wire bowl as a centerpiece too. If you plan to keep them fixed in place, you’ll want to glue the swirl on the back shut so that it doesn’t open (as it doesn’t lock in place.)

 

 

These free printable citrus fruit coloring pages fold into surprise message cards - put a photo inside, write a corny love note, either way it will be loved! This citrus paper craft works as a DIY paper toy and the fun lemon, orange, and lime slices can be played with or given as gifts.

 

 

Or, just scatter them around as a party centerpiece….

 

 

These free printable citrus fruit coloring pages fold into surprise message cards - put a photo inside, write a corny love note, either way it will be loved! This citrus paper craft works as a DIY paper toy and the fun lemon, orange, and lime slices can be played with or given as gifts.  

 

 

I colored these fruit coloring pages using an assortment of STABILO markers. The trick for getting a bit of texture in is to use different packs where the colors are a bit off – but pick two that are the same color officially. Test them, see which is slightly darker, and add soft strokes using that one.

I used STABILO Pen 68 and Power markers.

 

 

These free printable citrus fruit coloring pages fold into surprise message cards - put a photo inside, write a corny love note, either way it will be loved! This citrus paper craft works as a DIY paper toy and the fun lemon, orange, and lime slices can be played with or given as gifts.  

 

 

I created a lemon, lime, and orange out of the fruit coloring pages – and you can do a grapefruit too!

 

 

 

What you need to assemble your citrus fruit coloring pages:

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Alternate: if you prefer just to have the fruit, you can purchase the full color version in my Etsy shop or on Gumroad.

 

 

 

 

How to turn these fruit coloring pages into citrus halves:

 

Watch the assembly video, or scroll down for photo instructions:

 

 


 

 

1. Color away!

These free printable citrus fruit coloring pages fold into surprise message cards - put a photo inside, write a corny love note, either way it will be loved! This citrus paper craft works as a DIY paper toy and the fun lemon, orange, and lime slices can be played with or given as gifts.

 

 

Get creative… Layer strokes for a subtle texture on the wedges.

These free printable citrus fruit coloring pages fold into surprise message cards - put a photo inside, write a corny love note, either way it will be loved! This citrus paper craft works as a DIY paper toy and the fun lemon, orange, and lime slices can be played with or given as gifts.

 

 

Those funny attached triangle-ish shapes are going to be the “rind”. Color those too.

These free printable citrus fruit coloring pages fold into surprise message cards - put a photo inside, write a corny love note, either way it will be loved! This citrus paper craft works as a DIY paper toy and the fun lemon, orange, and lime slices can be played with or given as gifts.

 

2. Cut it out around the straight lines. Cut out those little triangles too.

These free printable citrus fruit coloring pages fold into surprise message cards - put a photo inside, write a corny love note, either way it will be loved! This citrus paper craft works as a DIY paper toy and the fun lemon, orange, and lime slices can be played with or given as gifts.

 

3. Tape together those two rind sections as pictured.

These free printable citrus fruit coloring pages fold into surprise message cards - put a photo inside, write a corny love note, either way it will be loved! This citrus paper craft works as a DIY paper toy and the fun lemon, orange, and lime slices can be played with or given as gifts.

 

4. Score the dashed lines.

 

These free printable citrus fruit coloring pages fold into surprise message cards - put a photo inside, write a corny love note, either way it will be loved! This citrus paper craft works as a DIY paper toy and the fun lemon, orange, and lime slices can be played with or given as gifts.

 

5. Use the included plain decagon shape to measure whatever you plan to put on the inside.

These free printable citrus fruit coloring pages fold into surprise message cards - put a photo inside, write a corny love note, either way it will be loved! This citrus paper craft works as a DIY paper toy and the fun lemon, orange, and lime slices can be played with or given as gifts.

 

 

6. Stick it in place on the reverse side of the decagon.

These free printable citrus fruit coloring pages fold into surprise message cards - put a photo inside, write a corny love note, either way it will be loved! This citrus paper craft works as a DIY paper toy and the fun lemon, orange, and lime slices can be played with or given as gifts.

 

You can be a little corny if you want…

  These free printable citrus fruit coloring pages fold into surprise message cards - put a photo inside, write a corny love note, either way it will be loved! This citrus paper craft works as a DIY paper toy and the fun lemon, orange, and lime slices can be played with or given as gifts.

 

 

7. Place glue strips on the tabs and bend them upward.

 

These free printable citrus fruit coloring pages fold into surprise message cards - put a photo inside, write a corny love note, either way it will be loved! This citrus paper craft works as a DIY paper toy and the fun lemon, orange, and lime slices can be played with or given as gifts.

 

8. Attach the segments to the tabs.

These free printable citrus fruit coloring pages fold into surprise message cards - put a photo inside, write a corny love note, either way it will be loved! This citrus paper craft works as a DIY paper toy and the fun lemon, orange, and lime slices can be played with or given as gifts.

 

 

9. The folds here should rotate between mountain and valley folds. Fold them as pictured on the scoreline, and attach that last tab to connect into a circle as pictured.

These free printable citrus fruit coloring pages fold into surprise message cards - put a photo inside, write a corny love note, either way it will be loved! This citrus paper craft works as a DIY paper toy and the fun lemon, orange, and lime slices can be played with or given as gifts.

 

 

10. Fold them inward to connect as pictured. If you want you can put glue dots strategically so that it stays. It’s designed to curve so that it’s like a half fruit.

 

These free printable citrus fruit coloring pages fold into surprise message cards - put a photo inside, write a corny love note, either way it will be loved! This citrus paper craft works as a DIY paper toy and the fun lemon, orange, and lime slices can be played with or given as gifts.

 

Gather your assembled fruit coloring pages in a wire bowl, put them on display, or give one to someone as an upgraded greeting card!

These free printable citrus fruit coloring pages fold into surprise message cards - put a photo inside, write a corny love note, either way it will be loved! This citrus paper craft works as a DIY paper toy and the fun lemon, orange, and lime slices can be played with or given as gifts.

 

 

They will really brighten up your day!

 

These free printable citrus fruit coloring pages fold into surprise message cards - put a photo inside, write a corny love note, either way it will be loved! This citrus paper craft works as a DIY paper toy and the fun lemon, orange, and lime slices can be played with or given as gifts.

 

 

Get the full color version on Etsy or Gumroad.

 

 

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