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.
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.
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.
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…
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.)
Or, just scatter them around as a party centerpiece….
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 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:
- The printable files – download them by entering your email below.
- Card stock (recommended)
- A printer that can handle card stock – for this reason, I used my color printer for this and not the regular black and white laser printer I use for most of my coloring pages.
- Coloring stuff…
- A scoring tool
- Optional: something for the inside: bright card stock, a photo, and a marker to write a message.
- Tape, Glue dots/lines
How to turn these fruit coloring pages into citrus halves:
Watch the assembly video, or scroll down for photo instructions:
1. Color away!
Get creative… Layer strokes for a subtle texture on the wedges.
Those funny attached triangle-ish shapes are going to be the “rind”. Color those too.
2. Cut it out around the straight lines. Cut out those little triangles too.
3. Tape together those two rind sections as pictured.
4. Score the dashed lines.
5. Use the included plain decagon shape to measure whatever you plan to put on the inside.
6. Stick it in place on the reverse side of the decagon.
You can be a little corny if you want…
7. Place glue strips on the tabs and bend them upward.
8. Attach the segments to the tabs.
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.
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.
Gather your assembled fruit coloring pages in a wire bowl, put them on display, or give one to someone as an upgraded greeting card!
They will really brighten up your day!