Apple garlands draped over the mantle or hung above a window make delightfully scented décor reminiscent of days when holidays were a celebration of the joys in life. Hand-strung apple slices make this craft one-of-a-kind, as no two slices dry in exactly the same way. Easy enough for kids to make, this craft can be enjoyed by the whole family and makes a delightful gift to add a personal touch to your celebrations.
Select firm apples free of blemishes or bruises. Choose apples that are approximately the same size to create uniform slices. Wash and core the apples with an apple corer.
Slice the apples into ¼-inch slices, so the hole from the removed core is in the center. Your slices should look like a donut with a hole in the middle.
Mix 1 cup of lemon juice per cup of water. Place the apple slices in the water and lemon juice mixture. According to Colorado State University, citric acid from the lemon juice prevents discoloration.
Remove the apple slices and pat dry with a soft cloth or paper towels.
Layer the apple slices on a cookie sheet or baking pan. Place in the oven set at 150 to 200 degrees F and allow to bake for six hours to dry the apples. Apple slices also can be dried in a food dehydrator or placed on screens and allowed to dry in a dry, well-ventilated area.
Cut a section of jute to the desired length. Although you can use any length, two to three feet is typically adequate.
Tie a cinnamon stick to one end of the jute. Knot the jute in the center of the cinnamon stick. This prevents apples from slipping off the end as you work.
Tie a cinnamon stick to the end of the jute to finish off. Display by hanging over doors, or draping above the mantle.