It’s fun to begin a craft project from scratch by drying apples yourself and then assembling them into dried apple crafts. Use the results for home décor year-round or use festive holiday colors in the fabric and ribbon for decorations at Christmas or Thanksgiving. The art of drying fruit dates back to Roman times, when dried and fresh fruit typically finished a meal. According to the History for Kids website, the current phrase “from soup to nuts” was originally “from eggs to apples.”
Old Woman Apple Doll
Peel a large apple. The apple will shrink to two-thirds of its original size.
Carve a face into the apple using the tip of a vegetable peeler. Cut lines for a triangle for the nose and dig small depressions for the eyes.
Cut slots into the eye sockets and push a peppercorn into each slot.
Poke holes into the top and bottom portions of the lips and insert grains of rice for teeth.
Dry the apple on a piece of paper in a warm, dry spot for two weeks. Or use a food dehydrator or an oven set to the lowest temperature.
Fill a plastic bottle with an inch of pebbles to give the apple doll a secure footing.
Insert a cork into the top of the bottle for the doll’s neck.
Wrap fabric around the bottle for the doll's dress and secure it with a rubber band. Add a second small, triangular piece of fabric around the top of the bottle for a shawl with the ends tied together.
Push the apple onto the cork with a gentle motion.
Glue yarn on the top of the apple for hair.
Slice an apple vertically into slices approximately 1/8 inch thick. Some slices will have seeds and some will not.
Place the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at the lowest oven setting until the slices are thoroughly dry, approximately two to five hours.
String the apples using a material of your choice, such as twine, ribbon or fishing line. Poke two holes at the top of each slice with a needle or skewer so the apples and other fruit face forward. Leave extra string or ribbon at either end for hanging.
Intersperse the apple slices with dried cranberries or dried orange slices.