How to Make an Apple Ornament


There are many different decorations you can make using apples. The neatest table-top decorations from apples are shrunken heads. These are excellent for Halloween--or any time of year as a conversation starter. Try stringing a few together and hanging them as a spooky garland. This is a great project for the entire family and each apple will turn out looking entirely different.

Step 1

Peel and core the apples. Removing the core is not necessary. However, doing so will speed up the drying process.

Step 2

Mix 1 tbsp. of salt with 1 cup of lemon juice in a bowl that is deep enough to partially submerge an apple. Place an apple in the bowl and roll it around in the mixture so the entire outer surface gets coated. Repeat this for all the apples you will be carving.

Step 3

Carve a face or design on your apple using a paring knife. Hold the apple steady with one hand as you carve with the other. Carve deep enough that the design stands out but not so deep that you go into the core. When you have finished carving, roll the apple around in the lemon-juice mixture again.

Step 4

Put your finished apples on a cookie sheet or wire rack and place them somewhere dry. Turn them every day or two so that all surfaces have been exposed to air. The drying process will take about 10 days.

Step 5

Use the knife to touch up any details that did not turn out the way you like. Add whole cloves for eyes.

Step 6

Paint on facial features, such as a nose and mouth, using a small paint brush and food coloring. Pour the food coloring into a small bowl. Dip the paintbrush into the food coloring and paint the apple. Allow the coloring to dry for 10 minutes and apply a second coat.

Things You'll Need

  • Peeler
  • Apple corer
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • Bowl
  • Paring knife
  • Cookie sheet
  • Whole cloves
  • Paintbrush
  • Food coloring


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Keywords: apples, decoration, shrunken-head apples, lemon juice

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