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How to Make Dried Apple Wreaths

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Overview

The fragrance of apple and cinnamon would be pleasant addition in any room of your home during autumn and through the holiday season. A homemade decorative apple wreath is a wonderful way to bring this homey scent into your home. Apple wreaths are made from dried apple slices dipped in spices that remind you of an apple pie. Apple slices can be dried in a dehydrator according to manufacturer instructions or oven baked after soaking in a mixture of fresh lemon juice and salt.

Step 1

Cut each lemon in half. Squeeze the lemon juice into a large mixing bowl. Mix in the salt and stir to dissolve.

Step 2

Choose firm apples that have no visible signs of bruising or damage. Either leave the peel intact, or peel and core the apples. Cut the fruit in 1/4-inch thick slices horizontally. Each slice will be a circle of apple with a hole in the center.

Step 3

Place apple slices into the salted lemon juice. Immerse the slices completely and let them soak for 10 minutes. Use a fork to gently turn the slices over to make sure that the juice soaks into both sides.

Step 4

Remove each apple slice to a tray that is lined with paper towels. Pat the tops of the apple wreath slices dry. Remove all of the moisture.

Step 5

Mix spices thoroughly on a flat plate or tray. Dip each apple slice into the spice mixture to coat both sides.

Step 6

Place apple slices onto an ungreased baking pan in a single layer. Be sure the edges are at least 1/2 inch away from another apple slice. Bake at 150 to 200 degrees for six hours until completely dry. The slices should be pliable enough to allow you to bend them.

Step 7

Fold an apple slice in half and then into quarters. Pierce the center of the folded piece on the end of the wreath form and thread it onto the wire. Continue adding apple quarters until the wreath is full. Close the wreath form ends to secure it. Tie or wire a decorative ribbon or raffia bow to the wreath.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be sure that the apples slices are thoroughly dry or remaining moisture will cause mold to grow.

Things You'll Need

  • 8 lemons
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 8 to 10 large, firm apples
  • 6 to 8 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. allspice
  • 1 tsp. cloves
  • Wire wreath ring or heart
  • Ribbon or raffia bow

References

  • Ruby Glen: Dried Apple Crafts
  • Craft Bits: Dried Apple Wreath

Who Can Help

  • Family Corner: Apple wreath
Keywords: dried apple, fall wreath, apple wreath

About this Author

Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written ad copy and online content for Demand Studios and Associated Content. As a professional crafter and floral designer, Faloon owned a florist business for nearly 25 years. She completed the Institute of Chilldren's Literature course in 1988.