How to Make an Apple Head Doll

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Make a few apple head dolls to use in your fall decorating. Start with large apples because the carved apple will shrink to approximately two-thirds its original size.

Things You'll Need

  • Scrap Lace
  • Scrap Fabrics
  • Scrap Yarn
  • Stick Or Dowel
  • Apples
  • Paring Knives
  • 20-oz. soda bottles
  • 1 c. lemon juices
  • 1 tbsp. salt

Make the Apple Head

  • Peel and core an apple.

  • Dip it into a mixture of 1 c. lemon juice and 1 tbsp. salt.

  • Pat the apple dry.

  • Use the tip of a potato peeler and hollow out deep eyes.

  • Use a paring knife and make slits for a smile or frown. Make a triangle cut between the eyes toward the mouth to form a nose.

  • Store the carved apple in a dry spot until it shrinks. To hasten drying, place it in a dehydrator or a 200-degree F oven for 4 to 5 hours and then air dry for 2 days.

Make the Doll

  • Screw the bottle lid tightly on a 20-oz. soda bottle.

  • Cut a 12-by-15-inch piece of bright fabric.

  • Wrap the fabric around the bottle; allow an extra inch at the top and bottom of the bottle.

  • Secure the fabric around the top of the bottle with a rubber band.

  • Fold the fabric down around the rubber band, and tie a piece of ribbon or lace at the neck to hide the rubber band.

  • Cut 10 to 15 strands of yarn for the hair. Add 2 inches to the overall length.

  • Gather the strands and fold in half, tying with a small piece of yarn in the middle.

  • Braid or frizz out the yarn in whatever hairstyle you want.

  • Push the "part" of the hair (about 2 inches of yarn) gently into the top of the dried apple.

  • Push the dried, cored apple gently onto the lid of the bottle.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you live in a very wet area or if the weather is damp, you will need to dry the apple head in the oven to prevent molding.
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