Apple Head

Shrunken Apple Heads

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Making shrunken apple heads is one of my favorite Halloween traditions! I remember doing these a couple times when I was a little kid and thinking that they were so silly and so fun. A few years ago I mentioned the idea to my husband who kind of laughed—and then jumped right in when I got started. You will have a blast making them, but you do need to get started because they do need a few weeks to dry:

1st: Peel your apples. (You can leave some skin on them, we left some on to look like hair—but sometimes the skin doesn’t dry as well and might cause molding so it just depends on what you want to do)

2nd: Carve your apples to resemble faces. Make sure that you cut deep. When the apple shrivels up you will lose some of the definition in your cut so make sure to cut everything a bit bigger/deeper than you think it should be.

Apple Heads

3rd: Add some white rice for teeth (just push it into the apple and the apple will shrink around it to keep it in place.)

Apple Head with Teeth

4th: Let them dry. Make sure you either sit them on  a cookie rack, or turn them over every day(ish) so the bottoms don’t get soggy…

Tip: If you want to keep your apple from turning brown you can dip them in lemon juice. I didn’t dip these ones because I like them to get a brown leathery aged look to them as they dry.

Here are some more close-up pics we took right after we carved our apples:

Apple Head

Apple Head

And here are what they look like now (it has been about 2 weeks)

Shrunken apple head

Shrunken Apple Head

Shrunken Apple Head

Shrunken apple head

Shrunken apple head

Pretty fun huh!?! HA HA. (These ones aren’t completely dry yet so I’ll have to post again in a few weeks so you can compare them)

You can then do all sorts of stuff with them. Tie them from strings and hang them on your porch, thread them onto a necklace and wear them around your neck for your halloween costume, glue them onto a wreath and hang them on your door. The ideas are endless…and FUN! =)

Happy Shrunken Apple Head Carving!

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25 Comments

  1. These are so fun! We just got a bunch of apples… we may just have to make some…

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  2. These are indeed fantastic! I love when they dry up and get wrinkly… Oh, and I love the ones with teeth! hee hee hee

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  3. How fun! A neighbor gave us a bunch of apples, so I think shrunken heads may be in our future…

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  4. I’ve seen these on another site ( http://the-artful-crafter.blogspot.com/2009/09/how-to-make-ghoulish-shrunken-heads.html ) and I think they are awesome – I love your carvings! You might like to consider pushing cloves into the eye sockets of your heads – they really give some extra lifefullness to them. I’ve got three drying on the window sill, and yours have inspired me to do a few more :)

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  5. I’m going to hang them from my porch ceiling

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  6. Honestly, I surf the net a lot, but I never saw such apples! I bookmarked the page, I definitively want to show this page to my daughter (11 years), I’m sure she will be delighted! I used to create faces on bananas to make my daughter eat them (pretending they shouted and screamed when she bited them), but I never had the same idea with apples and surely I never thought about creating “dried masterpieces”! I think it’s great! :D
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  7. when the apples have dried they look even more scary than the original haloween pumpkins! :0
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  25. Thank you for not over-complicating this simple and enjoyable craft. There aren’t even any links. I have so had it up to here with the internet. If my books weren’t packed, I wouldn’t have looked here. You don’t even use the blasted exclamation marks. No lemon juice. Carve and dry. For pete’s sake. Thank you thank you thank you. PS To readers: there are usually plenty of felled apples around, or other carvable fruits, etc., so buying apples to make these is pretty cheeky. Happy Autumn.

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