It is apple season and our family always has apple picking on our fall agenda. If you do, then you want to check out this post with apple picking tips! However, once you pick those bushels of apples, what do you do with them all – other than eat them? Make various apple crafts using real apples, of course!
Inevitability, we get ‘apple-d’ out. Meaning, we eat apples, apple pie, apple strudel, apple jelly, apple crisp, and do not want to consume any more apples! Yet, we still have left over apples. Making apple crafts can be a great way to use those last remaining apples, can be a fun fall playdate activity, or as a nice gift for teachers.
Place some apples in a bowl with water to make them float. Determine how they float and mark the top with a black sharpie. Then take a tea light votive – real or otherwise! Trace the circle bottom of the tea light over the mark you made. Then, using a knife, carve out the circle. Go as deep as the votive’s base, into the apple, so the votive sits securely inside. Then place the apples in a decorative bowl of water and enjoy the center piece! (Idea: MarthaStewart.com)
The first thing to gather are your supplies. You’ll need paint (red, orange, green, yellow, brown), paper plates, a knife, apples, and paper (or blank canvas bags or frames, or paper bags!) Next, right before your craft session, cut the apples in half. Cut a couple of apples in different ways. Slicing in half from top to bottom gives a different look than cutting the apple through the middle! You can even cut the apples in quarters.
Next, put the paint onto the paper plate. If using several colors, put one color of paint on each plate. Kids can then dip the cut side of the apple into the paint and press it onto the paper, canvas bag, paper bag or canvas frame to make their craft! Having an apple print on a canvas bag is a great gift for a teacher, and having apples prints on a paper bag is a fun way for kids to bring their lunch to school or has a seasonal book cover for school books! (Idea: MarthStewart.com)
Dried Apple Wreath
Gather the following ingredients: lemon juice, salt, 10 large apples, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, 8″ – 10″ sturdy, heavy gauge wire (for a wreath) and ribbon (for hanging).
First, clean and dry the apples. Place the juice of 10 lemons (or lemon juice in a bottle equivalent) in a baking pan and stir in 2 teaspoons of salt. Then peel, core and slice the apples into 1/4 inch thick circles. Place the sliced apples in the lemon juice for 8 minutes. Make sure the whole slice (both sides) is in the lemon juice. While those are soaking, a small bowl, mix together 8 teaspoons cinnamon, 2 teaspoons allspice
and 1 teaspoon cloves, and preheat the oven to 175 degrees. Remove the slices from the pan and place them on paper towels and gently pat dry. Dust the apples with the spice mixture on both dies and place the apple slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 6 hours or until completely direct. The apples should be dry but slightly pliable. Then fold each apple slice in half, and then again and thread the apple slices onto the wire. Continue until the wire is completely filled with your folded apple slices. Use pliers to bend the wire to close the ends together into a circle or heart shape and then use ribbon to create a hanger. Make a couple so you can keep one and give the other to a teacher or friend! (Idea: Momcaster.com)
Want to see more apple related ideas? Check out my post on The Toy Insider with Apple Activities Using Real Apples and my post on fun ways to serve apples to your kids!