Dried Apple Christmas Ornaments Tutorial

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I decided that this year I wanted our Christmas tree to be made of entirely handmade ornaments.  The only thing that will be store bought is the white lights.  And so I thought it would be fun to write little tutorials on all the different ornaments I have been making.  Over the next few weeks I will be writing quite a few tutorials and hope you will try them out as well.

DRIED APPLE ORNAMENTS

Supplies:
Apples
Lemon Juice
Salt
Knife
Bowl
Baking Sheet
Cutting Board
Raffia
Buttons
Fabric (small pieces of scrap fabric will work)

1.)  Prepare the salt & lemon juice mixture.  Pour about 3 tablespoons of salt into the bowl and enough lemon juice to saturate all of your apples.  Then stir until the salt dissolves.

2.)  Slice applies into approximately 1/4 inch slices.

3.)  Once the apples were sliced I left the slices with the star/seed area intact.  The rest I cut a small circle in the middle by using a measuring spoon and pressing down on the apple.  You could also use an apple corer, but I didn’t have one so I improvised!

4.)  Next place your sliced apples in the lemon/salt mixture and let them soak for about 20 minutes.  While soaking preheat oven to 200°F.

5.)  Remove from the lemon/salt mixture and lay apple splices in a single layer on paper towels.  Put another paper towel on top of the apples and gently press down to soak up extra liquid.

6.)  Lay apple slices in a single layer on baking sheets and place in the oven – at this point you can sprinkle cinnamon on them if you wish.  Flip the slices every half hour until they have dried out and are slightly pliable – this will take about 4 to 6 hours.  When flipping the apples leave the oven door open to release moisture from the oven to speed along the drying process.

7.)  Once you have removed the slightly pliable apples from the oven they will harden completely.  Then you will be ready to start assembling the ornaments!

8.)  This is when you can get creative.  For the apples that I had cut a hole in the center I simply tied the raffia through the hole.  For the apples with the star pattern I took a needle and carefully poked a small hole through the apple and then used a thin piece of raffia.    You can then use buttons and fabric to decorate the ornaments as well!

I can’t wait to hang these ornaments on our Christmas tree!  You can also use the apples to make garland, wreaths, and much more.

 

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11 Responses to Dried Apple Christmas Ornaments Tutorial

  1. Mimi says:

    Oh my gosh, those are awesome! What a perfect way to get the kids involved in handmade gifts!

  2. Ashley T says:

    I bet they make your house smell delicious! Yum!

  3. Wow !! Those are AMAZING!! So Cute! I might just be doing this today!!
    I just don’t have the twill and the cute buttons that make them awesome!

  4. Oh my gosh, I had no idea you could do this!! And it sounds so easy, I can’t wait to try it out, thanks for posting!

  5. Stacie says:

    How fun! I’m looking for fun ideas for my kids this winter, this would be great!

  6. Skye says:

    So how awesome does your house smell?

  7. Sarah Jane says:

    Thanks for the tutorial!! I’m about to add this to my Pinterest. 🙂

  8. OK, LOVE these!! The buttons on it add such a nice touch to it too Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Vanessa C. says:

    So clever! Thanks for sharing. I’m pretty crafty and love making my own Christmas decorations. I want to try this one too.

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