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
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!
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.
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!