Oooh how we LOVE this time of year. Not only does autumn bring lots of new things to craft with (conkers, pine cones, acorns and lovely lovely leaves), but it also means the beginning of our Halloween preparations. Halloween is such a fun time of year and there are lots of great and easy Halloween decorations and crafts you can do – with or without the kids.
One such idea, is these fabulous shrunken apple heads. We love them, not only because they look quickly spooky, but also, because it is a great “crafty technique”. My kids are dying to give woodwork a go, but are still a little too young for it (hand strength and co-ordination not quite safe enough). Shrunken apple heads are so easy to make, look fabulous and because apples are soft, are a great way to practice those carving skills. And because they are, well, spooky… the kids don’t have to get them perfectly right. Cut an ear off by accident? Ha! Perfect!
We like to use FORAGED APPLES for this activity (waste not want not). Locally, we have a small apple tree that carries A LOT of wonderfully red apples. They are a little sour, but perfect for crumble and homemade fruit leather. It is so plentiful, we can’t actually use all the apples up, so many go to waste. These are perfect for this Halloween activity.
If need be – collect some now and pop them in the fridge, ready for close to Halloween.
- A number of apples… damaged, wormy, whatever you can find!
- Pony beads or googly eyes or small stones
Peel your apples (hahaha, this really isn’t rocket science, it it?)! Don’t worry about peeling them too well, you can leave some skin bits on for different effects.
Save your apple peels and make some homemade apple vinegar!
Now the fun begins. We show you ONE way of making the apples, but you can be as creative and inventive as you like (in fact, I am going to go off now and make some, that leaves some of the skin on in strategic places). But this is a great and easy basic shape to start with – make a rectangle for the nose and two lines for eyes sockets.
Then cut the eye sockets out and below the nose too.
Now press in your pony beads or stones or googly eyes.
When they are done, you can hang them from the ceiling, in your porch or stick them on some gardening bamboo sticks and have them in a row as people come into your garden for trick or treating (the birds will love to nibble them too).
And this is what they look like after a week?! Aren’t they brilliant. Love how there is also a tiny bit of mold growing for extra goriness… but if you keep them in a cool dry place, you can prevent that from happening! But whatever “happens” they will look JUST THE PART for Halloween.
What a character! Those red eyes really are BULGING out now.
Wishing you a Happy and Spooky Halloween!!!!!!