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Shrunken Apple Heads

Updated on September 9, 2015

A Shrunken Apple Head

Carve a Shrunken Head from an Apple - Ghoulishly easy fun!

Making shrunken heads from apples is a traditional American folk art. The craft probably had its origins with Native Americans who used the natural materials available to them to make dolls. The settlers from Europe continued the tradition, often using apples for the dolls heads. The doll's head was made by peeling and carving a face on an apple and then drying it. The carved features on the apple change as the apple dries, so one ever knows how the shrunken dried apple face will look when the process is completed. Each shrunken apple head's face is unique with a personality all of its own!

Add a little evil intent to this art form and they can become inexpensive, creepy shrunken head Halloween decorations. Since the apple heads can take about 2 weeks to complete the dehydration process, it is important to start the project when the apple harvest begins - several weeks before Halloween!

(All photos by the author, Vicki Green - PNW Travels unless otherwise credited)


Ingredients Needed to Make Appleheads

Supplies needed to make Shrunken Apple Heads
Supplies needed to make Shrunken Apple Heads

Choosing the Right Apples for Carving

Round Red Apple
Round Red Apple

Supplies to Make a Shrunken Apple Head

A short list of common household items!

Fresh apples (not too soft!)

Vegetable Peeler (for peeling and carving)

Knife and/or Pumpkin Carving Kit (for carving)

Lemon juice

Salt

Wire, sticks or string

Peppercorns, whole cloves, peas, beans or similar items for eyes

Rice, barley or other grains or seeds for teeth

Bowl

Your Choice of other Decorative items


Tips for Selecting the Apples for Your Appleheads

Although you can use damaged or fallen apples, for best results use apples that are fairly round, firm and crisp. Some people recommend using Red Delicious or Golden Delicious varieties. Other people like Granny Smith apples. Larger apples can be a little easier for carving the face, especially for children, but if you have free apples available to you, why not experiment!

Peel the Apple

Peeled Apple
Peeled Apple

Use a Vegetable Peeler to Peel the Apple

Linden Sweden Jonas Peeler Original
Linden Sweden Jonas Peeler Original

A vegetable peeler like this one can be found in most kitchens. In addition to peeling the apples, I like that the end also makes a great tool for carving facial features like eyes and the mouth.

 

Step 1 - Peeling the Apple

As much apple as possible can be removed, or a little can be left on the top which will look like a little hat when the apple is done drying. I find that using a fruit or potato peeler makes the job easier and safer than peeling with a knife. A peeler also makes spirals of apple skins that can be dried and used to look like hair, a witches hat or other decorations.


Carve a Face in the Apple

A Face Carved in an Apple
A Face Carved in an Apple

Step 2: Carve the Face of the Apple

Use whatever tools work for you to carve the face in the apple. Some recommended tools include a paring knife, pumpkin carving tools and the end of a vegetable peeler. The most important thing to remember when carving the face is that the apple will shrink approximately 50% when dried so make the features large so they will still stand out after the drying is complete. Peas, peppercorns,cloves and other round objects can be placed into the eye sockets to look like eyes and rice or seeds can be put in the mouth which will look like teeth. The best part is that you really can't make a mistake. The apple never turns out exactly the way you expect anyway!


Give Your Carved Apple a Bath in Lemon Juice and Salt

A Carved Apple Soaking in Lemon Juice
A Carved Apple Soaking in Lemon Juice

Step 3 - Soak the Apple in Lemon Juice and Salt

Mix 1 cup of lemon juice with one tablespoon of salt in a bowl. Giving the apple head a bath in this mixture for a few minutes will help prevent the apple from molding. Roll the apple around or pour the mixture over the apple to make sure all surfaces of the apple are covered.


Materials for Making Eyes and Teeth

Materials for making applehead eyes and teeth
Materials for making applehead eyes and teeth

Step 3 - Add Eyes and Teeth to your Carved Apple

Add scary details to you applehead with eyes made from dried peas, whole cloves, peppercorns, seeds or even plastic googly eyes. Push clove stems or other eye material back into the apple in the eye socket. As the apple dries it will shrink and the eyeball will show. If they don't stay in the eye socket after the apple shrinks and dries, they can be glued in place with craft glue. Teeth can be made from rice or seeds. Cucumber seeds make great fangs for vampire shrunken heads!


Drying an Applehead

Drying an Applehead
Drying an Applehead

Step 4 - Watch the Fun as your Shrunken Apple Head Dries!

The apple may take up to two weeks to dry. If you live in a humid area you may need to help the process along. One way is to heat your oven to 200 degrees, turn the oven off and then place the apple inside the oven on a tray and shut the oven door. This may need to be repeated several times. The apple should be turned so it will dry evenly. It is fun to watch the changes each day as the apple head dries!

You can either dry naturally in a warm, dry place or use a food dehydrator to speed up the process.


Apple Heads Dried in a Food Dehydrator - Come back to see the photos added each day

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This is a photo of some apple heads that were put in a food dehyrator to dryThis is a photo of the apple heads after 24 hoursThis is the apple heads after 48 hours - Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5
This is a photo of some apple heads that were put in a food dehyrator to dry
This is a photo of some apple heads that were put in a food dehyrator to dry
This is a photo of the apple heads after 24 hours
This is a photo of the apple heads after 24 hours
This is the apple heads after 48 hours - Day 2
This is the apple heads after 48 hours - Day 2
Day 3
Day 3
Day 4
Day 4
Day 5
Day 5

Food Dehydrators - Speed up the Drying Process

Food Dehydrators are handy for preserving your fresh fruits and vegetables and for making jerky. They also work great to speed up the process for making your shrunken apple heads.

Food Dehydrator for Drying Appleheads

Nesco FD-75PR Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator
Nesco FD-75PR Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator

The food dehydrator used to dry my apples is an older model of this Nesco Food dehydrator. I have had it for over 20 years and it is still going strong!

 

See how easy it is to make a Shrunken Head Display!

The Apple Head that was Dried Naturally - Watch as it Transforms into a Shrunken Head!

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This is the photo taken immediately after carving the apple when it was placed in the oven.  The oven was heated to 200 degrees and then turned off to create a warm, dry environment.  (The metal in the background is a metal rack - not a nail.This is the apple head that was dried "naturally" in the oven (with the heat off) after 24 hoursThis is the apple head that was dried "naturally" after 48 hours - day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5
This is the photo taken immediately after carving the apple when it was placed in the oven.  The oven was heated to 200 degrees and then turned off to create a warm, dry environment.  (The metal in the background is a metal rack - not a nail.
This is the photo taken immediately after carving the apple when it was placed in the oven. The oven was heated to 200 degrees and then turned off to create a warm, dry environment. (The metal in the background is a metal rack - not a nail.
This is the apple head that was dried "naturally" in the oven (with the heat off) after 24 hours
This is the apple head that was dried "naturally" in the oven (with the heat off) after 24 hours
This is the apple head that was dried "naturally" after 48 hours - day 2
This is the apple head that was dried "naturally" after 48 hours - day 2
Day 3
Day 3
Day 4
Day 4
Day 5
Day 5

Drying Appleheads with Silica Gel

Apple heads can also be dried faster with a quick-dry silica gel method that is described in a book published by the Applehead Museum. The book also includes many other useful tips for creating appleheads.

Decorating Your Shrunken Head

Step 5 - Finishing Touches

After the drying process is completed, glue in any eyes or teeth that may not have stayed in place. If desired add hair made from moss, cotton, dried apple peels, yarn or other materials. You can also add hats or paint them with food coloring.


Gravenstein Applehead?

Gravenstein Applehead?
Gravenstein Applehead?

Apple Jack O'Lantern Head?

Apple Jack O'Lantern Head?
Apple Jack O'Lantern Head?

Some Ideas for Displaying Your Shrunken Apple Heads

Shrunken apple heads can be used to garnish a dish at a Halloween buffet or potluck. Put several on sticks to make a centerpiece or make a tree of creepy hanging shrunken heads.


The Vincent Price Shrunken Head Kits and Memorabilia on eBay - Vintage Shrunken Head Apple Carving Kits from the 70s

Back in the 1970s, there was a Vincent Price Shrunken head kit that could be purchased to make shrunken heads from apples.

More photos of dried shrunken apple heads - No two are alike!

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Not sure what I'll do to dress this one up - maybe just use it to garnish a buffet dishThis one just looked like it should be made into Gravenstein (Frankenstein)I had originally added cucumber seeds as fangs to make a vampire, but it didn't go exactly as planned.  It ended up looking like it only has one eye.Not sure if I will add anything to this one yet either, or just let it hang around!
Not sure what I'll do to dress this one up - maybe just use it to garnish a buffet dish
Not sure what I'll do to dress this one up - maybe just use it to garnish a buffet dish
This one just looked like it should be made into Gravenstein (Frankenstein)
This one just looked like it should be made into Gravenstein (Frankenstein)
I had originally added cucumber seeds as fangs to make a vampire, but it didn't go exactly as planned.  It ended up looking like it only has one eye.
I had originally added cucumber seeds as fangs to make a vampire, but it didn't go exactly as planned. It ended up looking like it only has one eye.
Not sure if I will add anything to this one yet either, or just let it hang around!
Not sure if I will add anything to this one yet either, or just let it hang around!

Shrunken Heads Made From Apples - Carving apples for Halloween

Although apple heads are an old traditional folk art, making ghoulish shrunken heads is a wicked twist for Halloween that many people have never tried.

Have you ever made an apple head?

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    • girlfriendfactory profile image

      girlfriendfactory 6 years ago

      This is so totally cute! I've never even heard of it but may have to try it out with my son because they certainly look a bit creepy when they're finished, and what boy doesn't like creepy? lol Great job!!

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      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      What fun! This looks like a great project with my granddaughter! Heck, even just for me to have fun with! Great instructions, I think I can even follow them :-).

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      bdkz 6 years ago

      Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!

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      WhiteOak50 6 years ago

      Oh, my goodness this is such a fantastic idea!! How cool! You did a great job on the directions, I think I may just try making one myself!

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 6 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      What fun! I live in the UK and I've never come across anyone making these here - a great idea and pretty simple to make - fab Halloween lens & blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @LouiseKirkpatrick: I'm glad you enjoyed CDT - thank you for the Angel Blessing!

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Holy mackerel andy but I love this idea! I wonder what else I can shrink for Halloween??? BOO!

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      I once had a link to a live camera with an apple shrunken head project ... I'm gonna plan a few of these when I dry my next batch of tomatoes. Lensrolled to my Halloween Crafts lens.

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      WebSpinstress 6 years ago

      Love shrunken apple heads...they are so much fun to create and definitely a Fall tradition in New England! We usually air dry them, but the oven and food dehydrator approach is a nice option to help them along and dry quicker. Your example apples are very creative and full of personality. Great job! :-)

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      WeirdStuff 6 years ago

      Great idea! It looks totally disgusting :D

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      Fantastic!

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      Sami4u LM 6 years ago

      Hi,

      This is one nice Halloween decoration to make. So many good craft ideas so little time, must start thinking early.

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      Rita-K 6 years ago

      I loved your lens! Your directions and photos were really fantastic! You didn't miss a beat! I have to try this, thanks for a fantastic read!

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      Rita-K 6 years ago

      I loved your lens! Your directions and photos were really fantastic! You didn't miss a beat! I have to try this, thanks for a fantastic read!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      this is really neat me and my friend have strated makng them right now that is what we are ding today thanks for the idea!

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      CCGAL 6 years ago

      I had seen apple heads before, but always as little old people, gnomes or kitchen witches. This is an awesome craft idea for Halloween - I wish I'd seen it sooner. I'm going to do this next Halloween. Looks like so much fun! **Blessed**

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      I've bought these at craft fairs, but have never made them. It looks like a fun project. Happy Halloween!

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      What a unique idea for a lens! Nicely done.

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      What a fun craft idea for fall. Favorited!

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      Ann 5 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      amazing - angel blessed and it will feature on my squid angel road trip to halloween when I get it finished

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      I always wondered how this is done. Thank you for creating this lens. I own an applehead doll displayed in my kitchen.

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done and you are right get started now!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow - shrunken apple heads look awesome and they are easy to make too. Perfect for Halloween

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      love this excellent, inexpensive, easy to make halloween craft. lovely presentation on fruit carving.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      Absolutely love this shrunken head apple lens! I made these as a child and again when my son was a wee one. I may even try it one more time.

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      Ilona E 5 years ago from Ohio

      I've always liked shrunken apple heads... now I know how to make them. ~blessed~

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      iracer JLo 5 years ago

      Very creative! Nice lens!

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      JenaleeMortensen 5 years ago

      I had heard of making shrunken apple heads for a doll, but I hadn't thought of making them for Halloween. What a clever idea. Thanks for sharing.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Very interesting.. I have thought about making apple heads before, but never gotten around to doing it. :)

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      ErHawkns7100 5 years ago

      Ooooh! Fantastic. I remember doing this super fun activity when I was younger. This is so great, I'm adding this to my Halloween activities for the night.

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      Shivani09 LM 5 years ago

      Very interesting and creative! Love it!

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      modernchakra 5 years ago

      I was thinking of showing my girlfriend this post.... but decided it would be better to surprise her with a community of shrunken heads next week..:) Thanks for such a great step by step process.

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      Melody Lassalle 5 years ago from California

      I have never seen shrunken apple heads before. These are great!

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      lindseythomas lm 5 years ago

      Oh nice, I never knew apples can be a good alternative to pumpkins for carvings..

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      Missmerfaery444 5 years ago

      Fantastic! Definitely going to try carving these apple heads!

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      writer_villa 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      procvexpert 5 years ago

      Much easier than getting elbow deep in pumpkin! Nice Lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Quite evil looking - perfect for Halloween!

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      I just knew your shrunken apple heads would get the coveted Squidoo Lens Of The Day! Congratulations!

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      slotowngal 5 years ago

      I had totally forgotten about doing these once as a kid! How fun to find a lens about them... Happy Fall, and angel blessed.

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      Spikey64 5 years ago

      I had never seen these apple heads before. What a great idea the kids will love them. Thanks.

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      Robin S 5 years ago from USA

      I love this!

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      Robin S 5 years ago from USA

      I love this!

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      andreaberrios lm 5 years ago

      This is an awesome idea for Halloween... thank you so much!! The kids will love this one.

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      LadyCharlie 5 years ago

      I have made an apple head before...they can turn out quite funny. Great lens!

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      Charmgal 5 years ago

      I want to try this! How long do you think it will take to make a shrunken apple head in the oven??

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      I liked this lens a long time ago. Glad you got LOTD for it.

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      GoAceNate LM 5 years ago

      I made these a a kid. Great idea for a lens! Nice.

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      laguild 5 years ago

      What a terrific lens! This is something I must try!

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      Ereinion 5 years ago

      Many thanks for such a nice lens! I will try it for sure!

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      collierlewisjew 5 years ago

      Very cool! Thanks for sharing!

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      Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

      It's awesome, never ever heard of shrunken apple heads before. Way too cool!

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @Charmgal: I've only gotten them started in the oven overnight and then let them airdry thereafter for a couple of weeks. I would suspect it would take several days in the oven. I also tried using a food dehydrator for about 5 days which definitely helps speed up the process.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      New to me and it really looks fun and easy. Beautiful lens and Congrats on LOTD! :)

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      Writing Nag 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Very fun lens! I've never seen these before, what a great Halloween project!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I might just give mine a smile, glad I browsed upon your lens this morning. If you like to browse lens as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

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      Mona 5 years ago from Iowa

      I remember making these as a kid. What a great Halloween project. Congrats on LOTD!

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      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      Oh wow, I remember doing these in grade school! They were creepy then, and they're creepy now (in a good way!)

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      jasmine11911 5 years ago

      very Original

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      jasmine11911 5 years ago

      very Original

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      thecrabbynook 5 years ago

      Love this lens!

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      jays23 lm 5 years ago

      very creative! great lens!...is there an award for lens for the month? This gets my vote then!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      This looks like great fun. I love the mysterious nature of this art. You can enjoy the changes that occur every day. Thanks for the perfect Halloween project. **Blessed**

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      TravelingRae 5 years ago

      I remember making these in grade three or four!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 5 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Excellent! A project I would really enjoy - Blessed!

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      majanichole 5 years ago

      so cute! i gotta try this with the kiddos

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      Thanks for all the great tips for making shrunken heads from apples ... I've got a bunch of crab apples in the yard that are ready to transform into evil faces. Mwaahahaha. Congrats on a terrific and timely LOTD!

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      Tonie Cook 5 years ago from USA

      Oh, have you brought back memories! About 40 years ago, I made a pair of posable apple head dolls for a couple of very good artists in my family. Your wonderful Halloween page is just the thing to inspire me to do another.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I did this a looooong time ago. What fun to see an article about making appleheads. Love it!

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Cool idea! This would be a fun Halloween project. Blessed by a Squid Angel**

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      dogface lm 5 years ago

      Wow, looks ridiculously great! This is the first time I hear about these, thanks for sharing. :) Also, congrats on LotD

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      elyria 5 years ago

      Amazing! I am going to try it this weekend and will report back with results.

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      I-sparkle 5 years ago

      I was thrilled, chilled and delighted with this exceptional show of skill! Congratulations on one of the most creative and fun LotD's I've ever read!

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      GypsyPirate LM 5 years ago

      What a great craft - thanks for giving me some Halloween inspiration!

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      The Spotted Olive 5 years ago

      Great fun for Halloween!

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Really cool craft. Thanks for sharing about it so well, and congrats on LOTD!

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      EMangl 5 years ago

      for me it has a touch of black humor that just this lens was promoted on the day steve jobs died - strange coincidence

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      LyricalVenus 5 years ago

      @EMangl: I thought a similar thing!

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      HeartBroken62 5 years ago

      In all my years of crafting, I am not sure why I have never tried this one as it is so very easy. I have been aware of it for many years...perhaps I will have to try it with my Grandchildren. Thanks on a wonderful lens. Also, Congratulations on LOTD.

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      dpgroom lm 5 years ago

      Great idea - something to try the end of this month :-)

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      Now that is what I call having fun with food...lol...blessed, because apples are not only healthy to eat fresh, but you've made them fun...and "a cheerful heart does good like a medicine: :-) Congrats on the lotd!

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      What fun! I can't wait to do with my kids! :) Congrats on LotD!

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      patinkc 5 years ago from Midwest

      This looks like such a fun way to spend an afternoon with kids. Great lens!

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      parts2 5 years ago

      Lovely odd enjoyable hobby!

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      totalhealth 5 years ago

      this is fun and inexpensive way to make a nice Halloween decorations.

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Cool lens. I've wondered how they were made. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congrats on LOTD! Great craft for Halloween Fun. Thanks for sharing the instructions!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How cool is this, congratulations on a ghoulishly fun and unique LotD!

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      quicpost 5 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your article and made me think of dehydrated apples I like to eat. I love fruits and don't get to eat as much as I like so I get the dehydrated ones and sprinkle them in my hot cereals or cold cereals plus I munch on them for dessert too! It adds so much atmosphere to Halloween time around the house too!

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      RosemaryLucas 5 years ago

      I find the shrunken appleheads really creepy - perfect for Halloween!

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      lasertek lm 5 years ago

      I will doing shrunken apple heads with my kids come Halloween.

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      timothygeorgeke 5 years ago

      These make great alternatives to pumpkin heads. Rather than one scary pumpkin head you can have loads of scary apply heads. I love it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Those are so cool! I can't wait to try it!! Great Lense!!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Ah yikes. I would say that the little shrunken apple heads do indeed look like shrunken heads. How perfect for Halloween.

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      RF153541 5 years ago

      Great lens.. Apple heads looks cool and ghoulish... thanks for posting... something new to learn everyday....

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      RF153541 5 years ago

      Great lens.. Apple heads looks cool and ghoulish... thanks for posting... something new to learn everyday....

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      JonMcClusk 5 years ago

      Oh wow, what a nice and fun way to take the place of jack-o-lanterns! It would be cool to make a jack-o-lantern and then put a punch of the apples around it.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I think it looks like so much fun, and I'm sure kids would love working on these. I remember apple head dolls from when we shopped in the Smokey Mountains years ago. Great lens, lots of fun!

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      Ilona E 5 years ago from Ohio

      Congratulations on LOTD- your great lens deserves it!

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      What a fun and unique idea for halloween! I will have to try this apple craft with my daughter. Looks like tons of fun. Many congrats on lotd!!

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      felicia246 5 years ago

      Great lens..

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      kkbedard 5 years ago

      What a great lens. I am going to make shrunken apple heads with my girls this weekend. Only they don't know it yet.

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      Vicki 5 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on LOTD!! This lens brought back some funny memories for me. My mom and I tried making some doll faces out of apples when I was a child, but the apples molded and got really gross because we let them dry naturally (I don't remember if we soaked them in lemon juice or not)!! Mom was ticked off, but I enjoyed "petting" the fuzzy, little molds, which ticked off my mom even more!! ;-) I love this lens, and your apple heads are adorable. My boyfriend had not seen shrunken apple heads until now, and he was amused....guess who's going to help me make some?! Thank you for the memories, and thanks a bunch for sharing your techniques on creating shrunken apple heads. Thumbs up and bookmarked several times! Another answer for your poll could be "tried to make one but totally botched it up". ~Vicki~

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautifully done, step-by-step and with lots of pictures...congrats on LOTD! :)

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      LaurenIM 5 years ago

      That is so cool. I'm now a fan of shrunken apple heads.

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      mrducksmrnot 5 years ago

      Congratulations on a well deserved LOTD always did this as a kid for fun. Put em in a shoe box and dare someone to open it. GREAT LENS

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      nbrandt123 5 years ago

      wow! i admire such a creative idea..and i appreciate your being so kind to share your work of arts for hol

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      nbrandt123 5 years ago

      oopss..sorry i accidentally hit the add comment. You are such a great artist.Thanks for being so kind enough to share us your thoughts. Such a creative and informative lens!

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      JennySui 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens with colorful pictures. Congrats on LOTD!

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      JennySui 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens with colorful pictures. Congrats on LOTD!

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      WeirdStuff 5 years ago

      Bah, they look discgusting! But that's what we want!

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      Deeksha 5 years ago

      Too cool lens with very entertaining things to do. It looks very simple. I have to try it.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      Love the heads! Funny.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      love it so scary haha hehe .............

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      JodiFromFlorida 5 years ago

      Love your lens!

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      AceofHearts 5 years ago

      Now I have to take apples to the office and make everyone make their own shrunken applehead!

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      alphamalesystem 5 years ago

      That's a pretty cool idea, one that I definitely would not have thought of myself. Might gives this a go, who knows?

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      First time I have seen this and it is truly creative.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      First time I have seen this and it is truly creative.

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      GrowWear 5 years ago

      Can see children having loads of fun creating shrunken-head apples. Congratulations for a great LOTD, Vicki.

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @EMangl: Yes, very eerie.

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      I love this folk art. I'm working in East Tennessee right now and went to a festival the other day and saw some of these. They were for sale, and people were buying them up. What a terrific lens. Thanks for writing it.

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      mothersdayflowersmacon 5 years ago

      I remember when I was in the 4th grade. That was my first time bobbing for apples. I went home and told my mom about it and she told me that I should never do that without her approval.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      cool lens. If only my children were small again.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for adding this to the list on veggie and fruit art, this is so cool. I used to carve apples as a kid, and had my kids doing it, the grands will have to take a try someday too. I love this. Blessing!

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      Srena44 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      These things are awesome - love 'em! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Back for a blessigng :) I have always wanted to make these! :)

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      Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      This is the first time I've seen anything like this. Great idea for Halloween and less messy than a pumpkin.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Great subject with very clear explanations and pics. Blessed and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012 and also on Witches. Hugs

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      GenWatcher LM 4 years ago

      Great lens! Gives me some ideas for a fun project!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love your shrunken apple heads lens, brings back good memories once again. I added this in featured lens on my veggie and fruit art lens. - Blessed again with some fresh angel dust. :)

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Fantastic. I love these - they are so "old" and "scary" looking! Great idea! Sprinkled your apple heads with angel dust!

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      julieannbrady 4 years ago

      Ah ribbit ribbit on my previous comment i.e. "Holy mackerel andy but I love this idea! I wonder what else I can shrink for Halloween??? BOO!" ... BOOyah my dear!

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      These are delightful! Perfect time of year of this.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 4 years ago

      Awesome! My husband would get a kick out of this.

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      Great idea for a Lens, well done too. Kudos!

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Ah Ha! So soaking the apple in lemon juice and salt is the key. I think we missed that step when we made apple heads years ago. Thank you for publishing this excellent description of what to do.

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      StillPlaysWithT 4 years ago

      I'd forgotten about these. I'm going to have to show this to my 7 year old - he'll love it.

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      Magda2012 4 years ago

      Interesting! Will try to make it soon :)

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      Blessed-Brilliant lens

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      gottaloveit2 3 years ago

      Wow, these really are kind of spooky.

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Great images!

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      Anita Jayne Dale 2 years ago

      Very cool! I made one years ago, but had forgotten how. Halloween is great for these! Thanks!

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