The Art of Darkness

Halloween Tree Part 2

December 7th, 2007 by Cobwebs

Following on the previous Halloween Tree post, let’s tackle another homemade ornament: Shrunken heads!

Apple-head dolls are a common sight at craft fairs, at least partially because they’re so blinkin’ easy to make. You can make your apple heads cute and rosy-cheeked, or you can sew their mouths shut and stick hatpins in ’em. Follow your bliss.

You will need:

  • Firm, bruise-free apples
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Paring knife or other means to cut bits out of the apple
  • Solution of lemon juice and salt. Different instructions give different proportions, but 1/2 cup of lemon juice to 3 tablespoons of salt should do it
  • Decorative elements such as round beads for eyes, yarn or wool for hair, and so on
  • Sealant (optional, but recommended)

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