dried apple wreath craft

These apple wreaths are easy apple craft ideas and fun to make simply because of the aroma! They smell like baking apple pie, with many of the same ingredients and spices. They make easy and very popular senior activity ideas.

Apple wreaths are an old tradition dating back at least a couple hundred years. Apples were easy to dry and preserve, and made an excellent means of decorating back in the “olden days.” Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg were used when available.

Today apples are plentiful in stores all year round, so these wreaths are fun to make anytime – parties, holiday decorations for fall, Christmas, winter, variations for Valentine’s day, and also the Fourth of July. Use your imagination and see which ways you can decorate apple wreaths for any occasion.

These wreaths can be used for many seasons and occasions, so decide on yours, and then decide on your color scheme for ribbon and any other decorations.

I used Christmas holiday wired ribbon on this example, but make them for any holiday or party centerpiece. Experiment with different candle holders, even candelabras. Or use our apple candle idea on our easy apple craft page.

Apple Wreaths

These wreaths are easy apple craft ideas and fun to make simply because of the aroma! It smells like baking apple pie, with many of the same ingredients and spices.

If you are not able to make the apple slices “from scratch,” you can always buy dried apple slices at the store. Just sprinkle them with the spices below and microwave for a minute or so. You’ll get lots of aroma that way too!

The final wreaths can be used in many ways. I show the samples here as hanging, and as a candle wreath.

You need:

Bottle of lemon juice
2 tsp salt
About 10 apples
2 tsp Allspice
2 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Cloves
6 – 7 tsp Cinnamon
Other items for wreath: cranberries, chunks of sugared ginger, pinecones, etc.
10” to 12” of florist wire
1 yard of ribbon of your choice

apple wreath craft centerpiece

Pour the lemon juice in a mixing bowl and stir in the salt. Peel and core the apples. Then cut them into thin circular slices.

Soak them in the lemon juice and salt for about 10 minutes. Make sure all sides are covered; you may have to mix them around in the bowl after a few minutes. Then remove and pat dry with a paper towel.

Stir together all the spices in another bowl. Coat the apple slices with the spice mix on both sides.

Spread apples thinly on a cookie sheet. Bake at 150 F degrees for 6 to 7 hours, until dried. They will still be slightly soft. Remove from the oven and cool.

You can either fold each slice in half; or again into quarters, depending on the look you want. I folded mine in halves. (I also used some commercial “white” dried apples from the grocery store, for contrast, since homemade dried apples are more brownish in color).

See how many ways you can use the apple wreaths for decorations. I also simply hang mine on the wall. Changing out the style and color of the ribbon can make it suitable for a variety of occasions.

Read about these projects:

Whimsical Granny Apple Doll — The apple doll is a traditional folk apple craft dating back over a hundred years. And we have some really fun ideas. And easy to make, using things from home; plus imagination!
Apple Valentine Centerpiece — And this is not just for Valentine’s Day! This apple centerpiece includes a very unique hand-painted apple that’s easy to make! And the flameless candle adds sparkle. Learn how to create this special craft.
Apple Fruit Kabob Tower — This towering apple, strawberry and fruit kabob is both a craft and a food project! Strawberries are a versatile fruit to use for any occasion, so you can decorate this kabob for lots of holidays and parties.
Gourd Craft Ideas – Gifts, Ghouls & Grannies — Gourd craft ideas are fun all year round and make great fall craft projects. These whimsical characters are really easy and fast to make. Great for all ages, both elderly and kids!
Gone Fishing Party Activities — Check out our food ideas and fish party activities and crafts to make for a fun theme-based party – all about fishing! Lots of senior activity ideas. Bad weather? Take it indoors and have a Gone-Fishing party any time of year!

painted apple doll craft

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Our apple craft ideas are more than just caramel apples! An apple is one of the most versatile fruits to use for crafts. And apples are available all year round.

These apple projects are fun and easy ways to incorporate apples into your activities, and are really good for senior activity ideas. Take a look and see how you can modify them or give extra assistance for elderly activities for those who may be experiencing various elderly issues that may cause some limitations.

You can use these apple craft ideas as special projects for getting ready for parties, to use in conjunction with centerpieces, or to make as gifts to give away. Keepsake ideas are always possible, by incorporating special items that can be passed on. Keep this in the back of your mind as you read about these activities.

(Be sure to see our craft forum with awesome ideas submitted by our readers at Share Your Crafts for Adults ).

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Easy Apple Crafts

Apple Frog

This whimsical apple craft frog is perky and fun. Sure to bring lots of smiles.

Besides a large green apple, you only need a few other items. And it’s all edible (that is, after you take off the googly eyes, the legs and arms.) Even the mouth and nose are edible – they are drawn on with edible food coloring gel. I am including a template below for the legs and face. Here’s what you need and what you do.

You need:

Large-screen apple
2 green cone shaped candies, or large green gumdrops
Black edible food coloring gel and a pen, or find tip black marker
Medium-sized googly eyes
White squirt frosting in a tube, or craft glue
Decorative paper, or green paper

If you want your apple craft to be edible, then use squirt frosting to adhere pieces together. And you see edible marker gel. If you do not plan on eating the craft later, or plan to peel it before eating. Then you can use regular marker for the mouth and nose. Or even craft glue. But be sure to wash the apple well and also peel it before eating, in that case.

First I took the legs template and drew it onto some colorful paper that I had, and cut them out. There is a tab on the thigh that you bend backwards to adhere the legs to the apple body. You also fold the feet so they stick out.

So the first step was to attach the legs, with frosting, to the body.
The next step was to glue, with frosting, the green candy eyeballs to the top of the head. Then I glued the googly eyes onto the green eyeballs, also with frosting… so they can just be removed before eating the apple. Lastly, I could then see whereabouts to draw the mouth and nose, so put those on as the final step.

Very easy and lots of fun! They would make cute gifts, part of a centerpiece, or part of a giveaway. You could even make one for each place setting if you don’t have too many people. This apple craft could also be made with a small green squash or gourd.

And be sure to see how to fit your apple frog into a centerpiece on our make affordable centerpieces page!

See templates below.
You can print it out, and also change the size according to the size of your apple. The thigh area has a “tab” that is bent back to attach the leg. Also fold the foot so it sticks out.

apple candle craft

Apple Candle Holder

You need:
Large red apple
Knife, and a spoon for scooping
Lemon or lemon juice
Tea light or votive candle
Ribbon or raffia
Upside down candle holder (or other stand)
Plate or shallow dish
Candies or nuts

As for any of the apple craft ideas, choose a large apple that stands nice and upright (I like red the best for these). You will be inserting either a tea light candle or a votive candle. On top of the apple, trace a circle around the largest part of the candle.

Squirt lemon juice on your knife and spoon, to help the apple avoid becoming brown as you cut it. Apples can brown quickly, so I get the lemon juice on them right away. Cut a hole just a little bigger than the size you traced, and as deep as you’d like. This will allow the candle to easily sit inside the hole. Immediately squirt lemon juice on the cut apple area. Drop the candle into the hole.

You can use a variety of objects for the stand, even float one or two in a bowl of water. I got an inexpensive glass candle holder to serve as a pedestal and turned it upside down. They also look nice nested on the top of a wine glass. If you are making this apple craft as a gift, think of a keepsake candle holder, wine glass, etc. that you can use, to pass it on.

I set the apple in the indentation of the bottom side of the candle holder. Next, tie on a raffia bow or use ribbon. The pedestal with apple is then centered on a small glass plate. Spread out a good quantity of candy on the plate, surrounding the pedestal with candle. I used small gumdrops. Nuts work well too. Carefully light the candle and voila, you have a really nice centerpiece or gift. (Besides for apple craft ideas, a version of this can also be done with a small pumpkin, squash or gourd).

Granny Apple Doll

apple doll head

The apple doll has traditionally been one of the favorite folk apple craft ideas, for over a hundred years. It’s very easy to make, but is done over a time frame.

It is best to do this project either in fall when it is not humid out, or else in a very dry room in your home. If you try to dry the apples near humidity, they could mold.

This cute apple doll is lots of fun to decorate, and we have many ideas for you. (We show just the head of the doll to the right). A great project for all ages. Learn how to make the full doll by clicking the link: Granny Apple Doll.

Spicy Aromatic Apple Wreaths

dried apple wreath

These apple wreaths are easy apple craft ideas and fun to make simply because of the delicious aroma — like baking apple pie. In fact, you use many of the same ingredients and spices. These apple wreaths very popular senior activity ideas too — make them simple or fancy, so perfect for all ability levels.

The wreaths can be used for many seasons and occasions. Just decide on yours, and then the color scheme you want for ribbon and any other decorations. Since apples are in stores all year round, you can modify these ideas for any season or holiday. Just click on the following link to learn how to make them — Aromatic Apple Wreaths.

Pear or Apple Gramps

apple or pear character craft

Again, this another one of the easy apple craft ideas, and it can also be made with a pear, as I did in this project. Use what you have at home.

In this case, I used many of the items listed above in the previous projects, with the same process of “gluing” pieces on with tube frosting.

The hat is an ice cream cone with candy on top. For the arms, I took florist wire, made a dip in the middle so it could sit in the glass, and then put on candy hands.

The pear goes on top of the glass (filled with candy) to keep the wire in place. The hair and mustache is just chocolate frosting in a tub.

It is set in the base of a terra cotta pot, which is filled with moss and then candy. Under the base are two artificial fall leaves, which almost look like feet.

painted apple craft

Painted Apple Centerpiece

This centerpiece includes a very unique hand-painted apple that’s easy to make! And the flameless candle adds sparkle.

Although we decorated it for Valentine’s Day, you can use the idea for any occasion by simply changing the candies and any other surrounding decor. Very versatile!
See the Painted Apple Centerpiece page.

I’ve used painted apples for summer activities too, and also in Christmas arrangements. If you want a different look, use black marker on green apples.

Apple Santa

I happened to like the shape of a red pear, so used it in this project. But of course you can use a red apple too. Find out all the details on our simple Christmas crafts page.

Besides our apple craft ideas,
check these out…

Apple and Strawberry Fruit Kabob — This towering strawberry and apple fruit kabob is both a craft and a food project! Strawberries are a versatile fruit to use for any occasion, so you can decorate this kabob for lots of holidays and parties.
Gourd Craft Ideas – Gifts, Ghouls & Grannies — Gourd craft ideas are fun all year round and make great fall craft projects. These whimsical characters are really easy and fast to make. Great for all ages, both elderly and kids!

lady bug apple craft

Creative and Simple Fruit Salad Characters — Simple fruit salad is fun to make for all ages, and ours includes unique whimsical ideas, like our apple ladybug salad. Plus we have yummy recipes for Carrot Slaw and delicious fruit salad dressings!
Mini Mouse Crafts – Amusing & Easy — Mouse crafts and mice themes are always popular. And we even have crafts with candy, as well as fun chocolate crafts. These are simple senior activity ideas, as well as elderly activities for those who may have some limitations.

Be sure to see:
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apple doll

The apple doll has traditionally been one of the favorite folk apple craft ideas, dating back over a hundred years. And it’s very easy to make, (but is done over a time frame).

This project is really fun for all ages, including making them with kids. It’s one of the senior activity ideas that can be done individually, or in a group – bringing together and sharing fabrics, beads, trim, types of hair, and other decorations. You can make this doll mostly from items you have around your home.

Those with elderly issues that may restrict hand activity may need assistance with some parts – but it’s so fun, do give it a try! And see more special projects at Senior Activity Ideas.

It is best to do this project either in fall when it ‘s not humid out, or else in a very dry room in your home. If you try to dry the apples near humidity, they could mold.

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The Granny Apple Doll

You will need:

A large sized, firm apple (or two)
Bottle of lemon juice
2 Tbsp of salt
Small knife for carving the face
Long wire or wood skewer
Beads, seeds, or cloves for eyes, or googly eyes from craft store
Doll’s wig for hair, wool, or cotton
Empty, dry water bottle (16 to 20 oz.)
Fabric or craft glue (as needed)
Fabric for clothing, cut in a 12” x 14,” to 16” rectangle.

apple doll head

Apple doll head

Peel the apple. Scoop out two hollows with the u-shaped end of a peeler utensil, for eye sockets. Then cut slits within the hollows as well. For the nose, cut a U shape, and then cut wedges out around the nose area so it sticks out.

Make a smiley slit for the mouth. If you want to go all out and really get into carving, you can cut a little wedging out under the cheekbone area, so the cheeks look slightly full. You can also cut a little wedge under the lip area, so the chin protrudes slightly.

Be bold with your carving, since the shrinking will cause some of it to diminish. Since this is a granny, cut little laugh lines in the corners of the eyes, and wrinkle lines across the forehead.

Soak the carved apple(s) in a bowl of lemon juice with salt, for an hour, to keep it from browning. Remove the apple and insert the wire or wood skewer.

Drying the apple doll

Hang it to dry. (To dry on its own can take several weeks). An alternative is to heat the oven to 200 degrees F. Put the apples in the oven for 4 hours.

Then dry for two more days in a non-humid area. The fast way is to use a dehydrator, if you have one. This will take 3 or 4 days. It is ready when the apple is totally dry and feels a little spongy. It will have also shriveled somewhat, which gives these apple craft ideas the “golden years” look!

If some of the lines have slightly disappeared, you can always re-cut them. And also pinch the cheeks to plump them up!

Apple doll face

When you’re sure the apple is thoroughly dry, you can coat it with a thin layer of Varathane. Add the beads into the eye slots and affix with a little craft glue. Apple seeds or whole cloves work well too. Use a thin, red marker or paint to fill in the mouth line. Paint in pink cheeks with diluted watercolors. Attach the hair.

Apple doll dress

It’s really meaningful if you can use fabric from a garment or apron with this apple craft, that was either special to the person making the doll, or to whom the doll will be given.

With a needle and thread, stitch (you can do this by hand if you’d like) a simple line across one edge of the fabric, about ¾ inch from the edge.

Gather the fabric and knot the end of the thread to secure it. You can hem the bottom of the dress by folding the fabric over and adhering with fabric glue. Or just use a pinking shears to finish the edge. Gather the fabric tight enough to fit around the neck of the bottle. If it is not possible to sew, you can simply wrap the fabric around the bottle and put a rubber band around the neck to secure it (as I did in the sample).

Decorate the apple doll

This apple craft is lots of fun to decorate. Tie lace or a ribbon around the neck to finish it off. If you’re really good at sewing, you can make a shawl of lace to drape around the neck. You can also glue on small squares to look like pockets.

Other small touches can be sewing on buttons, or sewing a small apron. Remember, you can make many items with fabric glue instead of sewing them. Craft stores have all kinds of cute doll items too, including granny glasses.

You can also hang a piece of special jewelry (like an old earring or necklace item) around the neck on a ribbon. This is especially nice if you’re giving the doll as a gift, you can hang or attach a special heirloom or keepsake that you’d like to give away. My doll has a favorite pin from my own grandmother. Really use your imagination to decorate!

Assemble the apple doll

Fill the empty, dry water bottle about half way with small pebbles to weigh it down. To position the apple head on the bottle, gently stick the wire or skewer down into the bottle through the pebbles. You can add more small pebbles as needed.

If possible, it also works well to drill a small hole into the cap, screw on the cap, and then insert the apple head on its wire into the hole in the cap.

Fun Uses!

The granny apple doll makes really cute keepsake gifts, particularly if you’ve used meaningful fabric or jewelry items. And it’s also a fun craft for Halloween – you can dress them as witches! Just add a pointed witch hat on top. In fact, We’ll include a pattern here that you can print out and use.

witch hat free template pattern

Also check out Easy Crafts and Gifts You Can Make, and find out about lots more easy yet quality craft ideas for many seasons, reasons, ages and ability levels; plus free templates you can use for a variety of projects.

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