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At Home in the Orchard


Use the surplus from apple season to make tabletop decorations.


  • Apples
  • For votive: Tea lights
  • Craft knife
  • Melon baller
  • For place cards: Green paper
  • Scissors


  1. Step 1

    Place a tea light on an apple; cut around edge with a craft knife. Scoop out flesh with a melon baller, and insert candle.

  2. Step 2

    Using decorative-edged scissors, cut leaves from green paper. Put 1 end of a 3-inch-length of floral wire between 2 leaves; use craft glue to paste together. Repeat with opposite end of wire and 2 more leaves.

  3. Step 3

    Write guest name on 1 leaf. Wrap wire around apple stem.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2008

Reviews (6)

  • Bekagram 21 Oct, 2011

    I used the apple votive for a ALA Dept. Visitation. Everyone was quite impressed and its not expensive and you can make applesauce later.

  • Dragonf1y 24 Sep, 2009

    goclones: Actually here in Washington, we're having record temperatures! It's beautiful! I expect our apple crops to be bountiful. Even the wine grapes around here in Eastern Washington have been harvested early!! ;-D

  • laurel51 24 Sep, 2009

    wonderful idea I would love to make that sounds fun

  • Terri280 24 Sep, 2009

    I have done votive holders with little pumpkins at Thanksgiving for a wonderful table arrangement.

  • goclones 24 Sep, 2009

    I have heard around the midwest that there might be a shortage of apples because of the spring weather. Is there a shortage in the state of Washington?

  • TLeaf 23 Sep, 2009

    i love this idea, im going to the farmers market right now!