A flotilla of apples bobbing in a steel tub evokes memories of childhood and headlong plunges into icy water. But carved into holiday candleholders, these apple votives are a prize for the eyes alone, their flames a promise of warmth.
- Similar steel tub (C-50), $38.90, from Bevo Works
- Tea lights
- Paring knife
- Lemon juice
Every apple will float differently, so see how they balance in water before marking their topsides with a dot.
Place the tea light over the dot, and trace around its circumference with a paring knife, inserting the knife vertically as deep as the tea light is tall.
Set aside the light, cut the circle into sections, and scoop them out with a spoon.
Squeeze lemon juice onto the cut surface to keep the apple from turning brown, and insert a tea light. Repeat with remaining apples.