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Apple Votives




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
  • Apples
  • Tea lights
  • Paring knife
  • Lemon juice


  1. Step 1

    Every apple will float differently, so see how they balance in water before marking their topsides with a dot.

  2. Step 2

    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.

  3. Step 3

    Set aside the light, cut the circle into sections, and scoop them out with a spoon.

  4. Step 4

    Squeeze lemon juice onto the cut surface to keep the apple from turning brown, and insert a tea light. Repeat with remaining apples.

Martha Stewart Living, November 1996



Reviews (11)

  • madison48220 30 Dec, 2008

    This is such a great idea, and so pretty! This looks like a 'do' for next year.

  • SHess2004 29 Sep, 2008

    I found a tool called a Candle Carver that is designed to carve tealight sized holes into fruits and veggies. Last year I tried carving mini pumpkins to put tealights in. That project didnt turn out very good. This year I'm ordering the Candle Carver. I found a website that sells it for $7. If anyone wants the addy please contact me. I don't know if we can post that info here.

  • KathyLong 26 Sep, 2008

    What a great idea to put at the door for any Fall gathering!

  • sambland74 22 Sep, 2008

    this should create a really nice Halloween effect in the evening (when the trick-or-treaters arrive)

  • roofus07 15 Sep, 2008


  • whinnie39 9 Sep, 2008

    I love this it is really a very neat idea. Looks very nice at the doorway. Halloween is so much fun not only for children but for us big kids too.

  • mommies 8 Sep, 2008

    what a fun idea, I will be hosting a Halloween party for my kids that will be something fun to have in the door way.

  • pleonard 6 Sep, 2008

    I have seen a tool that cuts out perfect apples specially to put votives in at A and P grocery stores.

  • pleonard 6 Sep, 2008

    I have seen a tool to make these cutouts specially for apples at A

  • SHess2004 4 Sep, 2008

    I love this idea for fall. I plan on using a drill with a flat wood bit. They are extremely common

  • emilycf 2 Sep, 2008

    is there a tool to make the perfect votive opening?