Shrunken Apple Head Decorations
Oh, the horror! Gnarled branches adorned with gruesome heads warn visitors to beware -- at least if your guests happen to be apples.
- Paring knife
- Firm, unbruised apples
- Lemon juice
- Small bowl
- Knotted cord or twine
- Optional: Urn or vase filled with dried branches
Peel and core a firm, unbruised apple. Cut guidelines for face.
Carve large features (small ones vanish when shrunken). Soak head for 30 seconds in 1 cup lemon juice and 1 tablespoon salt, to prevent browning; set aside. Repeat for as many heads as you'd like.
String heads on a knotted cord: Insert toothpicks in knots; rest heads on them. In a few days, the apples will shrivel up, and even the most serene faces will turn downright crabby.