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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
  • Salt
  • Small bowl
  • Knotted cord or twine
  • Toothpicks
  • Optional: Urn or vase filled with dried branches


  1. Step 1


    Peel and core a firm, unbruised apple. Cut guidelines for face.

  2. Step 2


    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.

  3. Step 3


    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.