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Apple Votives

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 1996


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

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

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

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