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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.

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Paring knife

  • Firm, unbruised apples

  • Lemon juice

  • Salt

  • Small bowl

  • Knotted cord or twine

  • Toothpicks

  • Optional: Urn or vase filled with dried branches


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

  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. 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.

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