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Welcome back, everyone! Thank you again for all of your kind words about my Christmas Tree. I am loving it, too. I just want to sit in my dining room for hours and take it all in. 


Today is Day 7 of the 12 Days of Christmas, and I thought I’d share a craft from the past! I can remember when my mom would dry apple slices in our kitchen and make dried apple wreaths. Apparently the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. (Pun indented.) 


Below is my simplified version of a dried apple wreath. I’m also going to use some apple slices to make a few quick ornaments.Tomorrow, I’ll show you how to make cinnamon applesauce, and then, we can put it all together into a Scandinavian-inspired display. How’s that sound?

Let’s get crafting!


Here’s what you will need:

1 cup lemon juice

2 teaspoons salt

8 Red Delicious apples 


embroidery hoop

hot glue gun and glue sticks


In a large bowl, mix together lemon juice and salt.



Slice apples about 1/4 inch thick. For a star shape, slice the apples horizontally. If you prefer a heart shape, slice them vertically.



Place the apple slices in lemon juice and salt mixture for about five minutes. Also preheat oven to 150 degrees F.



Remove the apple slices from the lemon juice and salt. Pat dry and transfer them to a baking sheet lined with a cooling rack or broiler pan rack.


Bake apple slices, keeping oven door slightly ajar (I used a wood spoon.), for 6-8 hours. – Apples should be dry to the touch. Turn apples every two hours to minimize curling.


Once the apple slices are dry, hot glue them onto an embroidery hoop.

That’s it! 



You can also tie a piece of baker’s twine to an apple slice to create an instant ornament! 


Other than the 6-8 hour drying process, this project couldn’t get much easier. I love a natural touch throughout the holidays and these apple slices are perfect. Not only do they make a great wreath or ornament, but they can also be used as vase filler, a place card holder, or a fun package topper! The possibilities are endless.


Here’s a little sneak peek at what we will tackle tomorrow.



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Comments

  • JuneA** at

    I used to make these (years and years ago!!!) thanks for the reminder -altho, I don’t think that mine were ever that pretty!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You are too sweet! I love bringing back old an beautiful traditions!

  • Anonymous at

    Oh, I love this! AND I think I could do it. I like natural elements for Christmas too and this adds a nice touch of red.

    I’ve never seen this done before…do you think this would work w/ orange or lemon slices too?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You can do it!!

      I’ve seen it done with oranges and lemons, but I’m not sure if the process is the same. If you try it, let me know! I’d love to see it!

  • Marianne Songbird at

    They look so pretty and fun! And I think things are getting yummy tomorrow….
    I’ll be here…..

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Well, you can’t eat tomorrow’s project, but it sure looks (and smells) pretty!

  • Funky Junk Interiors at

    So pretty! I’ve always loved dried apples but have yet to try them. I think I have the perfect place for them before the end of this series… can I do it in time?! We shall see! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It’s so easy! You must try it. Just set it and forget it! :)

  • Vanessa at

    Hi, Michael

    These are great. I love using apples and any fruit to my decor. Thanks for sharing.

    Vanessa

  • creatingHOME :: Renee Caron at

    Hi Michael! I love this. It’s a good thing I don’t live nearby…I may stop in and use it as a little snacky snack, especially if you added a bit of cinnamon. Thanks for all the great ideas this week!

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  • reFresh reStyle at

    Awesome and they look easy enough for me to do :)

  • Stephanie at

    This is such a wonderful idea! How long would the wreaths last? Would the apples change appearance or degrade over time?

  • Anonymous at

    Micheal,
    can you use any sort of apples for this?and I am not quite clear when you say tranfer to a baking sheet lined with a cooling rack or a broiler pan rack ..I am truly enjoying this site

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