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A simple Halloween craft that children can enjoy. Quite often pumpkin carving requires a lot of muscle to scoop out the innards, and a very sharp knife to cut the detail. This idea, using apples, is an easier (and possibly safer) option. Once the apple heads are ready they need a good 2-3 weeks to shrivel and shrink – using them a whole year later is even better!

how to make shrunken apple heads for halloween by Lottie Makes

Here is a simple step by step guide to making them.

You will need:

  • Apples
  • Peeler
  • Knife
  • Broken up Star Anise
  • Skewer Sticks

how to make shrunken apple heads for halloween by Lottie Makes

Step 1. Peel your apple

Step 2. Carve the eyes, a nose and a mouth

Step 3. Stick the pieces of star anise in the mouth by pushing the sharp ends well into the apple flesh – these need to be stuck in well so that they don’t drop out in the shrivelling process! This can be quite tricky because if you push the pieces in too hard you may find some of the apple comes away.

Step 4. A grown up should skewer the finished head onto a stick and leave it upright in a jar in a dark place – the longer you leave it, the more it will shrivel!

Top Tip – Put these away for the following year and they will look even better!


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