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Dried Apple Wreath

Treat your friends and family to a home-made gift.

 

Fill your home with the aroma of apples and cinammon with this easy apple wreath. It's the perfect size to hang over the entry to your kitchen or even from the knob of a cabinet. It makes your home smell like apple pie.

Materials:
Craft wire (22 gauge or thicker)
10-12 apples
Sharp knife
Ground cinnamon
Ground cloves
Raffia or ribbons

Optional:
Acrylic craft spray

Steps:

  1. Before slicing each apple, you may wish to push a nail down the length of it along the core to make it easier to wire the wreath later.
  2. Slice the apples across the core in slices 1/8" - 1/4" thick.
  3. Arrange the apples on a drying tray, or on cookie sheets. Sprinkle with spice mixture. Dry in food dryer or conventional oven. To dry in the oven, you will need to place the slices in an oven set to 200 Fahrenheit for 2-3 hours. Remove when the apples are still slightly pliable.
  4. When the apples are cool, string them onto the wire, forming a circle, and wind the wire at the connection to make a hook.
  5. Place a bow of raffia or ribbon to the top, where the wires come together.

Optional:
Preserve your wreath by applying a matte acrylic craft spray.

Variations

Accessorize with cinammon sticks and dried herbs - use fine copper wire or ribbons.

Alternate apple slices with dried orange slices and cranberries for added color.

Intersperse apple slices with dried chili peppers.