Introduction: Halloween Russian Doll Fruit Carving!

You get a load of fruits of different sizes that fit inside each other like russian dolls, and you carve them like pumpkins. They look really cute when they're all lined up, and it's a quick easy fun project that anyone can do.

Step 1: Procurement

Go to the supermarket and buy the fruit. We used, in order of descending size:


check the sizes, and try to get quite round fruit. e.g. rummage around for a -round- lemon.

Step 2: Gutting

cut all the fruit in half, and then gut it.
the citrus fruits are the hardest, because you need to leave enough skin on the inside to maintain structural integrity.

check they all fit - perfect!

Step 3: Facial Features

carve eyes in the top of each half. and a mouth into the bottom of each half. At this point, you should check the fit of the fruit inside each other again, so that you know that everything lines up.

we used a tim burton-esque style for the eyes, but you can do whatever you want.

Step 4: Spark 'em Up

that's it!
to get the candle in the lime to stay lit, you need to make another airhole somewhere, and use a half a tea-light (shave the tea light's sides to reduce it's cross sectional area through the vertical axis).


here's a slideshow


precious_sweetie_4u made it!(author)2008-02-23

XD this is way too cute. I think my fav is the pomegranate

jessyratfink made it!(author)2007-10-26

The lemon and lime are so adorable.

deadinsect made it!(author)2007-10-27

everyone loves the lime! next time round, I want to do a kumquatkumquat too, with a tiny mini shaved down tea light candle in it...

gmoon made it!(author)2007-10-27

These are "Matryoshka dolls"--my wife's family is Russian, and we have a few.

Wikipedia says:

Matryoshka is a derivative of the Russian female first name "Matryona", which is traditionally associated with a corpulent, robust, rustic Russian woman.

But my wife says it's a traditional russian name for grandmother...

deadinsect made it!(author)2007-10-27

thanks for the tip - I had no idea how to spell that...!

gmoon made it!(author)2007-10-27

Oh, and it's a cool project!

technick29 made it!(author)2007-10-27

Blast, you beat me to the punch! Great documentation.

deadinsect made it!(author)2007-10-27

thanks dude! it's all about the slideshow.

T3h_Muffinator made it!(author)2007-10-27

That's an awesome idea! I give you a round of applause! applaud

whatsisface made it!(author)2007-10-27

Great idea! [+]

canida made it!(author)2007-10-27

This is awesome! You should add it to the DIY Halloween contest.

awoodcarver made it!(author)2007-10-26

Way Cool !!

oskay made it!(author)2007-10-26

Brilliant concept!

LinuxH4x0r made it!(author)2007-10-26

Awesome! i'll have to try that some time. Great idea and instructable!

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