Shrunken Apple Heads




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Introduction: Shrunken Apple Heads

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With some apples, ingenuity, and a few other ingredients, you can create a cool shrunken head for your Halloween decorations.

Step 1: Materials

You will need:
Knife or Peeler
Lemon Juice

Step 2: Carving the Head

Use your knife to carve a face into your apple. Make it as shrunken headish as possible.

Step 3: Coating the Head

Mix the lemon juice and the salt (just eyeball it) and stir until it is all dissolved. Put the head into the mixture and let it soak for about 24 hours.

Step 4: Baking the Head

Put the head into the oven until it starts to shrivell a little. Then take it out and let it dry for a couple days.

Step 5: After 4 Days...

I let mine sit for four days. That is about the minimum.

Step 6: Hair and Teeth

You don't have to, but I added hair and teeth (toothpicks and stuffing).



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    Thanks for the great class. I actually made a short comedy/horror film about apple head dolls, you can check it out here:

    this is so neat! i was hoping to find a cool halloween project to do with some kids i care for, this looks just perfect.

    do you think that it is ok if I let my apple in the salt and lemon solution for like 3 days?

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    that sounds like it might even make it more wrinkly. i think it will work well; let me know how it turns out.

    Here is my shrunken apple head (very squishy)

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    looks good. might want to bake it more if it is squishy.

    oh my gosh! I totally forgot the baking part! I will have to do that!

    I love this! I will definetly try this for Halloween!

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    This could be a fun project for most kids.

    What temperature should the oven be when I bake the apple? 

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    i baked it at 350, but you can heat it up more to cook it faster.

    Nice, on the boat to Tasmania from Mainland Australia they have a souvenir shop, and I've always wondered how they do that! Thanks!

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