Shrunken Apple Heads

Introduction: Shrunken Apple Heads

Shrunken apple heads are a classic halloween craft. They're simple to make, creepy and every one is unique.

You Will Need:

Apples (any variety will do)

Apple Peeler

Sharp Knife


Step 1: Peeling and Shaping

Start by peeling your apples - remove every bit of skin but leave the stem. To do this, use the peeler for the majority of the apple and then use a sharp paring knife to get the remainder around the stem.

Next, shape your apple into an approximate head or skull by cutting away pieces until you get the shape you want.

Step 2: Carving

Use a sharp knife (you can also use toothpicks to scratch in finer details) to carve a face or skull into your apple. I chose to do a shrunken head, a skull and a monkey. Don't worry if your carving isn't perfect, as the apples will shrivel and warp anyway. Some smaller details may be lost but others will become pronounced - you'll just have to wait and see.

If you mess up and cut away too much or cut off the stem, etc - just try again and serve up the discards as a severed apple head dessert.

Step 3: String Them Up

Attach a string to the stem of each apple and find a place to hang them. You can insert whole dried cloves for eyes (or beans, etc). I used powdered clove to get a two-toned monkey.

Some people use lemon juice or a salt water soak on their apples but I didn't do either - I wanted them to turn brown and shrivel as fast as possible. Once you've hung your apples, leave them alone for at least a week.

Step 4: Display

If you live in a moist climate like I do, your apples will go mouldy. This is okay because it only makes them creepier and there's no way you can save them for next halloween anyway. Once they've gotten good and scary (I left mine for two weeks) just display them somewhere they can be seen.

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    5 years ago

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


    Did these as kid forgot totally, but great concept implementing them into Halloween decorations. Love it when people hit old memories. check out my Ghost rider costume tell me what u think and make sure to watch the vid of it on fire driving into the parking lot and club. please vote on villians and Halloween costume too would b nice.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    nice! lol ill make them even if halloween is tomorrow


    7 years ago on Introduction

    These shrunken apple heads are excellent. Your carving skills are very impressive!