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super creepy and fun!
I've been making shrunken apple heads for..well over a decade now.

We've always strung ours up with twine and hung them from door handles.

My mum originally suggested I hang them from a branch that was weighted in a bucket full of sand.

I didn't like the look of that, and decided to move it into my giant vase. Add a little black bow and it looks awesome.

Posted by Nesse13 from Guelph, Ontario, Canada • Published See Nesse13's 16 projects »

  • How to make a bouquet. Shrunken Apple Head Tree. - Step 1
    Step 1

    first, carve your apples.

    make sure, when carving out details that you make them large. it might look silly now, but in a week when it all shrivels it looks awesome.

  • How to make a bouquet. Shrunken Apple Head Tree. - Step 2
    Step 2

    don't be afraid to do something different. for this one, i left the stem in, and carved the apple sideways and into a moon shape. just for something different.

    when finished carving, use a screw driver and poke a hole through the center of the apple. poke twine through the apple. double knot the bottom.

    dip the head into a bowl filled with a solution of a cup of lemon juice, and a teaspoon of salt. this prevents extreme browning and keeps a bleached look to it.

  • How to make a bouquet. Shrunken Apple Head Tree. - Step 3
    Step 3

    using a vase, or a bucket, keep branches in place by pouring sand,dirt or layering rocks around them.

    hang up the apples from different heights and depths within the branches.

  • How to make a bouquet. Shrunken Apple Head Tree. - Step 4
    Step 4

    depending on the dryness/humidity in your place depends on how quickly your apple heads will shrink. mine took 6 days...

    add a black bow, and even some bat silhouettes to help with the theme. :).

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Nesse13 · Guelph, Ontario, CA · 16 projects
Yes, they can attract fruit flies for the week while they are shrinking down. if you run into this problem, leave out a bowl with some rotting banana at the bottom. place saran wrap across the top of the bowl and poke a few small holes. that trap will take care of most of the flies...

I've always left them on display between 3-5 weeks. And I only throw it out because I get bored or there's a new holiday to decorate for. I'm sure eventually it'll go bad, but not sure of the length of time.
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Doom Baby
Do they ever go bad or attract fruit flies?

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That's pretty cool:]

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