My daughter needed to make a “creature” out of an apple for a school assignment. So we all tossed around ideas at the table, until I jumped up and announced that we were making something that had a shrunken head (because I’d always wanted to try it, but just couldn’t bring myself to waste a perfectly good apple).
Shrunken Apple Head from Marthastewart.com
1 cup of lemon juice (I used the bottle kind)
1 Tablespoon of salt
Combine in a small (deep) bowl and set aside – I used a small plastic container.
Peel the apple and then have your husband cut deep facial features with a paring knife (so they’ll sink when the apple shrivels up).
Then put the apple into the solution to “cure” for 30 seconds – rolling it around. Pat dry with a paper towel and set on a paper plate (out of the way) to dry for 8 days.
Then you can simply put a bamboo skewer through it and litter your yard (or someone else’s) with shrunken heads, or make an old witch (like we did).
This apple head is mounted on a bamboo skewer with yarn “hair” glued to the top of the skewer. The top of the hat was made with construction paper in the shape of a cone and a circle with a hole cut out for the brim. The dress was another construction paper cone taped.