Tuesday, September 15, 2009

book of seasons: applehead dolls

Start with large apples because the carved apple will shrink to approximately two-thirds its original size.

Make the Apple Head

Steps:
  1. Peel and core an apple.
  2. Dip it into a mixture of 1 c. lemon juice and 1 tbsp. salt.
  3. Pat the apple dry.
  4. Use the tip of a potato peeler and hollow out deep eyes.
  5. Use a paring knife and make slits for a smile or frown. Make a triangle cut between the eyes toward the mouth to form a nose.
  6. Store the carved apple in a dry spot until it shrinks. To hasten drying, place it in a dehydrator or a 200-degree F oven for 4 to 5 hours and then air dry for 2 days.

Make the Doll

Steps:
  1. Screw the bottle lid tightly on a 20-oz. soda bottle.
  2. Cut a 12-by-15-inch piece of bright fabric.
  3. Wrap the fabric around the bottle; allow an extra inch at the top and bottom of the bottle.
  4. Secure the fabric around the top of the bottle with a rubber band.
  5. Fold the fabric down around the rubber band, and tie a piece of ribbon or lace at the neck to hide the rubber band.
  6. Cut 10 to 15 strands of yarn for the hair. Add 2 inches to the overall length.
  7. Gather the strands and fold in half, tying with a small piece of yarn in the middle.
  8. Braid or frizz out the yarn in whatever hairstyle you want.
  9. Push the "part" of the hair (about 2 inches of yarn) gently into the top of the dried apple.
  10. Push the dried, cored apple gently onto the lid of the bottle.

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