Halloween Shrunken Apple heads

Halloween Shrunken Apple heads

Once these apples have dried they shrivel up making scary Halloween shrunken heads.

What you need

1/2 cup Lemon Juice
3 tbs of Salt


This project can be used as a hangup up or add them to a stake in the ground. Add them to a bowl full of chips for a scary surprise.

Start by peeling the apples and then coating them in the lemon juice and salt mixture. This helps reduce the browning of the apple.

Using a knife carve out a face with eyes and nose. Keep it simple, a hole for the eyes and triangle for the nose cause as it shrinks you will loose detail.

You can stick on wobbly eyes, use doll eyes or just use a peppercorn. Add some teeth with some wheat or rice grains.

Place them outside in a warm area but not in direct light for around 2 weeks.

To speed up the process dry them out in the oven on a low setting for around 30 minutes then move them outside for 24 hours.

You can even add hair to these by gluing on some craft hair or use some garden moss or dryer lint.



  1. This seems really cool and I can’t believe I am the only one in 2020!

  2. Just Plain Cool thanks can’t wait to share this with my students

  3. my apples (I did 35) almost all rotted and fell off the string while drying. Any solution to that problem?

  4. Cool – I cant wait to try this one

  5. These are so easy to make. I remember making them in school when I was younger.

  6. A new twist on an old craft….very creative. Thanks.

  7. i love this idea cant wait

  8. I love making these..I make a couple every year.I don’t keep them out of the light though.

  9. great idea!!!love it love josie

  10. got to give this one a try.

  11. its a very cute idea!

  12. I cant wait to try this!

  13. CraftBits (Shellie Wilson) says

    The lemon and Salt are To help reduce the browning of the apple

  14. This looks very much like the American Apple granny

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