Today, we share 4 quick and easy apple DIYs with you! You’ll learn how to create cute apple vases and candle holders, how to make pretty crabapple napkins rings and elegant marbled apples.
Being sweet tooths, we also show our recipe for simple and scrumptious caramel apples. You can use these projects to create beautiful tablescapes and festive place settings, to decorate your home or to give them as hostess gifts. These DIYs are perfect for celebrating the holidays and you can download the printable instructions and ornaments we used for the projects at the end of this post.
More apple inspired dishes
Using these apple DIYs, you can create beautiful and festivie tablescapes for Thanksgiving or Christmas!
What fruits should I use for the apple DIYs?
Apples to use: You can use any of your favourite apples for these projects. Only pick apples that have intact skin and no soft or brown spots. Before starting, we washed the apples with cold water and dried them with paper towels.
Remove the wax of waxed apples: To remove the wax of waxed apples, pour water into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar and the apples. Remove the fruits after a few seconds with a skimmer and let cool.
Apple DIY #1: Apple Vases and Apple Candle Holders
You need: apples, paring knife, teaspoon, tea light or small candle, flowers, small leaves or greenery, berries, floral foam
You do: To make apple candle holders, remove the stem and trace the shape of a tea light or small candle with a knife. Then cut an X into the top of the apple and scoop out a hole large enough to hold the candle using a teaspoon, but be careful to leave the apple intact.
You can adapt this technique to create apple vases. Trim a piece of floral foam, which has been soaked in water for 30 minutes, small enough to fit into the scooped-out apple and gently push it in. Use flowers, berries and leaves to create an arrangement. We used berry-colored chrysanthemum, the leaves of cherry laurel and ginkgo.
Apple DIY #2: Crabapple Napkin Rings and Name Tags
Although technically not apples, their close resemblance of apples and general high factor makes crabapples perfect for our apple-inspired DIYs.
You need: crabapples, skewer, wire, wire cutter, pliers, hot glue gun and glue sticks, crafting scissors, printable name tags
You do: To make the crabapple napkin rings, use a skewer to poke small holes into top of the crabapples and string them on a piece of wire, we used about 9 fruits per ring. Twist the ends together and clip off the excess wire.
To complete this look with cute crabapple name tags, write the name of your guests on our printable name tags and attach the tags to the stems of a crabapple using hot glue.
Just how cute do these crabapples look? Use our printables to create name tags for your guests or decorate them for Thanksgiving with the leaf ornaments!
Apple DIY #3: Gold and White Marbled Apples
You need: apples, white acrylic paint, gold acrylic paint, skewer, newspaper or an old cloth to protect your work surface, hot glue gun and glue sticks, printable leaves
You do: To make marbled apples, drip a few drops of cold paint and glitter into a small bowl filled with water. Then pour white acrylic paint into a tall container or jar and emerge the apples into the paint until fully coated.
Using a skewer, add small dots of gold paint to the apples and run the skewer through to create a marble pattern. Allow the apples to dry for a couple of hours. Print out the leaf ornaments and glue them to the stems of the apples.
The gold and white marbled apples make an excellent gift. You can also arrange them with some leaves in a decorative cake stand and display the apples as a centrepiece on your dinner table.
Apple DIY #4: The Quickest Caramel Apples Ever
You need: 6 to 8 apples, 6 to 8 apples, fudge or individually wrapped caramels, wooden craft sticks, paper straws (optional), printable flags
You do: To make caramel apples, line a baking tray with baking paper or a baking mat. Remove the stems and insert craft sticks into the apples. Add the caramels or fudge and cream into a microwave-safe bowl. The caramels we used weren’t super soft but breakable.
Microwave method: Heat for 1 minute, then stir and microwave for another 30 seconds. Repeat this process until the caramels are completely melted.
Oven method: To melt the caramel on a stove top, place the caramels into a heavy bottom saucepan and melt the caramels or fudge under constant stirring on low heat until liquefied.
Dip and turn the apple in the caramel until their fully covered. Let the apples cool on the prepared baking tray. Decorated them with chopped nuts, sprinkles or melted chocolate and our printable party flags.
What caramels should I choose? Use chewy, fudge from Gardiners, Farrah’s, Mr Stanley or Lonka. Alternatively, prepare the recipe with individually wrapped toffees or caramels such as Werther’s Original Chewy Toffees, Werther’s Original Chewy Caramels, Kraft Caramels or Kraft Premium Caramel Bites, Brach’s Individually Wrapped Vanilla Milk Caramels, Individually Wrapped Caramel Squares by Market Pantry, or Jersey caramels.
Bonus Tip: Fudge Bites
Use leftover fudge or caramel to make fudge bites! If necessary microwave or re-heat the fudge or caramel until pourable again. Fill the caramel into a brownie or baking tin (pan) lined with baking (parchment) paper or wax (grease-proof paper).
Evenly spread the caramel with the back of a spoon dipped into cold water and sprinkle with chopped nuts, sprinkles or chocolate chips. Cut the caramel into small squares after it has cooled completely.
Free Printable Instructions & Ornaments for the Apple DIYs
Click on the button to download your free mini eBook of the 4 apple DIYs. Included are the instructions for the projects and a free printable ornaments.