Friday, September 26, 2008

apple candle holders.


The boys have been wanting to make apple candle holders ever since we picked up our first batch of apples. So today we finally made a few! They are easy to make and look nice on your fall nature table.


You just need apples, mini cookie/clay cutters, a little hammer, taper candles, and a corer or knife.


The kids gently hammer fall shapes into the apples - we have a set of mini cutters which includes a leaf, apple, pumpkin, and acorn. Hammer in enough to cut into skin, then remove. The point with this is that as the apple sits out a bit it will shrink and turn brown in the pierced area, making the design show up clearly.


The grown-up then cuts a hole in the top the right size for the taper. We put a little clay in the hole to help hold it in place, and then the boys pushed in their candles. They also embellished the holder a bit using a colorful paper leaf on a wire by pushing it into the back of the apple and bending it behind the candles (far enough away to not ignite or get wax drips). The leaves look like they are glowing when the candles are lit!


We love when it starts getting dark a bit earlier - it is a good excuse to light our beeswax candles and sit at the table together. We do puzzles, play board games, and listen to music or books on CD. Makes for a nice family evening. These candle holders will only last a day or two, but they are fun to make!

11 comments:

Nicole said...

What a brilliant idea!

so NOT cool said...

Those are cute as can be. I can even imagine doing them with X, nevermind that she's a teen.

As you know, my husband it out of town A LOT, so X and I try to do special things, like sipping warm apple cider, making our own little occasions.

I think that we'll pick up some horse apples just for this purpose when we go to Ski Hi Apple Orchard (between Baraboo and Sauk City).

Enjoy your weekend! (We'll be at Geek Kon in the humanities building on campus.)

Dawn said...

Cute! I find so many great ideas from you. I want to make some of those. Have a great weekend.

Eluciq said...

your home looks so warm and fall like...we are starting to see the change of the season...but not in our house... :( maybe this weekend i can do some fall projects with my guys :)

anthromama said...

Your nature table is so peaceful and simple. And beautiful!

Sarah said...

For some reason, we make these during advent. They'd be much better for fall.

Lisa Anne said...

Your nature table is lovely, I am interested in the pressed leaves, they look so perfect. We make apple candle holders like this at advent

ladybug-zen said...

so pretty.

Yarrow said...

So pretty.

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Oh, your decorating is so lovely, too! I have not gotten out the fall stuff, even though Rosh Hashanah is late this year and starts tomorrow!

I, too, enjoy candlelight when the days start to get shorter.

RunninL8 said...

Thanks for sharing a wonderful idea! Those are so perfect for our table. And your nature table is just beautiful!