Maryland Fall Fun: 6 easy apple crafts, facts, and recipes

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Apple Print Tote Bag


  • Paper plates
  • Red and green fabric paint
  • Knife
  • Apple
  • Plain tote bag, lined with protective newspaper


1. Place red paint on one paper plate and green paint on the other. Set aside.

2. Turn an apple on its side and slice it across the middle to reveal a star shape where the seeds reside. Remove the seeds.

3. Take one end of the apple and dip the flat side in paint.

4. Hold it over your tote bag and press down lightly without shifting the apple stamp. Lift the stamp.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the other portion of the apple and a different colored paint until one side of the bag is replete with designs.

6. Let dry then turn the bag over and stamp the other side.



Core Candlesticks


  • (2) Apples with flat bottoms
  • Apple corer
  • Two Tapered candles
  • Waxed paper
  • Pen
  • Knife
  • Lemon juice
  • Paintbrush


1. Use an apple corer to cut vertically halfway through the core of each apple. Carefully remove each core half, leaving the remaining portion of each apple intact.

2.With a pen, draw a design (hearts, stripes, zigzags, etc.) around the skin of the apple.

3. Use a paring knife to carve out the design.

4. With a paintbrush, apply lemon juice to the carved parts of each apple to prevent browning.

5. Place a tapered candle into each partially hollowed-out core. Use a knife to widen the holes or wrap waxed paper around the candles if the holes are too large.



Pared Down Puppets


  • Apple with stem
  • Apple corer
  • Paring knife
  • Lemon juice
  • String
  • Glove


1. With the apple turned upside down, remove the bottom half of the core using an apple corer. Leave upper stem intact.

2. Use a paring knife to cut away the skin of the apple in a smooth, circular direction.

3. Cut out facial features, making sure you leave enough room between them because the apple will shrink as it dries.

4. Soak the apple face in lemon juice for 10 minutes to prevent browning.

5. Tie a string around the stem and hang in an undisturbed location where nothing can touch it for three weeks. Let dry.

6. As it begins to dry occasionally redefine the facial features.

7. Once dry, remove the stem.

8. Place a glove in your hand and insert your middle finger into the bottom where the apple core was partially removed. Use your thumb and pinky finger to create arms. Then put on a play.

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