10 Super-Fun Apple Crafts You Can Do With Kids
Think apples are just for eating? No way! Check out our super-fun apple crafts that are great for kids.
Take Full Advantage of Apple Season
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and it keeps kids happy, too. That’s because fall apples are a great way to let your kids get creative with DIY craft projects. These can range from making a simple apple figure, all the way up to delicate apple carving for older kids.
Of course, most apple crafts are temporary, as the apples don’t stay fresh for very long. But you could use dried or artificial apples if you want something more permanent. And there’s no better way to add some quintessential rustic charm to your decor than by using apples in all their glory.
Is your child a fussy eater? Capture their imagination with this clever apple owl, made from an artfully sliced apple. Add an orange-peel beak, cereal loop feathers, and some decorative eyes. Then perch him on some pretzel rod branches and you’ve made the perfect solution for a child whooooo won’t eat their food. So let them create their own fruit animals and you’ll banish mealtime woes forever. Did you know you can use your power drill to speed up apple peeling?
From the 2D to the 3D. How about this comical apple figure made from whole apples? We think he’s a bit like a snowman but without the snow! Run a stick or length of dowel through the center to hold the apples in place, and then let your creative urge take hold. Use twigs for arms, draw features with a felt-tip pen (or try googly eyes for even more fun), and use scrap fabric for clothes. Older kids could crochet a teensie hat and scarf to keep out the chill.
Apples will keep for months if they’re stored carefully without touching each other. A set of drawers with dividers makes the ideal apple storage bin.
Green Apple Monster
This scary Halloween monster will send chills down every child’s spine and is simple for kids of all ages to make.
Split an apple and arrange it on the plate. Insert sunflower seeds for stained teeth, a piece of fruit leather for a tongue (the more colorful the better!), and some molded icing eyes. Licorice shoelaces would make great hair, wouldn’t they? And maybe some red jelly for added gore — the possibilities are endless.
If you’re looking for more ideas, look no further than our top tips for decorating your home and yard for Halloween.
Fabric Printing with Apples
Remember when you cut potatoes to print on paper or fabric? Well, it works just as well with apples. A simple vertical slice shows off the classic apple shape (try and choose a symmetrical apple so the shape is clear), and you can use leaf prints to add foliage. Or, slice horizontally to reveal a hidden star in the center, where the seeds hide.
Plain cotton fabric works great, and fabric paints can be ironed to make the print permanent. Kids poster paint works equally well – just don’t wash it! Or why not make some fall bunting by printing apples on burlap triangles? Put a paint shirt on each kid and let them have some creative fun. Spray-on fabric paint is a great way to spruce up tired upholstery too – here’s how it’s done.
Fall Collage with Apples
A walk with kids during the fall usually results in bags full of ‘treasure’ such as leaves, chestnuts, acorns and more. Rather than tossing them when you get home, let your kids use them to make a fall collage, adding dried apple slices for variety (it’s easy to dry your own apples for crafting). Leaf prints and fruit prints will make your collage even more special.
This is a quick and easy idea for some seasonal table decor and with a little supervision, small children can do it too.
At its simplest, it’s just a matter of spraying canned snow onto polished apples. You can use stencils and metallic or glitter spray, as well. This works well on red or green apples, but choose fruit without marks or blemishes or the finish will be spoiled (and bruised apples rot more quickly, too). If you have to deal with real snow and ice, you’ll want to check out these 10 great snow and ice removal hacks.
This project is really a more upmarket version of food art for kids, but these apple roses make a great edible embellishment, and older kids could manage them with a little practice – do supervise them when they’re using sharp knives, though!
Red apples would be perfect for a romantic meal, but yellow or green apples would look just as striking.
When they’re not in use, it’s essential to keep knives safe and out of the reach of children. Our simple knife block project uses scrap wood and is quick to construct.
Nothing welcomes the fall more than a beautiful wreath displayed on your door, and apples make a superb addition to a living wreath. Kids will love helping to make this wreath to help bring in the fall season.
Begin with a plain grapevine wreath, then glue small gourds, berries, leaves and apples around the ring. If you want the wreath to last more than a week or two, use the artificial version of these items.
Apple Votive Candle
Apples make a beautifully rustic tealight holder. Choose well-shaped, unblemished apples, and help your kids to cut out a recess to hold a tealight. Make sure the apple sits flat so that there’s no chance it will tip over. The heat from the tealight will gently infuse the air with the delicious scent of apples, so your decoration looks and smells great.
Of course, never leave any lit candle unattended – many home fires are caused by candles igniting nearby combustibles.
Carved Apple Swan
Older kids will appreciate the beauty of this lovely swan, carved from an apple, but they may need a little supervision to create their own. However, with care, they can carve an elegant apple swan complete with feathers, or make a striking apple tortoise, using just a knife.
A sturdy chopping board is handy when you’re carving fruit. Check out our guide to making your own chopping board that can also be used as a serving tray.