Make Your Own Apple
Long ago, children
made their own dolls to play with out of things they had around
the house. During the fall, children used dried apples to make
heads for dolls. Here's how to make your own apple doll!
You Will Need:
large apple - firm and not bruised
small paring knife
6 pipe cleaners
fabric scraps cut into 2.5 cm wide strips
straight pins or whole cloves (for eyes)
fabric scraps cut large enough to make doll's
wool yarn or cotton batting (for hair)
1. Peel the apple,
leaving the stem and a circle of peel around the stem. Choose
the best side of the apple for the face. Carve a mouth, nose and
eyes into the apple. You may also want to carve a chin, cheeks
and ears. Make your cuts fairly deep, but be careful not to go
all the way through the apple.
2. Pour lemon juice into a bowl. Soak the apple for an hour to
prevent it from browning.
3. Tie the apple on a string and hang it to dry in a warm, dry
place. It will take about 15-30 days to dry your apple.
4. Make the doll's body by bending pipe cleaners together. Twist
one pipe cleaner to make a circle. Cut another pipe cleaner in
two to make arms. Attach these to the top of the circle. Twist
two more pipe cleaners to make legs. Cut a 2.5 cm piece for the
top of the circle to make a neck.
5. Wrap the 2.5 cm wide fabric strips around the pipe cleaners
to make a padded body. Wrap the masking tape over the fabric.
Do not wrap the neck.
6. When your apple is dry, gently push it onto the neck. If you
wish, you can remove the stem.
7. Finish your apple doll by giving it eyes and gluing yarn or
cotton on for hair. Dress your doll using fabric scraps. Be creative!
Consult your school library to find out how people
dressed long ago. Dress your apple doll in clothes like your ancestors
may have worn!
Dress your doll to suit a holiday! Make an apple witch
for Halloween, a pilgrim for Thanksgiving, or an elf for Christmas.
Make an apple family to display in your classroom.
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