Dried apple face dolls make a really cute decoration for fall. They are a great family crafts project. Dried apple face dolls are a great way to use a surplus of apples or get rid of the ones that are on the verge of going bad. These make really cute old world type dolls. The best part is you won't need any expensive doll making supplies to make your doll. This will quickly become a family of collectable dolls.

Things You Will Need

Apple     Peeler    Craft knife           Permanent markers         Yarn

Spray varnish      Straight pins        Small beads         Glass bottleApple Face


Beginning Your Dried Apple Face Doll

Peel your apple. Peel away as much of the skin as possible – leftover skin rots fast.

Making the Doll Face

Use a small craft knife, such as an X-Acto knife to carve an "A" shape where you would want the nose on the face to be.

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Use your craft knife to scrape the apple on either side of the "A" so the nose begins to stick out and off the face.

Use your craft knife to etch out a mouth. The mouth can be a thick line straight across, upturned, down turned, a thick zig zag line or an "O" shape. Use your imagination for the mouth shape.

Make small shallow holes for the eyes. The eyes can be small circles, ovals or slits.

Take a glass bead in the color of your choice, place the bead on the end of a straight pin and one into each eye hole.

On each side of the face, carve small or large "C" shapes for the ears. Scrape out some of the apple on the curve of the "C".

Drying the Apple

Place the apple on a sheet of wax paper and keep it in a warm dry place. It will take 2 to 3 weeks for the apple head to dry. The apple heads can be placed in an oven on its lowest temperature setting to speed the drying process. Be sure to keep an eye on the apple if it's in the oven to make sure it doesn't burn, A convection oven it best for this. Your apple will wrinkle as it dries to give the appearance of an old wrinkly face.

Finishing the Doll Head

After your apple heads have dried, spray them on all sides with spray varnish. Allow the varnish to dry completely.

Glue yarn, doll hair or cotton batting to the top and sides of the head for hair.

Use a permanent marker to color lips red and light pink to give the cheeks a flushed look.

Making the Body

Place craft glue on the top rim of an old glass soda bottle or beer bottle.

Place the dried apple face on top.

Allow the glue to dry.

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Adding Clothes

Wrap a fabric scrap around the bottle for her dress and secure in place with craft glue.


Buy a doll body and attach the head to a doll body. Doll bodies are available at craft stores and anywhere doll craft supplies are sold.

Buy doll clothes from a craft store or toy store to dress your dried apple face doll.


You can just use the heads as they are without bodies.

Have fun dressing up your dried apple faced doll. Use your imagination to style her hair and apply make-up. Maybe even add a beard and make your a doll a man. Color the face green for a scary witch. There is no right or wrong way to create your doll.

Make this a fun crafts project. There are no rules when creating your collectable dolls. There is no need for special doll making supplies to make your doll. Make this crafts project plain old fashioned fun!

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