Making your own dried apple wreath is an easy and economical way to decorate your home for autumn. The festive harvest-inspired wreath will lend a country-inspired touch to walls and doors. Handmade wreaths also make ideal gifts for craft lovers. If you're in a hurry, buy pre-dried apple rings rather than drying them at home. Customise the simple-to-make fruit wreath using basic craft items, dried flowers or other fall-themed decor pieces.
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Things you need
- Pre-dried apple rings
- Fresh apples, a knife, lemon juice and salt (optional)
- Food dehydrator (optional)
- Clear varnish spay
- Hot glue gun
- Any size metal embroidery hoop
- Craft wire
- Autumn-inspired craft items, such as twigs of berries and dried flowers
Buy pre-dried apple rings or dry fresh apple slices in a food dehydrator. Slice an apple into rings using a carving knife, rub the rings with a salt and lemon juice mixture and allow them to dry outside for approximately a week as another option.
Transfer the dried apple rings to a well ventilated area. Spray both sides of each ring with clear varnish to create a protective finish. Allow the rings to thoroughly dry.
Plug a hot glue gun into an electrical socket and allow it to heat up. Apply a dab of hot glue to the back of an apple ring. Press the apple firmly onto a metal embroidery hoop until the glue is dry. Continue this process until the entire metal hoop is covered with apple rings; overlap the ring edges for a decorative look.
Twist a piece of craft wire onto the back of the wire hoop to form a loop for hanging.
Decorate the wreath with autumn-inspired craft items. Tie a piece of raffia or a fall-coloured grosgrain ribbon into a bow and glue it to the bottom of the wreath. Attach twigs of red and orange berries and dried or silk flowers anywhere on the wreath using hot glue.
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