One of my earliest childhood memories is of two dried apple head dolls my mum had displayed on a shelf in the living room. They were so special and interesting to look at. Last year I decided to try making one for myself and actually took some photos of the work-in-progress. So I thought I'd share them here.
I peeled an apple and carved in some facial features with a parring knife. I hung it by the stem to dry.
It really started to look interesting as it dried!
After about 2 1/2 weeks it felt thoroughly dry, so it was time to put the doll together.
She's got a little trinket box for a base so she stands nice and steady, and the rest of her body is just some waded up fabric held together with tape. Her dress is an old wool sock, and her shawl came from an old cushion that was beyond repair which belonged to my grandma. She's got a pipe cleaner arm to hold her cane. I shoved two pins in her head for eyes and her hair is some cotton stuffing from inside the cushion.
What's really neat about this project is that the apple continues to dry out and the doll ages! She looks older today than when I took these photos a year ago.
Thanks for looking!