14 Inventive Ways to Use Apples (Besides Eating Them!)
Got a bounty of apples from your fall apple picking? Here’s how to put them to good use.
Make a cozy candlestick
A great way to get crafty during your next fall season gathering is to create candle holders out of apples. You’ll need to de-core the apple, carve out the center and smooth the bottom, so it stands up straight. Add in a tea light candle, and you have yourself an adorable rustic candle holder. You’ve probably been burning candles wrong this whole time, too.
One of the most creative uses for apples is potpourri. Skip the pricy stuff and DIY. Set your oven to 250 degrees, thinly slice the apples, and bake in a single layer for about an hour and a half. After they dry, mix them with spices like cinnamon or cloves. Stick them in a jar and voila! Making your own potpourri is one of the easy ways to make your home smell like Christmas.
Create a decorative centerpiece
The apple of your eye might be a creative centerpiece using apples. Fill a vase with green, Granny Smith apples, or bright, Red Delicious apples, to create an eye-catching centerpiece for any fall occasion. You could even use sticks to create what looks like an apple bouquet for the table. This seasonal centerpiece is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table setting.
Make a simple DIY Christmas gift
It’s almost never too early to start thinking about Christmas gifts. Take a DIY approach and make ornaments out of applesauce and glue. You’ll need applesauce, cinnamon, craft glue, cookie cutters, and decorating materials. Mix them all together and bake them for an easy, fun craft. If baking sounds like too much work, try making one of these easy Christmas ornaments.
Create edible place cardholders
Fresh apples make great place cardholders. Cut a leaf shape out of green construction paper and write down the name of your dinner guest. Place it near the apple stem for a quick and easy hostess DIY project. Now that you know all these uses for apples, note how to keep apples from browning, so these placeholders last for a while.