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DIY Dried Apple Wreath


To make a house a home it’s nice to play up the season with festive decor. I decided to create an indoor wreath to hang on the door in our living room. Apple season is starting so that became my main inspiration. By sticking to things from nature you can make a piece that costs next to nothing. Plus, it’s an excuse to engage in a fun/simple project.

Supplies I used…

*  14″ grapevine wreath
*  3 red apples (cortland apples are known to stay white longer)
*  mandolin slicer
*  lemon juice
*  dehydrator (or oven)
*  hot glue gun
*  acorns & star anise

*  burlap bow


  • Cut apple slices on mandolin ~ 1/8 in thick. Keep skin & stem intact for a nice detail. (be extra careful when slicing with sharp blades)
  • Immediately after cutting, place apple slices to the side and dip/brush in lemon juice to prevent browning. 
  • Add to dehydrator for 5-6 hours at the highest temperature to quicken the process (if you don’t have a dehydrator, set the oven to 200F or as low as possible & prop the door partially open to increase air circulation)

TIP: Fully enjoy the beautiful aroma of apples as they dry!

  • After the slices are dried, arrange them as you wish before you glue.

{ You can place them single layered like the one on the left, 
or  doubled and irregular like I chose to do on the right. }
  • Once your arrangement is decided, hot glue each slice in place
  • For the acorns I had the luxury of finding them right out my doorstep. { etsy } sells some also. Glue acorns artistically to your liking
  • Add star anise for added flair

TIP: These are all suggestions. Anything goes! 

Top it off with a Plaid or Burlap Bow for a rustic feel.

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  • marija November 20, 2012, 10:02 am

    it looks great and easy to do, maybe i will try to do… :)

  • Julia @ FaveCrafts September 18, 2013, 1:37 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of scrap fabric crafts! Check it out here:

    Have a great day!

  • lauren michelle September 18, 2013, 3:12 pm

    Thanks for the interest!

  • ANGELA October 24, 2013, 11:21 am


  • lauren michelle October 24, 2013, 11:33 am

    Sure after a while they will. Mine lasted well through the season. It won’t be as white as the first few days but it stayed attractive. Lemon juice before dehydrating. Shellac might be able to preserve then longer. It kept me happy for one season though.

  • Anne February 28, 2015, 1:20 pm

    Japanese star anise is poisonous. Chinese star anise is not. My only concern is what could happen should these seeds fall off the wreath onto the floor. Small children or pets could be sickened if they ate the Japanese variety of these seeds. It would be a good idea to make sure you only buy the NON-toxic variety – the Chinese ones.

    Here is a link to one of the many web articles on star anise toxicity:


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