There is nothing quite so country as a fruit wreath. The scent of a cinnamon laden apple pie brings back warm memories and this fruity apple wreath, made of dehydrated apples, covered with cinnamon and hung in your kitchen will evoke those memories of grandmas kitchen, while scenting your kitchen nicely with the heady cinnamon smell.
Other than a apple wreath there are some other types of wreath you can make for your home, as wreathes can be made rather simply, the base for any home made wreath is a wire hanger.
Fruity Apple Wreath
You can make this in a matter of minutes if you already have these things at hand:
Dried sweet apples, or foam apples. Real apples with give the best result.
- Apple peel
- Wire hanger
Bend your wire hanger into a circle/oval shape, slice the dried apples and then impale each slice onto the hanger, do this until the wire hanger is full of apples, now you can glue bits of candy and glitter onto it. You could add a lot of candy making it a candy apple wreath.
This one takes more time but is well worth it! You need caramel sauce, real apples, butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves, salt and water. Wash the apples thoroughly, cut them up and put them on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake them at 350 degrees F for about 30-40 mins depending on size. When they’re done remove from oven and let cool completely before gluing them together. Now take out all the spices except for the cinnamon stick and mix everything else together. Pour over the cooled apples and leave overnight. In the morning brush off excess syrup and place on waxed paper to dry. Once dry add sprinkling of cinnamon and decorate however you like.
There are a number of apple varieties to choose from, all of which grow on apple trees, here at How Did I Do It we like to use a bright apple color on our apple wreathes. The type of apple you use doesn’t really matter outside of aesthetics. Varieties of apple include:
Red Delicious – This variety has been around since the early 1900’s and is still very popular today. They’re easy to find and fairly inexpensive. Red delicious apples tend to be sweeter than most others.
Granny Smith – These apples were developed by an American farmer named John Grannis who was looking for something that would last longer after being picked. He found his answer when he discovered that grannies don’t brown easily. Today granny smiths are available year round and come in many different colors.
Golden Delicious – Golden delights are also known as “goldens” because their skin turns golden yellow when ripe. Their flesh tends to be less tart than red delicious’.
Pink Lady – Pink ladies are actually pinkish orange in color and not true pinks. They are often used for making pies and cakes.
Braeburn – Braeburns are large, firm apples that are great for eating fresh. They are usually sold whole and are good for cooking.
Fuji – A Japanese apple that originated in Japan. Its crisp texture makes it perfect for salads.
Honeycrisp – Another new apple introduced recently. It’s hard to get past its name though; honey crisps taste just like honey.
Just in time for the holidays this cinnamon apple wreath makes a lovely welcome sign.
To make the apple wreath you are going to need about 5 apples, which have been dehydrated. Opt for more to be sure that you have enough to complete the project.
Peel and core, cut into rings one-quarter inch thick. Peelings may be left on, however they tend to toughen during dehydration.
Use one cup lemon juice to one quart water. Soak the fruit for ten minutes. Drain and dehydrate.
NOTE: After preheating, the apple slices may be sprinkled with cinnamon or flavored gelatine crystals.
This is generally the fastest method. The temperature should be no higher than 140 degrees, leave the door ajar; place a fan so it blows across the opening and carries the moisture away.
Using bailer twine or raffia, string the apples through the core hole and tie up tightly at the top, where the apples touch you can touch each one with a drip of glue or hot glue to keep them tight together if you like.. The apples are not all going to dry flat, some will curl. This simply adds character to your wreath.
You may string the apples without gluing them however you might find that need to add some glue to keep the apples from moving or keep them tight and if so, use a hot glue gun to glue the apples to each other after you string them.
In conclusion I hope you found this article useful in your mission to make the perfect dried apple wreath for your door. If you would like to see another DIY option for your apple wreath then here is a link that will take you to a YouTube video showing you how to make one.