Easy Apple Centerpiece
Someone recently shared with me a great, easy idea for making a
table centerpiece. All you need to get started is several pounds
of Red Delicious apples. The apples you can make into candle
holders! All you have to do is use a paring knife to cut a
circle out of the top of the apple (removing the stem).
a spoon to scoop out enough apple to allow enough room for a
votive candle. If you want to use a larger candle, you could
scoop out more of the apple. The top of the candle should be
flush with the top of the apple.
Stand the apple on the counter and see if it's standing straight.
If it's a little lopsided, just slice a little off the bottom of
the apple so it will sit nicely. There's lots of ways you can
decorate with your apple candle holders.
If you want to decorate your table, you can take a pretty bowl
and fill it with apples. Place 2-3 apple candle holders in with
the other apples and light the candles for an attractive
centerpiece. You can also set several of the candle holders on
the table and decorate with greenery from your yard, such as
evergreen branches, leaves, berry sprigs, pine cones, etc. Use
your imagination. At Thanksgiving we had several card tables set
up and I set one apple candle holder and a few pieces of
evergreen on each table since there wasn't room for more
decoration. You can also set the candle holders around a room,
like in a bookcase, on the piano, on the china hutch. Just make
sure to set something under it in case the wax spills over.
Some people think these candle holders look a little weird at
first, because they're not used to seeing apples used as candle
holders, but they look really great and cost next to nothing if
you have some apples and votive candles laying around. They will
last 2-3 days until starting to spoil. They give a warm, natural
feeling to a home and are very attractive and easy to make.
Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who is the author of
What's for Dinner?, an e-cookbook containing more than 250 quick
easy dinner ideas. For recipes, tips to organize your home, home
decorating, crafts, holiday hints, and more, visit Creative
Homemaking at http://www.creativehomemaking.com.
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