Apple Votive DIY

September 17, 2012

Apple Votive DIY
Apple Votive DIY

On Saturday, it really felt like fall, and I wanted to do something to welcome the new season. As we were working in the yard and clearing out windfall apples and pears I suddenly remembered: apple votives! They’re the first Martha Stewart project I ever tried (15 years ago this October). And they’re still one of my favorites.

Apple Votive DIY
Apple Votive DIY
Apple Votive DIY
Apple Votive DIY
Apple Votive DIY
Apple Votive DIY
Apple Votive DIY
Apple Votive DIY

Making apple votives is super easy and doesn’t take much time at all. The finished display is so pretty and festive it makes for a really satisfying project.

Apple Votive DIY

Gather supplies. You’ll need apples, votive candles, a craft knife and a spoon.

Apple Votive DIY

Start by floating all your apples in water. Some will float with their tops up, others won’t. Pick a few of the top-facing apples for your votives.

Apple Votive DIY

First, rest a votive on top of an apple and use the craft knife to trace around it. You’re just tracing, you don’t need to press hard.

Second, move the votive and make straight cuts the depth of the craft knife all around the circle you traced. Try to cut straight down (it helps me to imagine the straight edge of the votive).

Apple Votive DIY

Third, slice across your cut circle 3 times, as if cutting it into pie pieces.

Fourth, use a small spoon to scoop out the apple pieces. They should come out easily.

Apple Votive DIY

Fifth, after removing the apple pieces, your votive may slide right in, flush with the apple, but if it doesn’t quite fit, you can use the spoon to dig out a little more.

Last, place your votive in the apple. It’s ready to float and light!

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Christy @SweetandSavoring September 17, 2012 at 10:44 am

Nice fall idea- and I love the shot of the toddler (is that June?) holding the apple up in front of her face :)

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2 Design Mom September 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Yes. That’s June. I found that picture irresistible and had to share. : )

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3 Giulia September 17, 2012 at 11:08 am

This is great idea. Could also be cute at Halloween for a bit of extra flickering light.

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4 Design Mom September 17, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Yes, yes! We’ve used apple votives as part of our Halloween decor and they are magical.

And there are always funny comments about “really adventurous bobbing for apples”.

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5 cathy September 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Love this DIY, I am so in the mood for fall!!

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6 cathy September 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Love this DIY, I am so in the mood for fall

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7 how2home September 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm

This is such a perfect and simple DIY project for fall! Thanks for sharing. It looks beautiful!

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8 Vera September 17, 2012 at 12:41 pm

beautiful!

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9 Kipin September 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm

So gorgeous. Inspiring for a trunk or treat decorations! How long do these last? Could I make them a day ahead, and then light them the next night, or do they apples get too squishy?

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10 Design Mom September 18, 2012 at 4:11 am

Great question, Kipin! The exposed part of the apple (under the candle) will turn brown after an hour or so, the way apples do. But, since the candle covers and hides the brown, the apples still look quite good, even on the second day. So I would say yes: you can prepare them a day ahead. But I wouldn’t do more than a day.

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11 Susan September 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm

My kind of craft…………..easy.

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12 phillippa September 17, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Beautiful effect. Looks like bobbin’ for apples is not on the program. :)

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13 Shannon { A Mom's Year } September 17, 2012 at 7:15 pm

What a great idea for all the extra apples we have around. And you have me trying to remember what my first Martha Stewart project was!

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14 Design Mom September 18, 2012 at 4:13 am

Yes! It’s an especially good project if you have access to a neighbor with an apple tree. Windfall apples that are too bumped up to eat will do just fine as apple votives.

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15 the sleepy time gal September 17, 2012 at 7:58 pm

I love them! They are beautiful– and a perfect way to celebrate the upcoming season. My favorite at that. :)

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16 Tracey September 17, 2012 at 8:10 pm

This is such a lovely post! I’m in an apple mood this week, and we just had a yummy apple crisp this evening.

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17 Design Mom September 18, 2012 at 4:14 am

I love fruit crisps and crumbles! I made one with plums and wild blackberries last Saturday and ate half the pan. Not even kidding.

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18 Jen (Arriving) September 17, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Ohhhhh, I actually saw a this little tool that does the carving in fruit/etc. for the votives in a store just this past weekend. Pic in link below, but I saw it at the Fireworks store in Seattle.

http://compare.ebay.com/like/140834022335?_lwgsi=y&ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar

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19 invitation consultants September 18, 2012 at 7:00 am

lovely for an autumn dinner party!

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20 Design Mom September 19, 2012 at 2:05 am

For sure! Such a fun greeting at the door.

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21 Iren September 18, 2012 at 10:22 am

Wonderful!
We use to do this at the 6th of December, when we celebrate St. Nikolaus, for a table decor. It’s so simple, beautiful and pure.
But your idea to put them into a vintage “bottich” and mix it with normal apples as a welcome ritual for fall is just great! I will copy that… :-))
Iren

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22 REinventa12 September 18, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Os felicito por la idea!

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23 Lisa October 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm

May we have permission to pin this post on Pinterest? or did you already pin it so we can re-pin it?

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24 Dee November 9, 2012 at 2:18 pm

These are beautiful, as are the photos! Great idea.

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25 G at willowday November 17, 2012 at 3:55 am

This are so pretty! I’m posting a link to these on my week sign-off for Thanksgiving planning. I plan to make these with the kids and welcome our guests with these. http://www.willowday.com/2012/11/happy-weekend_17.html

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26 Meri October 18, 2013 at 9:22 am

These are such an elegant decor idea and I love that they can work for any time throughout the fall. I shared with my readers here: http://seektobemerry.blogspot.com/2013/10/have-colorful-weekend.html Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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