small apples, 2 1/2 inches in diameter
lemon juice or lemon-lime soda pop
spray varnish, if desired cinnamon sticks, 10 inches long
(3 1/2 inch) cinnamon sticks
1IMPORTANT: You will also need 1 Straw wreath, 10 inches in diameter
3Cut apples lengthwise from stem end through core into 1/4-inch slices.
4Dip apples into lemon juice to prevent browning; place on wire racks. Carefully place wire racks on oven rack.
5Bake 4 hours.
Remove wire racks from oven and place on heatproof surface.
6Let apples stand about 2 hours or until completely dry.
7Place dried apples on waxed paper.
Coat each side with 2 light coats of spray varnish, following manufacturer's directions.
8Tie 10-inch cinnamon sticks together.
Attach to front of wreath with 6 inches of the ribbon.
9Glue dried apple slices and 3 1/2-inch cinnamon sticks to front and side of wreath, using glue gun.
10Attach leaves to ribbon on 10-inch cinnamon sticks.
11Make a bow with the remaining ribbon, and attach to wreath.
Attach wire hanger if desired.
13Make the dried apples ahead of time. When it's time to make the wreath it will all come together in a snap.
14Pick up Rome apples for this project. With their pretty red skin and white flesh they are particularly nice in this wreath, though other types of apples are also attractive.