Hazel my applehead witch is my alltime favourite Hallowe’en craft! I had so much fun making her and am so pleased with the way she turned out. I made Hazel last year but brought her out again this year as one of my holiday decorations. I’m working on a vampire version now.
Applehead dolls are just what they sound like – peel the apple, carve a face into it, and let it dry. It wrinkles up and darkens into a delightful face just like Hazel’s…although each one will have its own slight variations that make it unique. If they have help with the peeling, even children can make applehead dolls – simply use a softer apple and they’ll be able to carve with a table knife or even a plastic knife. The carving sometimes intimidates first time applehead doll makers but it’s really much simpler than it looks. You just carve out “suggestions” of the shapes and really, the drying process does the majority of the work.
A tutorial on the ins and outs of making applehead dolls was actually my very first blog post on this blog – nearly two years ago – with an update on the process last year! If you’d like to give this a try, check out the post here: http://cynchronicity.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/hazel-the-halloween-witch/ There’s even a video demonstration of the process there from an appearance I did on Andrea Currie’s Craft-tastic Live show! Check it out and give it a try! It’s tons of fun!