For the apple in the applehead doll, the first cut is the cruelest.
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LEFT: Peel a large apple and carve out miniature facial features. Don't whittle too deeply or too shallowly. And add a few "laugh lines." CENTER: Soak the carved applehead in lemon juice for about one minute. RIGHT: Sprinkle the little face with non-iodized salt. The salt and citric juice will preserve the fruit.
Assembled, coiffured, and dressed, these appleheads—crafted at home with 50 cents worth of supplies—rival any $20 dolls sold at gift shops.
LEFT: String up your "appleheads" on wire and hang them in a north-facing window for a two- to four-week drying spell. RIGHT: Twist a light gauge, doubled coat hanger into a stick figure, and wrap the form in rags to put some "meat" on your applehead doll's bones.