Making ppplehead dolls is an old down-home craft that's fun and potentially profitable too.
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.
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.
Assembled, coiffured, and dressed, these appleheads—crafted at home with 50 cents worth of supplies—rival any $20 dolls sold at gift shops.