How to make a candle apple

Apples are in season, and it’s way too tempting a purchase at the farmers market. If you buy more apples than you can eat, don’t let them go to waste. Create these cute little apple candles to give your home a seasonal flair.

Candled apples

Whether you have extra apples you don’t want to waste or just want a seasonal craft to decorate your home, these candle apples should be at the top of your to-do list. They’re easy, fun and fashionable.

What you’ll need:

  • Apple
  • Tea light or votive candle
  • Small knife (like a paring knife)
  • Lemon juice (concentrate is easiest)

Candled apples -- trace candle

Step 1: Find and prep your apple

Whether you use red, green or gold apples, choose a less crisp apple. If you can’t find a softer-fleshed variety (like Fuji), choose apples that have softened with age.

This craft is perfect for leftover apples from your last shopping trip, or you can take the softer ones from the supermarket and save the good ones for people to eat (if your grocery store is game, don’t be afraid to haggle on price!).

Wash the apple (and take the sticker off if there is one). Remove the stem, using a small knife if necessary. Place the candle you plan to use on top (where the stem would’ve been) and use the knife to mark the outer edges.

Candled apple -- cut hole

Tip: Go slowly with a small, sharp knife. If you have an apple corer, use that to help you, but you’ll still probably need the knife to get the right circumference. If it takes you a few passes to get the hole the right depth, take your time. This craft only takes about 20 minutes, even if you have to take three or four passes on this part.

Step 2: Dig a hole

Using the marks you made, carefully use the knife to mark a small, shallow circle through the skin. Go around the circle once more, a little deeper, then score the circle with an X across the center.

Using a spoon, dig out the top (stem part) of the apple (being careful to keep the “circle” as intact as possible). Once you’ve gone as far as you can with the spoon, use the knife to create another circle and score if necessary.

Go as deep as you need for the type of candle you’re using. For a tea light candle, you’ll only need to go about an inch down. For a votive, you can go further, but you may want to leave a bit sticking out at the top. You can keep placing the candle and removing it to see where you are.

Candled apple -- dig a hole

Step 3: Make a candle

Pour enough lemon juice into the hole to fill it and let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes. This will not only keep the exposed fruit from browning as quickly, it will prevent your living candleholder from rotting a bit longer. After you pour the lemon juice out, let the core dry a bit (if desired, stuff a small piece of paper towel in it for a minute or so to absorb the standing liquid).

Candled apples -- add wax

If you’re using a votive, you’ll want to light the candle for a few seconds and pour a few drops of wax into the hole to help it stay. If you’re using a tea light candle, that’s unnecessary. Then just press the candle into the hole firmly.

Apple candle

Final product

Now comes the fun part! Just put your new candles where you want them and strike a match!

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