- 1 cup undiluted
- 2 tsp salt
- 3-5 large firm red
- clear acrylic
- 3 yrds forest
green twisted paper ribbon untwisted (or favorite color)
- 12 inch diameter
- glue gun
- floral wire
- small bowl or cake
- sharp knife,
- cake rack or
Pour lemon juice in bowl,
add salt and stir until dissolved.
Slice apples horizontally
into thick 1/4 inch slices. Each apple should yield 3-4 slices with the
star design created by the sliced core
Select the best 12
slices. Soak them in lemon juice for 5 minutes, make sure both sides get
Remove slices from bowl
and place single layer on paper towel, pat with more paper towels to
absorb the moisture.
Place slices in cake rack
in a 120oF to 170oF oven for 6 hours. Shift apples slightly during
baking so they won't stick to the pan.
Remove and cool, lay
dried slices on newspaper. Spray with 2 coats clear acrylic coating,
letting them dry between coats. Turn over and repeat.
Cut 2 yards from ribbon
and wind it evenly around straw wreath. Glue ends with the glue gun.
Make a 2 loop bow with
remaining ribbon, trim and cut notches in the ends.
Glue bow to center bottom
of the wreath then, glue apple slices evenly around wreath slightly
overlapping the edges,
Attach a loop of floral
wire to the back of wreath at the top.