Fresh Apple Tea Lights – An apple candle holder tutorial
Ah, Halloween is over, and I sure enjoyed all of the spooky and festive posts. I’m not ready to let go of the fall theme just quite yet though! These fresh apple tea lights are such a gorgeous idea to decorate a fall or thanksgiving table. And they are so simple to make!
Really all you need are a few fresh apples and a few tea lights. I used green apples (Granny Smith), but you could just as easily use red. The firmer the apple the better, or you might have trouble cutting out the middle. Just try to find a few that are similar shapes and sizes.
Place the tea light upside down on the top of the apple and trace the circle with a pen. This doesn’t necessarily have to be centered over the stem. Try to mark out the circle so that when the apple sits naturally on a flat surface that the candle will be centered at the top.
You can kind of see in the photo below how the stem on my apple is slightly off to the side of the circle so that the tea light would sit in the proper position:
Use a sharp knife to cut around the circle. I’m no expert, but I found it easier to start by making a shallow cut first (about 1/4″), and then I went deeper and at an angle and kind of pried off the top.
Not exactly perfection or anything , but no one is going to see the inside of the apple. The edge of the circle cut is really all that matters.
Use a spoon to scrape out the apple, going deep enough to fit the tea light inside:
This next part is important! Brush some lemon juice on the apple to help prevent it from going brown. I brushed a very generous amount of lemon juice on all exposed apple flesh (especially the edges), and my apple candles lasted exactly one week on my kitchen table before I threw them away.
Slide in the tea light:
And voila! You have a fresh apple candle holder made with tea lights!
These are so pretty and so festive for any fall party, especially Thanksgiving! As for the smell? Don’t get your hopes up… there isn’t really anything in here to bring about a strong smell. So if you want fresh apple candles that actually smell like apple, I’m afraid you’ll have to buy apple scented tea lights.
These would look so pretty as a centerpiece, or just as table decorations. You could even put one at each place setting. Apparently they even float! (…although I’m not sure I’d trust that the apples wouldn’t just flip over the wrong way in the water… I’d have to test it.) Imagine how pretty a bunch of these floating in a beautiful bowl of water would look?
Okay, I am new to this, and I thought this was a pretty cute idea, but people have really thought of everything!! Apparently you can actually buy an Apple Candle Carver that automatically carves out the perfect size of apple flesh to fit your tea light into! I can’t believe that actually exists! Call, me old fashioned, but I really didn’t mind carving out the apple myself. But I suppose if I ever had to make 50 of them I might be more inclined to get the apple tea light holder carving gadget!
This are beautiful! What a perfect addition to any Fall table! Thanks for the tutorial!! Pinned 😉
– Brenda, ChattingOverChocolate.com
Thanks Brenda! I definitely recommend giving them a try sometime! 🙂
this is just PERFECT and so simple! I bet it smells wonderful too! I invite you to link up this project in our link party. We are hosting for the first time and love to get to know new “blog friends” Hope to see you there! http://www.thefamilyfunspot.com/2013/11/bloggers-unidas-1.html
Okay Debbie, this is a GENIUS idea. Seriously, how perfect is this for fall. I adore it so much. I actually have green apples in my fridge now and I want to make some asap. Thanks so much for sharing and for linking up to Thrifty Thursday.
Thanks Ruth! I love how simple it is! I definitely enjoyed having it on my table. Besides, the pumpkins in my mini pumpkin centerpiece had seen better days so it was time for something different. All these temporary table decorations. I need to find something that lasts longer. 🙂
These are wonderful! I bet they even smell good as well.
Thanks for joining us at the Foodies and Crafties soiree! What a gorgeous (and inexpensive!) way to decorate for Thanksgiving.
How cute! I LOVE this 🙂
Love the simple beauty of the green apples down the center of the table.
Thanks Donna! Me too… I’m all about simplicity! (Mostly because if you told me to make a complicated center piece I would have no idea where to start…) 🙂
This is such a simple, yet elegant way to give some ambiance to a table! Pinning!
I think this is a great idea, very simple, easy for older kids to do and very nice for a autumn table setting. I might try it with the very small pumpkins for Thanksgiving. thanks, sharon
That would be a great idea to try it with small pumpkins! I’m curious if they are really difficult to cut into? I bet they would look beautiful though!
Great tip about the lemon juice. I’ve seen these before and have been wanting to make some and I would never have thought to brush them with lemon. Thanks!
You are very welcome! I’m so glad it helped!
Love this…your photos are just lovely too! Thank you for linking up with Twirl & Take a Bow! xo
So beautiful! I love the detailed tutorial. Thanks for linking up to Tickled Pink Times Two.
Make it a pink day 🙂
I love sing fruits and veggies in decor. These are gorgeous…and you cannot beat mother nature gorgeous green! Pretty!
Hi! Just wanted to let you know that your post is featured on the weekend re-Treat link party this week. Thanks for linking up and hope to see you again tonight at 7PM EST.
I love this idea Debbie! What a great, easy decorating idea!
Neat idea! And easy to do. Pinned it to 3 of my boards. Visiting from Weekend re-Treat Linky Party!
This is a great idea! Your apple candles will be featured today at my blog and Jo-Anna’s blog from A Pretty Life. We are pinning this as well to our party’s board!
I just saw apples on sale this morning at Whole Paycheck. I am going to make a few for my Thanksgiving this week!
Thanks for linking to Our Sunday Best last week.
Have a great weekend,
Hi Debbie! I will be featuring your candles on Tell Me Tuesday! Such a gorgeous idea! Thanks for sharing!
It always upsets me when people waste food like this. Speaking for the starving masses, because I know what is like to be hungry, shame on you. It would have been better if you had donated the apples to a homeless shelter.
Hi, This is a fun thing to do for a party. I’m with you, who need an apple carver
thingy when you can make the hole so easy with a knife 🙂 Perhaps to get them
float in water I would cut them flat bottom so they couldn’t turn over,just a thought.
Happy Crafting 2016!