Hilda and Granny Smith

By Noreen Doll.

A talented young lady of my acquaintance recently sent me a photo of some apple dolls she and her Mom made this summer.

Meet Hilda and Granny Smith.

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Aren’t they delightful?

I love everything about them, from the aprons tied around their lace covered dresses, to the bonnet and scarf they are using to hold their hair in place.

Crafty Journal - Hilda and Granny Smith

One of the fun things about them is the bright red rouge on their cheeks and their red, red lips, which is exactly how I have seen old ladies use make-up!

Crafty Journal - Apple Dolls

These ladies took a couple of weeks to make.

First the apples were peeled and carved, and then soaked in a mug of water with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of salt.

They were hung by their stems for a week, and then smooth black buttons were stuck in place for their eyes.  The eyes sort of wrinkle into the head.

Crafty Journal - Hilda and Granny Smith

After another week the apple dolls can be stuffed and dressed and their other features added.

© Noreen Doll

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  1. These are ADORABLE!!!!.. I remember, years ago, trying my hand at this; not having any directions or tutorials to follow at the time, if I even had a computer at that point… But it didn’t work, and all I got were fruit flies!!! NOT happy! (NOW I can laugh!)… Does the water, lemon juice and salt prevent this? I’d love to try making them again, if that’s the case.

  2. I didn’t make these, but I think the water/lemon juice/salt mix helps keep the apple from turning brown. I’m not sure what to do about fruit flies!


  3. Hi, I faintly remember when granny apple dolls were popular. They were the rage for a while. :) Thanks for the quick trip down memory lane.

  4. I remember making apple dolls in elementary school. They were run to make.


  5. Wow … it’s been years since I’ve seen these type of dolls. It just brought back some memories.

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  6. aww;) so cute! Thanks.

  7. Unlike the above comments, I’d have to say this is an entirely new concept for me. Never heard before. Never seen. Thank you so much for sharing this. Pinning this too.

    Two posts and both being amazing, I cannot afford to miss anything that is shared here. I am your new follower.

  8. This is hilarious! i’ve never seen this before.

    Small Fine Print

  9. Apple dolls are a really great craft! Thanks for sharing with us at TTF.


  10. Hey, Noreen, We used to make these back in the day… Dried apple head dolls. They were fun to make to see how the face would turn out. Thanks for sharing. Linda


  11. Totally new to me. 😀 Very fun and whimsical. p

  12. These are sooooo cute! My kids LOVE apples and I would be afraid they would try to eat the dried apples if I called them Apple Dolls – But I still think that they are amazing!

    Heather May

  13. These are two adorable ladies! I remember apple head dolls from when I was a little girl. They always fascinated me. Thanks for sharing.

  14. So sweet! Thanks for visiting!

  15. These are the cutest dolls. I will be featuring this tonight at my Sizzle into Summer party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks.

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