Fall is the harvest time for apples in our region. We go apple picking, we buy them at our local farm stands, and more often then not, we load up on them from the grocery store because they are offered in abundance. Not to mention, usually on sale.
They’re sold in huge bags, so you end up having a boat load.
And let’s face it, when you have too much of something, human nature is to somehow find it all a bit boring, right?
Here are some festive fall ideas to use up those apples, while being interesting enough to entice everyone to want to keep eating them up until they are gone. There’s also a few ideas for using up the less edible ones before they go bad. Or maybe the super tart, but great smelling ones from that apple tree in the yard.
Hang them on the wall
You can display them on the wall by using a hanging wall basket, a basket wreath, or a diy shelf wreath like this one. Attach a tag or small sign that says, “Fresh picked just for you,” or something catchy like that to suggest they are ready for the eating.
Use them in your table setting
Use them in a center piece like this apple and eucalyptus design from Julie Blanner. This is just a teaser photo of her center piece, you have to see the rest!
It’s stunning, light and beautifully fall. She also shares a clever idea for a table cloth, which I can’t wait to try in my home for our next party.
To take this a little further, another easy idea would be to place an apple at each place setting on your fall or Thanksgiving table.
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Write on your apples!
Yes, write on them with an edible marker.
Add fall inspirations, party questions, movie trivia… Get as creative as you want, but these apples with writing on them won’t go unnoticed, I can guarantee
Having a dinner party? Write each party guest’s name on an apple, and use that at each place setting.
There are several types of edible markers, I used this kind. And yes, you can eat the apple with the writing still on it, or you can easily wipe off the writing with a damp paper towel.
Have an apple bar at your next fall party
Have an apple party bar, with all the apple fixin’s. You can do this big for a bonfire, or small for the family as to entice them to eat more apples.
Last year we made this “Ready to Slice” printable with plywood and a hook for hanging the slicers. We through a bonfire and set an apple bar up. The kids had so much fun making their own apple concoctions.
If you’re not up for making this as a crate, the same idea could be made into a sign and propped or hung near a big basket of apples. Find the free “Ready to Slice” printable, here.
Ps: One of my favorite ingredients from our apple bar was the salted caramel sauce. It’s salty and sweet, all in one. Perfect with apples.
Floating apples and candles
A floating apple and votive candle combo from Sugar Pie Farmhouse. How pretty is this? And what a clever way to use up those apples from your apple tree that are too tart to eat. Or those apples that have seen better days.
DIY apple candles from Little Green Notebook. I’ve seen this idea for years now, and still love it. Perhaps not so edible after this, but the apples could always be added to a potpourri afterwards. Head on over to the tutorial to see how to make these.
And, yet another way to use up apples that might otherwise go to waste. Bonus.
Apple recipes to try
If you also really love to cook, bake or find crafty ways to eat them, check out these 15 creative apple recipes from Designer Sweet Spot.
We’re talking smoothies, grilled cheese, quesadillas, no churn ice cream, and more. Some recipe ideas I’ve never seen before. (I’m so hungry now!)
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There’s a lot of fun to be had with apples, isn’t there? Do you have a favorite? I really want to try to make apple candles this year, mostly because I’m imagining how great they must smell.
Hope you’re having a great weekend ~ Amy