One of my favorite blogs ever is Pintester, where the intrepid Pintester (Sonja Foust) tries out various pins from Pinterest. She is hilarious! I found out that she is looking to start a movement to get as many people as she can to try a pin they've been meaning to try and link them all together on her blog. Honestly, it sounds like she might be leaving for vacation (totally allowed, BTW) and is looking to make sure she's got some interesting posts for a while...
But I digress. As luck would have it, I have a Pinterest board called "Gotta Try This," so I thought Sonja's idea was a perfect way for me to actually try one of those pins (confession: in the 3 years I've had a Pinterest account, not once have I actually attempted one of the "Gotta Try This" pins). I also have a board called "Cool Ideas I Will Never Do," but all of those things are way more complicated, and, frankly, I didn't want to come off as being a liar.
Of course, even though I've had a week to think about it, I only started working on this the day before we are all supposed to post, so I had to choose a pin that didn't require extra shopping. Since I'm not crafty at all, that posed quite a restriction. You will be pleased to know that I had, in fact, all the necessary items to attempt this:
The original post was from Thrifty Decor Chick, but the picture didn't link to any sort of instructions. So, not wanting to go in blind, I googled "apple candles" and found instructions here.
It didn't seem too hard. I just happened to have 3 apples left in the house, and three votives (I have a ton of votives, because you can't just buy, say 3 or 4; they always seem to come in these huge packs of 50, which lasts me approximately 10 years -- more, because we're still counting - and I still have 20 left from my pack).
Sorry, more digressing. Anywho, so I gathered my supplies:
I would advise using bigger apples, because these didn't have a lot of room around the top once the holes were cut for the candles, but these were literally the last three apples in the house, so I did not have much of a choice. None at all, truth be told.
After I cut around the guide marks a little deeper, I cut across the top, making an X to make it easier to pry the pieces out from the top.
Then, you cut away more of the insides so that the votive will fit into the apple. I think the instructions said you should use a spoon to scrape out the insides, which might have worked better, but that would have entailed messing up another utensil and the kids were going to be home from school soon, so I couldn't be bothered with grabbing another thing when I had a perfectly good knife in my hand.
Here's the finished product. I know, it's a little lopsided, but if you turn your head the opposite way, it looks great, so just go with that.
Original pin: Nailed it (to use Pintester's vernacular):
Conclusion: Although it was relatively easy to do, frankly, I thought it was a waste of some tasty apples.
One final note: you might want to use an apple that doesn't turn brown very quickly, because, about 5 minutes after I took the final picture, you could see a ring of brown starting to form around the holes where the candles were. Maybe you could rub lemon juice on the inside. Or do a better job of cutting than I did...