The other day I saw a gorgeous friend of mine Jason make an Apple Swan and INSTANTLY I thought, “I can go on NO LONGER through life without having made one!”
Don’t ask me why it seemed so important to me, (Ha ha ha) but it looked so darn adorable and I just could not help myself!!) I just ADORE novelty food and this was just right up my alley!!!
So I found out how to do it by watching a Youtube clip over and over and over again – but it was a bit annoying, as I had to keep stopping it and pausing it and rewinding it again, so I thought if anyone else would like to try it, that I would do a step by step photo instructional so anyone can do it quite quickly without all the fuss I went through! It was way easier than I thought it would be!! Definitely not an activity for the kids to do, an adult NEEDS to do the cutting and they need to be very careful as it takes a little coordination – of which I have little! 😉
When I showed my 4-year-old (my other 2 children were not there – one was at school and one was asleep), I could not believe how much something so simple made him laugh, smile and giggle so much! Gosh his little, blue eyes twinkled with excitement and wonder….it was such a beautiful thing!
So here is an easy instructional post so you can make this for your little ones too if you are interested, it could be a real lunch box talking point for the kids tomorrow!! 😉
He loved it soooooo much!!!
Take a pretty apple and give it a good wash to get off any nasties.
Cut it in half on a slight angle, ensuring you cut right through the centre of the apple so that you can retrieve two full apple seeds. We need two apple seeds to use for eyes later on.
Put aside the half with the stem at the top of the apple still attached for later, as we will be working with the section with the bottom part of the apple to begin with. Firstly though, spritz or dunk all of the cut parts of apple in lemon juice to avoid it browning. Remember to apply lemon juice to every cut section of the apple as you go through this whole process too.
Keep aside two nice looking apple seeds that will be our swan’s eyes later on.
Get out two butter knives that we will use as our makeshift “spacers” so we can get our cuts fairly even, and place them at each end of our apple as shown.
Make a cut down the centre from the top of the apple to the bottom a little to the side of the centre on each side just until your knife hits the butter knifes. DO NOT CUT ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM!
Then go in from the side at the same level as your butter knives until you meet the vertical cut. Give it a wiggle to remove the wedge out and repeat this same step on the other side of the apple.
You should then have an apple with one tall red line going down the middle and two cut sides, so if you look from the front it kind of looks like an upside down T.
Using the butter knives as spacers cut into the apple the same way as when we removed the wedges for wings. Go in from the side, but not all the way through, then turn it over and cut down to meet your other cut. Then remove your new wedge and then cut the same way. For the last tiny cut, I used the knives as a guide and cut a line along so I knew where to cut but didn’t leave the knives there and cut it without them as it was a little fiddly. See the picture below to see what it will look like.
You should have two apple wedges that you have cut in to 3 smaller wedges (declining in size) using your butter knife as the spacers so that they look like this.
Then put the largest wedge on to the side of our cut apple but push it back a little way so that it looks like this.
Then do the same with the next biggest wedge you have cut.
Then add the last tiny wedge.
Then cut a small rectangle out of the top of the apple at the front where we will put our swan’s neck in to stand up.
Then find your other half of the apple that we put aside earlier and using the butter knives as spacers again, cut them in to three even slices across so that you have three rounded love heart-shaped slices.
Take the middle-sized piece that looks like a love heart with a flat bottom.
Then, using your knife, look at where you can make a cut so that you can get a nice shaped head and beak using the natural line of the apple. Do you see the shape of the head there above the blade of the knife?
Then make a cut, but do not cut all the way across.
Then cut down to make the neck line…..
So that it looks like this.
Then cut down to make a straight back of the neck.
It should now look like this.
Then using your knife, round the back of the neck nicely to look like this.
Then place an apple seed on to the place where it looks like an eye should go.
Squash the apple seed down in to the apple using the side of your knife. Then repeat this on the other side of the face with the other apple seed.
Then put the bottom part of the neck in to the small rectangle space you cut in to the top of your swan earlier and voila!!
My angel just couldn’t stop smiling when he saw it all come together! As soon as we placed the head in place he got all excited!!
Touching it ever so gently! xx
“Ha ha ha! I made his head fall off! Oh no!! Hee hee hee!”
“I am putting it on backwards to make him look funny!”
Trying to reattach the head to face the same way takes some serious concentration. Shortly after this, he ate the whole apple, smiling the whole time as he ate each uniquely shaped piece of apple.
Afterwards he wanted to draw the “instructions” on how to make Apple Swans, so that we remember how to make them again! So cute! He also then asked if we could make a Tomato Swan, which I promptly explained would not work the same way as they are too squashy, however I vowed that we would make more fun fruit again very soon. xx
So cheap, so fun and so easy – please post photos to The Grateful Mummy Facebook page if you try it or any other fruit shapes, I would love to see them and our friends will too!!
Have a beautiful, love filled day my beautiful friends.