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Caramel Apple Craft (Dollar Store DIY)

One of the best things about Fall and Halloween is caramel apples! These sweet treats are found at apple orchards, county fairs, Halloween parties and other fun gatherings.

Whether you want to decorate a caramel apple decorating station or want to add sweet decor to your home or a tiered tray, these easy caramel apple crafts using dollar store supplies are perfect!

A hand holding a Candy Apple Craft popsicle stick with a pumpkin on it.

Helpful Tips

  • Be sure to use a heavier craft glue like Aleene’s Tacky Glue or the UltraBond Adhesive I used. You don’t want to use a thin glue such as Elmer’s.
  • Instead of jute twine, you could use a cute gingham ribbon for the bow.
  • If using a hot glue gun with this project, a low temperature setting works best.
  • You may want to use an old paintbrush that you can discard afterwards because the glue will be thick and could stick to the bristles.
  • Add a magnet to the back to make a cute refrigerator door decoration.

How to Make Caramel Apple Decorations

We purchased all materials at the Dollar Tree other than the paint. However, Dollar Tree does sell acrylic craft paint that you could get there, too.


A Candy Apple Craft kit with a glue gun and scissors.


Step 1

Carefully cut the leaf and stem from the wooden apple cutouts.

Use can use scissors for this as the cut outs are thin. Or you could use a craft knife.

Candy Apple Craft Step 1 A pair of scissors next to two wooden apple ornaments.

Step 2

Paint two wooden apple cutouts with red acrylic craft paint.

Candy Apple Craft Step 2 A red apple with a paint brush next to it.

Let dry, and apply a second coat, if needed.

Step 3

Paint two wooden apple cutouts with bright green acrylic craft paint.

Candy Apple Craft Step 3 Two green apple ornaments and a paint brush on a wooden table.

Let dry, and apply a second coat, if needed.

Step 4

Place a generous dollop (about the size of a quarter) of the light brown acrylic craft paint and the liquid craft glue on a paper plate. Using an old paintbrush or a toothpick, mix the paint and glue together until thoroughly combined.

Candy Apple Craft Step 4 A bottle of paint and a white plate next to it.

Step 5

Apply a heavy layer of the paint and glue mixture to the bottom half of the apple with an old paintbrush. Be sure to add in some wavy lines at the top to mimic the uneven dipping of caramel on an apple.

Candy Apple Craft Step 5 A paint brush, paint, and a paint brush on a table.
Candy Apple Craft Step 6 A plate with paint and paintbrushes on it.

It is okay to leave the paint thick and with lots of texture. It is supposed to look like ooey gooey melted caramel!

Let dry completely.

Step 6

Flip over the apples and glue a craft stick to the top center of the caramel apple.

Candy Apple Craft Step 7 Three apple pops with a glue gun next to them.

You can use either hot glue or craft glue for this step.

Step 7

Candy Apple Craft Step 8A pair of scissors and a ball of jute on a wooden table.

Tie thin jute twine into small bows. Trim the long ends.

Glue one bow to each of the caramel apples where the craft stick and the wooden apple cut out meet.

Candy Apple Craft Step 8B Two popsicle sticks with a glue gun next to them.

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DIY Caramel Apple Craft.

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You’ll love our other easy Dollar Tree DIYs for Fall, too! And be sure to look at more of our Fall crafts and Halloween crafts to find other ideas!