Rethink your radishes and see squash in a new light. Vegetables should not only sit on your plate. These provide low-cost crafting materials for both edible and inedible art projects. Whether old or young, these easy crafts using vegetables will provide hours of artful fun.
Instead of paying for rubber stamps, use potatoes. Cut a potato in half and use a sharp paring knife to trim a reverse of the image desired into the cut portion of the potato. Dip this end into ink or craft paint and apply the “stamp” to painted shirts, books or your walls. Look through craft books or on the Internet for designs for potato stamps. Alternatively, use the frilly leaf tops of carrots or the crowns of broccoli instead of paintbrushes to paint.
Create your own version of a famous potato toy with interchangeable face pieces. Push stick pins through felt cutouts of eyes, a nose and lips and insert the opposite end into a potato, zucchini or turnip. Alternatively, adhere these facial features to the vegetables using glue. Glue a pipe cleaner across the back of the vegetable with the ends extending out the sides for the arms.
At Halloween, carved pumpkins sit grinning outside doorsteps, but the process of cleaning and carving the pumpkin should be avoided by those too young to wield a sharp knife. Rather than carving a jack-o'-lantern, use craft paints or stickers to paint a face on a pumpkin. Choose a silly hat to put atop the gourd for the jack-o'-lantern to wear.
Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Turkeys
Turn a sweet potato into non-edible turkey for Thanksgiving. Use one of the pointed ends of the sweet potato for the beak of the turkey and cut off the opposite end to make it flat. Attach carrot fronds to the flat side of the “turkey” by gluing the bottom of the front into the potato. Attach two sliced olives for eyes to the front of the turkey with glue, and make the waddle of the turkey from a slice of red bell pepper, glued to the underside of the “beak.”