Unique accessories, such as jewelry, make an outfit memorable. Faux flowers have always been popular as embellishments on blouses and dresses or reproduced in jewelry. Fruits and veggies aren't found quite as often as flowers in jewelry, but that doesn't mean they can't be as eye-catching. Because fruits and vegetables are different, they command more attention. Make an inexpensive necklace using rounds slices of dried real fruit and veggies and plastic beads.
Dry the Fruits and Veggies
Wash and peel the vegetables. Some suggested items for the fruit and veggie necklace are apples, carrots, parsnips, beets and kumquats.
Slice carrots, parsnips and beets into 1/4-inch, coin-shaped slices. The slices don't have to be the same diameter but should be the same thickness.
Slice small apples into 1/4-inch slices by standing the apple on its side. The slices should be circular.
Dip the apples into a mixture of 1 cup lemon juice and 1 tsp. salt. The acid in the juice prevents the apple from turning brown. The juice does not have to be dried off the slice.
Pierce the middle of each fruit or veggie slice with a wooden skewer.
Pierce kumquats with the skewer, alternating lengthwise with across. Don't remove the skewer during the drying process. Kumquats are oval shaped, and the alternated skewer holes and will give you two ways to thread the dried kumquats on the necklace.
Turn the oven to its lowest setting, or 200 degrees F. When the oven reaches that setting, turn it down to warm.
Place the fruit and veggie slices on cookie racks or cake racks, not on cookie sheets or cake pans. Racks allow the air to circulate better than solid pans. Place the racks in the oven.
Keep the slices in the oven on the warm setting until completely dry and hard. This may take from one to two days.
Assemble the Necklace
Cut a piece of fishing line the desired length of the necklace, plus 2 inches.
Thread fruit slices onto the line so the outside edges of the fruit and veggies are visible rather than the entire fruit slice. Think of a stack of coins. Place a plastic bead between each slice. Or, vary the look by threading four or five slices, then a bead, four or five slices and a bead and so forth.
Tie the ends of the necklace together when the desired length is reached.