Root Activity–carrot bracelet

Carrot diversity
Carrot diversity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Make slices of dried root vegetables into beads for necklaces or bracelets!  I have only done this with typical orange carrots, but I would be curious to see how yellow or purple carrots turn out, as well as beets, radishes or turnips.

First, the root vegetables need to be thinly sliced.  This is the only part that may need to be done by an adult.  For this example, I used a fairly young and narrow carrot from the garden.  Feel free to experiment with different circumferences, shapes, and thickness of slices.  Next, use a big, thick, dull-tipped (to avoid accidental painful pokes) sewing needle to string the slices onto some sturdy thread.

Make sure you cut the thread extra long so that you can leave extra space between the beads.  Place the slices in a dark, well-ventilated space, on top of some paper.  Make sure that none of beads are touching each other.

After a couple of weeks, the beads will have shrunk and shriveled up.   The outside edge may turn brown, but the inside section of the carrot should still be a vibrant orange.

I’m curious to try radishes, since their outside edge is red or purple to start with.  Beets would no doubt be quite pretty!

English: Easter egg radishes, just harvested
Easter egg radishes, just harvested (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have you ever tried making a root vegetable necklace?


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