We’ll bet you’ve never considered making your own beads at home. We’ll bet even further that you’ve never considered making beads from a potato! This fun craft is perfect for a day with the kids. They’ll love using this food in a new and creative way.
For this craft, you will need:
- Raw potatoes
- Potato peeler
- Sharp knife
- Sharp skewer
- Acrylic paint
To make the potato beads:
- First, begin by carefully peeling the raw potatoes and discarding the skins in the garbage.
- Cut off the sides of the potato first, to make cutting the beads easier. Try cutting square shapes from the potato first, about an inch wide. Remember that they’ll shrink slightly later.
- Once you’ve mastered cutting square shapes, experiment with other, more decorative shapes. Make sure that they all have a relatively uniform thickness and width, however.
- When finished cutting the beads, slowly thread them onto the sharp skewer. This will serve as a place for the beads to dry, as well as puncture a hole in them to later be threaded through.
- Place the beads in a warm, dry place. They will take about a week to harden. Make sure that they’re not around any sort of moisture, as they’ll rot instead of shrivel.
- Once dry, paint your potato beads with the acrylic paint. Let dry for another day and use your beads!
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