Plucked from the gardens of our Earth Day store windows, this how-to begins with a beet, but can be used to craft a variety of other root vegetables, too—no seeds, soil or sunshine required.
-14 gauge wire
-Watercolor paints (shades of green)
-Acrylic paints (beet red tones)
-Hot glue gun
-Crumple newsprint to form a beet shape, and cover in masking tape. (Don’t forget the little root!)
-Draw six 9” long leaf shapes on drawing paper. Cut out each.
-Paint both sides of leaves with green watercolors and let them dry.
-To make stems, cut six 7” pieces of wire and wrap each in masking tape.
-Hot glue a stem to one side of each leaf and paint green with a touch of beet red at the bottom.
-With the craft knife, cut a small X into the top of the beet and use a pencil to form it into a hole. Dab hot glue inside the hole and insert the bottoms of all six stems.
-Paint the beet red.
-Modify the shape, colors and leaves to create radishes and carrots, too!