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March 12, 2017

LET'S MAKE REAL CARROT STICKS

I realized my house was without carrot sticks.  After all, what's a home without carrot sticks?  So, I set out to make some.  And, these are real carrot sticks, as in, they're made out of sticks!
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©Linda Nelson 2017
Perhaps you'd like to make some, too.  Here's what you'll need -
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©Linda Nelson 2017

  • pruners or small handsaw
  • sticks (preferably weathered and easy to carve)
  • pocket knife (mine has a slightly serrated blade)
  • an awl (optional)
  • a skewer (optional)
  • green jute twine
  • sandpaper
  • acrylic paint
  • glue
Begin by trimming irregular/uneven edges from each end of your stick with pruners or a saw.  Using the pocket knife, whittle away the narrower end of the stick to develop the pointed end of the carrot. Whittle/carve off the shoulder end of the carrot just enough to get a slightly rounded edge.  Finish off the shaping task with sandpaper.  Grab the knife(again) and lightly slice into various spots on the carrot's surface perpendicular to its length.

  • (optional) Using the awl, make a hole in the shoulder end of the carrot just deep enough to secure the pointed end of a skewer into.  This will make for the convenience of holding onto the skewer while painting the carrot)
Grab your paint and slap it on!  Now, cut a 4" length or two of jute and knot them together in the center.  Lightly coat the jute with an alternate shade of green; this will give your carrot stem a more realistic look and stiffen it up a bit.  When dry, glue it to your carrot.  If necessary, trim the ends.

Voila!  You've just made a real carrot stick.
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©Linda Nelson 2017

Now, go put yours on display!
linda nelson at the createaerie
©Linda Nelson 2017
linda nelson at thecreateaerie
©Linda Nelson 2017

18 comments:

  1. Someone could break a tooth, they look so real :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. LOL. Thanks for visiting , Amalia. Happy Spring! :)

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  2. I admit I thought they were real! Love this idea and will be pinning it. Thanks.

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    1. Yes, they do look edible :D Thanks for stopping by and for pinning :)

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    1. When the idea popped into my head, I just couldn't resist :)

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  4. Linda, These are fabulous! Love how they turned out. Thanks so much for sharing at Brag About It this week! Pinned.

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    1. Thank you, Laurie. Thanks for hosting. Lot's of great stuff!

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  5. Bellissimo lavoro Linda!! Amo i materiali che hai usato, il risultato è sorprendente e perfetto!
    Annarita

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    1. Grazie, Annarita Sono contento che ti piace loro. :)

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  6. They really do look real!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. Thank you, Cindy! I enjoyed the party very much. Lots of fabulous shares!

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  7. Love these. Such a creative craft. I love there is whittling involved. Stopping by from Brag About It. Please be sure to share these with us at the Merry Monday party too. Here is the link: http://intelligentdomestications.com/2017/03/merry-monday-146.html

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Shirley. It's always nice to learn where creative parties are happening! I look forward to joining in on the fun! :)

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  8. These are amazing! I have a thing for seasonal banners and I think I would loop a few together and hang them about my home. Gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, Kim. I love your idea of looping some together. Happy Spring!

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  9. Oh my gosh these look so real! I applaud your carving skills, something I sorely lack! Just in time for Easter. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

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    1. Thank you, Kathleen. The carving is a lot easier than you think. You're basically just sloughing off(aiming the knife away from you!)the surface of the wood; sandpaper does the rest. Hurray! My carrots are a hit! Thank you so much for hosting!

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