Here’s a little craftiness for you this Friday…using okra! Yes…okra! When you cut off the head of the okra there is such a charming and unique shape to be found inside the rough, elongated exterior that makes for an adorable stamp. So if your garden is producing way too much okra that you just can’t eat it fast enough or if you let a few okra stay on the plant one day too long and they grow ginormous and too tough to eat…then why not cut some up and get crafty with them…and make some adorable notecards, gift tags or bookmarks with some okra stamps.
The girls and I had fun yesterday experimenting with this okra stamping idea. Here’s what we did…
We gathered some kraft paper, some plain white notecards, and some kraft gift tags…as well as some ink pads of various colors. We ended up only using the red, white and green for our projects, but any colors would work. I especially liked how the white ink looked on the craft paper. You can also use paint instead of stamp pads….whatever you have on hand.
Next we cut the okra. We cut them just below the ridge of the head. Make sure to cut it as straight as possible so your stamp will be level…giving you an even surface to stamp with. I found that you can use either end of the piece of the okra to stamp with; however, I tended to use the head end more because there were no seeds in that part and it just made for a more open design. However Brown-Brown liked using the long end because it had more of a handle to hold onto…just make sure if you are using the long end of the okra that there aren’t seeds blocking the holes, as you want open spaces to create each unique design.
Then you just blot the cut edge of the okra in the ink pad and do some trial stamps on a scrap piece of paper to experiment with how much ink you need, how hard to press down, etc. I would suggest using one piece of okra per stamp pad color so that you don’t mix the inks. One other tip to pass along…make sure to stamp on a firm surface and with even pressure. Once you get the hang of it you can start stamping your various papers and creating some adorable paper products.
Don’t feel like you have to do anything too planned with this…just have fun with it. The less structure I had with some of my designs the better they turned out. Consider having some stamps fall off the edge or maybe have some overlap each other. Choose a single color or mix colors or highlight one image in a different color in the midst of all the others. Let loose with this and get creative! It’s a fun and easy activity for kids and adults of all ages. We were quite pleased with how great our projects turned out!
I buy packs of solid white folded notecards and envelopes, as well as the pre-made kraft gift tags at my local craft store…they are good crafting staples to have on hand. To make the bookmark, I simply cut strips of 8.5” x 11” kraft paper into 2” strips and then after stamping them, I punched a hole in the top and looped some twine through to make a cute bookmark!
Enjoy getting crafty with your okra this next week! I think you’ll be surprised at how fun it is and the endless possibilities of creativity you can come up with using this adorable little stamp found inside an okra. Isn’t Creation full of little treasures!