Crafting with Paper, Paint, and Celery.
Do you ever buy a bunch of celery for a pot of soup, use two or three stalks and then forget it’s in your crisper? I do this all the time, and by the time I find the celery it’s often a bit too wilted to eat. The next time this happens to you, don’t just throw it in the compost bin — grab your kids and teach them how to use celery to make some art! This is a fun and easy craft to do with kids.
- A bunch of celery
- Paper to paint on
- Poster paint
- Rubber bands
- Paint brushes (not pictured)
- A flat surface to hold paint — I used a plastic kid’s plate because that’s what I had, but a lid from your recycling bin would work even better.
To start, wrap some rubber bands tightly around the top of the celery. Wrap a few more about half way down the bunch. Trim the top off the celery so that the ends are flush. Then, cut the celery straight across just below the rubber bands in the middle as in the photo above.
When you pick up the bunches of celery, you’ll see that their cross sections look a bit like roses. Pretty!
Place some paint on the plate or plastic lid and spread it around a bit.
Stamp the paint onto the paper.
Paint as many “flowers” onto the paper as you like. You can dip the different ends of the celery bunches in different color paint. They will also be slightly different sizes and shapes.
Wendy Copley writes about cooking, crafts, parenting and her obsession with lunch boxes at Wendolonia.