Ornaments From the Garden – Santa Okra

A number of years ago, I had purchased some okra, dried it, and painted santa faces on it. But, it was a bit of a disappointment. I purchased the largest fresh okra I could find, but after drying it, I ended up with a lot of tiny Santas. This past summer I grew okra for the first time. I harvested them before they got large and tough, but a few of them got away from me and were inedible. So I thought I would try the Santa ornaments again. This time they were a success! A few of the Santas are 10″ long.

Okra in the garden

Drying the Okra

Santa Okra


Shared at: Homestead Barn Hop

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  1. says

    The red variety is so pretty. I heard it has to be really hot for okra to grow. We’re in south GA this year so it shouldn’t be a problem. I’ve never grown it before but my mom used to when we were little. We used to pick it when we were little before school in the field. I remember the moldy dew got on my school jeans and I was so grossed out!

  2. Tamara says

    Love the Okra Santas. Do you have step-by-step instructions. I would love to make and share with my family and friends.

    • Susan says

      Hmmm. Well, I just dried the okra by hanging it, and then painted each one with acrylic paint. I added some sand to some white paint to give the beard texture. That’s really about it. Hope they turn out great for you!

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