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.
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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.
To make the ornaments, simply hang the fresh okra until dry. Then use acrylic paint to decorate your Santa. I added cornmeal to white paint for the fur on the hat, and for Santa’s eyebrows, mustache, and beard.
After painting, hang your ornaments to dry. They make lovely gifts, and will be admired on your Christmas tree!
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