Did you play games with potatoes when you were a kid—tossing the hot potato or that one where you and your friends stood in two lines and you had to pass a potato from under one chin to another?
We aren’t going to play those games today. :0)
Yarn, string or fish line
Paper plates (for paint)
Peel potatoes and chop into 1/2-inch pieces. This next step takes quite a bit of time: you want to dry out the potatoes so they will shrink and shrivel. You can do this one of two ways. Use a darning needle and thread the pieces through the middle onto a string of yarn, or place a toothpick in the middle of each piece and place in the oven (on a cookie sheet) for 6 hours at 200 degrees. The end result: you want them to be hard and blackened.
Once pieces have properly dried, they’re ready to paint. Use any color you’d like — turquoise paint actually makes the pieces look similar to real turquoise! Let dry.
Now you’re ready to string your painted pieces. potato pieces and beads on fishing line, yarn or string, for a beautiful necklace. Tie off the end with a knot.
Helpful Hints: Two potatoes yield approximately 20 pieces.