Create a Potato Necklace

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)

Super Simple with Terri OI have a necklace project that is simple for you to help your child make. It’s also perfect for a young Girl Scout Troop to create.

Potato Necklace

Materials Needed:

2 potatoes
Yarn, string or fish line
Acrylic paint
Paper plates (for paint)
Darning needle

Step 1:

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.

Step 2:

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.

Step 3:

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.


Super Simple Foil Dinners

I love the ease of foil dinners when I am camping with my family!

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Hamburger patty

An onion slice—I like purple or Vidalias

Potato slices

Carrots—sliced or quartered

Your favorite seasonings—I used garlic, sea salt and pepper

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Either double wrap the meal in foil or use heavy duty foil.

Cook foil dinners in the coals of your fire pit.

(Protect the forest! Please always remember to have a bucket of water near your fire pit.)


Tip: You can even make these at home for a meal with simple clean-up. Oven at 400 degrees, cook for about 50 minutes. If you don’t want to heat up your kitchen, place on your pre-heated outside grill—time varies with temperature.

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