March marks the start of the California avocado season. Ninety percent of the nation’s avocado crop is grown in California by approximately 6,000 farmers who nurture their trees by hand from seed to harvest. And while Americans across the nation are delighting in avocado salads and guacamole, I’d like to show you a fun, easy craft idea made from avocado pits.
1. After removing the pit from the avocado flesh, wash and dry it.
2. Peel off the thin brown coating to reveal a light, nutty looking pit. Be careful not to jab into the under-layer.
Tip: If you wait a day, the thin skin layer will start to peel as the pit shrinks a bit from dehydration.
3. Next, straighten a paperclip to use as a carving tool to make a design in the pit. Be sure to use enough pressure to score the top layer of the pit flesh.
4. In about ten minutes, the area where the paperclip dug into the pit will turn orange, revealing your design.
5. Over the next week, the pit will begin to turn brown, but the carved lines remain orange. Wait out the color change process until you’re left with a brown and orange pit. It will look like an ancient artifact – how cool is that!
The finished pit resembles an Easter Egg, so you may consider incorporating it as a holiday decoration since the seasons coincide. Or, you can twist an eye screw into the top to make a nature-inspired necklace for an Earth Day nature craft next month.
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