Thursday, October 26, 2006

Sweet Potato Garland

Sweet Potato Garland
by Debbie Two Old Crows
Sweet potato garland is a wonderful accent to primitive or country decor. Stringed sweet potato garland is perfect for hanging on a primitive tree or as garland on a fire place or doorway. I don't suggest putting it outside unless you don't mind the varmints and birds eating it.
Supplies:
  • Sweet potatoes ( you can use regular potatoes)
  • Instant coffee
  • Spices- nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon
  • Cotton string
  • Needle

First make your coffee staining mixture:

3 heaping tablespoons of instant coffee (I have found that the more expensive coffee gives a deeper stain)

1 cup of boiling water

Mix the two and let steep for a few minutes

Stain your piece of cotton string with this mixture by dipping it in and letting it dry ( I would not do a garland more than 6 feet long) dry this completely.

Do not peel the potatoes but just cut into 1 inch cubes.

Mix equal amounts of your spices together in a pie pan.

Soak the cubes of potatoes in the coffee mixture then roll them in the spices covering thoroughly ( I like to roll them all once and then roll again).

Tightly string the cubes together because they will shrink while drying.

You can let these air dry or place in a 150 degree on a cookie sheet. Be sure to keep checking and scrunching them together as they dry to prevent gaps. ( Have found they are impossible to move on the string after drying).

These are a wonderful addition for fall decorating For more great crafting tips and techniques visit us at Two Old Crows (www.2oldcrows.com)

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