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Katie's Krops: Making an Angel...from Okra!

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The ever-creative Katie finds a fun use for dried okra pods: to make angels as Christmas gifts.

An okra flower stands ready for 'angel' duty.
Dried okra pods are the beginnings of many crafts.

I am a little bit Yankee and a little bit "y'all." I was born in the Northeast and moved to the South. Southern folks love sweet tea, front porches, boiled peanuts--and okra. Honestly, I had never heard of okra, never tried it, and never witnessed the beauty of an okra plant until I moved to the South.

Now okra is a staple in our spring gardens and one of my favorite vegetables to grow. I don't grow okra only to donate to families in need. I grow okra to create angels.

An angel's face fits on its head, a wooden ball.

A dried okra pod is a crafter's dream--the pod can create some wonderful items. I am partial to creating okra angels. The process is a lot of fun.

Gather these supplies:
Okra pods
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Spanish moss
Pipe cleaners
Wooden balls
Wired ribbons
Lace for collar
Sharpies (fine point) for eyelashes
Red pen or crayon for the mouth
Spray paint (gold or silver works well)

Spanish moss becomes 'hair' when glued on a ball.

Follow these steps:

  • Cut the stem from the pod with a serrated knife. (Have an adult do this, please!)
  • Spray the pod with your choice of color and let dry.
  • Draw on eyelashes with a Sharpie, and an oval mouth with a red pen or crayon.
  • Using a glue gun, attach some of the Spanish moss to the top of the wooden ball for the hair. I gave most of the angels "haircuts" so they looked better.
Katie holding finished angels.
  • When the paint on the pod is dry, glue on the completed head.
  • Attach a piece of lace around the "neck" using the glue gun so the gap doesn't show.
  • Make a halo. Form a pipe cleaner into a circle and glue or twist it together. Glue it in place on the back of the "neck" so it is positioned correctly on the head.
  • Make a bow with three loops on each side and secure it in the middle with a piece of pipe cleaner. Glue the bow to the back of the pod with the glue gun.
  • Make a hanger loop from fine cord or ribbon and glue the ends. Place it thru the halo and glue it in place.
  • Hang your okra angel and admire your handiwork. I think they make fantastic presents!