Let your kids raid the crisper drawer for natural, easy-to-use art supplies.

By Lisa Butterworth
August 24, 2020
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For cool-mom cred, raid the crisper for craft supplies, and encourage your kids to play with their food. Chop and slice fruits and vegetables as directed (see our patterns, below), then brush the cut sides with craft paint—or dip them for a more rustic effect—and press onto paper or fabric. (Slip cardboard underneath or inside for even printing and no bleed-through.) Let budding artists stamp butcher paper or notebooks while you embellish bigger-ticket items like backpacks. These designs put the rad in radicchio.

Enya Todd

Crop Art

Fresh produce can create a smorgasbord of fun patterns. Try one of our slice-and-dice patterns or carve out one of your own.

Carrot (pictured at top left): Chop off the end of one to print cherry-size dots; use a thin brush to paint on pairs of curved lines for the stems.

Lady apple (pictured at top right): Halve this mini variety for a graphic pattern; cut a relief image of a leaf into the cut end of a carrot for leaves.

Lady apple (pictured at top right): Halve this mini variety for a graphic pattern; cut a relief image of a leaf into the cut end of a carrot for leaves.

Radicchio (pictured at bottom right): Trim the leaves close to the stalk end to make rosettes.

Pear (pictured at bottom left): Slice it in two—easy! Cut a carrot lengthwise to get a semicircle for the leaves.

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