Butter Lettuce Necklace

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We had a bunch of leftover lettuce leaves from our Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Edamame dinner, and I’ve been doing a lot of cross-stitch lately. So, the kids and I decided to use the leaves and my string to make lettuce necklaces 🙂 This was definitely an impromptu craft idea, which made it all the more entertaining. Round 1: we just strung the lettuce leaves onto the string and made a simple necklace. Round 2: we added beads into the mix and it made for an even more fun project.

Now, this necklace does have a short shelf life. The leaves will wilt as soon as the day after. BUT the coolest thing ever is that you can gently rip or cut off the leaves and you’ll have a whole new, bead necklace that your kids can actually keep.

We have paired this craft with our Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Edamame and hope you do too! Making this craft also provides a great opportunity to share some fun facts about this meal’s featured ingredient:


child preparing bib lettuce



Featured IngredientButterhead lettuce

Corresponding Recipe: Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Edamame

Skills supportedFine motor (stringing, tying), following instructions


  • Leftover lettuce leaves
  • String, yarn, or plastic lacing
  • Lacing needle
  • Scissors
  • Beads (something like these animal beads or these letter beads, with big holes, are perfect for little guys)

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Consider setting up the craft before you start cooking so your kids can get to work right away.

    1. Cut your string long enough that a child can put the necklace on and take it off without having to cut it.*
    2. Thread a needle (you might have to do this part).* Pull the needle through a piece of lettuce at the harder, white part…the core/the butt/the rib – whatever you wanna call it 🙂
    3. Then run the needle through as many beads as you like. You can alternate lettuce leaves and beads, with a pattern or not. Your choice!
    4. Tie up the necklace and wear it!

Note: *For toddlers especially, these tasks may require adult supervision and/or assistance.

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