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:
- Butterhead lettuce is known for its tender and smooth leaves which can be used in salads or to wrap other foods.
- Bibb, Boston and Butter lettuce are all different varieties of Butterhead lettuces.
- Butterhead lettuce is full of water and very low in calories. It’s known for its sweet, mild and succulent flavor.
- This vegetable is very high in Vitamin A, which helps protect against infections and keeps our eyes and skin healthy.
Featured Ingredient: Butterhead lettuce
Corresponding Recipe: Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Edamame
Skills supported: Fine motor (stringing, tying), following instructions
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Consider setting up the craft before you start cooking so your kids can get to work right away.
- Cut your string long enough that a child can put the necklace on and take it off without having to cut it.*
- 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 🙂
- 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!
- Tie up the necklace and wear it!
Note: *For toddlers especially, these tasks may require adult supervision and/or assistance.