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Photo By: Image courtesy of Ashley English

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Photo By: Image courtesy of Ashley English

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Photo By: Image courtesy of Ashley English

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ashley English

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ashley English

How to Make Okra-Stamped Bags, Paper, Art and More

Okra pods can be stamped into a lovely array of motifs and designs and is a fun project for the little ones.

Step 1: Cut the Okra

Begin by cutting off the top of an okra pod. Prep however many pods you'll need to match with the colors you'll be using.

Step 2: Remove Seeds

Using a pointy tip knife, remove the topmost seeds. This helps create a more clearly defined pattern.

Step 3: Dip the Pod Stamp

Squeeze a dab of paint out into a paper plate or bowl. Press the prepped okra pod into the paint and spread it around a bit.

Step 4: Remove Excess Paint

Press the pod onto a piece of scrap paper, to remove excess paint.

Step 5: Start Decorating!

Little ones might need a bit of help to get started. Their creativity will flourish once they grab hold of a pod, though.

Okra Art

Cardboard rounds from frozen pizza are great surfaces for children's okra stamp art.