A couple of weeks ago I received a delivery of avocados from Avocados from Mexico, and I was challenged to come up with an idea on how to use those avocados in a creative way.

I have to say I almost didn’t accept this challenge, it took me a good week of contemplating and dreaming about avocados before I could come up with an idea, but I hate to not accept a challenge, I like being able to push myself and my creativity. 

And, so I bring you:

Make jewelry using wood beads stained with avocado skins.
I had seen so many natural dye’s over the Easter period for coloring eggs, so I thought, well why not try to color beads and make a necklace.

This was actually a fairly simple process.

Step 1:

Remove the skin and pits from 3 avocados and wash them.

avocado dye
Step 2:

Place the skins and pits in a large pot, cover them with water and bring them to the boil.  Add about a tablespoon of vinegar and boil the avocado skins and pits for about 45 minutes, or until you can see that the water is a rich, dark color.

Step 3:

Turn the stove off and add the beads to the pot. Leave them for at least 24 hours. The longer you leave them, the darker the color will become.

This was the color I achieved after 24 hours. I love the natural wood stain it achieved.

natural wood stain
Step 4:

Rinse the beads in a colander and place them outside on a tray for about 24 hours to dry thoroughly. Once dry, spray them with an acrylic finish.

I used green cord and a button that I already had in my craft supplies to make the necklace, and with a little cord left over I decided to make a matching bracelet too.

Use some Fray Check on the ends of the cord where you’ve cut it to make sure the ends don’t fray.

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10 comments

Cynthia April 3, 2013 - 6:06 pm

Sadly, I’m not very creative. But I am inspired now by your post! I love the color you achieved! It’ll be more than just guacamole now!

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leah April 5, 2013 - 9:29 am

I’ve used avocado pits as massagers before. I also remember making a face scrub once 😛

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Anne April 5, 2013 - 12:11 pm

The creative ways I’ve used avocados always involve eating them! The most unusual dish I made with an avocado is probably chocolate pudding.

I did grow a nice plant from an avocado pit once!

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Kathie April 5, 2013 - 12:51 pm

I have not used avocados before. I would love to make some guacamole though.

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ELIZA ELLIOT April 5, 2013 - 1:58 pm

I haven’t done anything so unique like this but I would love to try a new recipe with them and to try out that slicer!

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susitravl April 6, 2013 - 8:16 am

I have ZERO creativity, have to follow directions to the letter to get anything I make to turn out right, including recipes. Recently discovered that I like avocados and guacamole, so have been making all kinds of guac recipes, which my co-workers have been very happy to eat!

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amy rouse April 8, 2013 - 9:02 pm

I use avacado as a face mask

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Amanda {A Royal Daughter} April 9, 2013 - 10:38 am

I’m not that creative with Avocados! I’m a guacamole girl, so that inhibits my creativity. 🙂

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Rust April 10, 2013 - 11:23 am

I’ve used avacado mush on my skin as a mask.

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Cynthia April 12, 2013 - 7:24 pm

Thank you Tonya! I’m super excited to have won!

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