Hola! I’m feeling all exotic because I’ve been using a bunch of avocados up in here! Growing up, I didn’t love avocados. I thought they were slimy and mushy. The only thing they had going for them was the fact that they were green. And green happened to be my favorite color. Though they were pretty and good for you, I never wanted to try them. It wasn’t until college that I actually welcomed avocados into my life. I started to eat healthier and incorporate them into my recipes. PLUS – I heard that they did wonders for your hair. And they totally do. :)
Avocados are one of those versatile fruits that can dress up a whole bunch of recipes. But what if you want to craft with them? That’s where the seeds come in. Yes, I know they are also called “pits”, but I honestly hate that word. It’s ug. So we’re referring to them as “seeds” today. Avocados from Mexico recently approached me and asked if I would be interested in joining their “Spring For Avocados “campaign and come up with a little project using their avocados. Now that I love avocados, you can see why I was totally on board with this! They sent a bunch of avocados my way and I started eating. We had lots of guac over here. And cowboy caviar. Don’t know what that is? I’ll share a recipe for it next week because it’s delish!
I knew I wanted to do something incorporating the seeds. I have been gold-leafing a lot of small projects around our new place and decided to gild the seeds! It took ten minutes and I had these unique lil’ place card holders after I was done! Read on for the how-to.
To make your own avocado seed place card holders you need:
- avocado seeds (washed and dried)
- gold leafing pen and sheets (found at Michael’s or any other craft store)
- sharp knife (not pictured)
Using your gold-leafing pen, cover the bottom half of the seed with the glue mixture. It starts to set quickly and it will get on your hands. It’s no big deal.
Take a sheet of the gold leaf and press it onto the glue-covered bottom of the seed. Press all over to cover as much of the glue with the gold leaf as possible. Peel the sheet back and see where else needs to be covered. Some of the gold will be sticking up.
Pat down any stray gold leaf with your fingers. Do this gently. The gold leaf will set to the glue and shouldn’t rub off.
Once your seed is gilded, take a sharp steak knife and cut a small slit in the top. It doesn’t need to be huge, just wide enough for a piece of paper or cardstock to fit through.
Make some little name cards (these were made on cardstock with a pen) and stick them into the small slit at the top of the seed.
And voila! Now you have some fun little place card holders that look like little gold beads. So easy.
Fun, right? Avocados are more than just a snack to you now. I’d much rather play with my food than eat it. :) Oh wait. Just kidding. I’d rather eat it…
Now the fun part!
Avocados from Mexico is offering one of you a prize pack that includes:
- a copy of Chef Roberto Santibañez’ cookbook, Truly Mexican
- an “I <3 Avocado” t-shirt
- a time-saving avocado slicer
- a $10 gift card to an area retailer where Avocados from Mexico are sold.
To enter: Leave a comment on this post telling me when it was that you fell in love with avocados. If you aren’t in love with them, tell me why not.
Giveaway ends: Saturday, April 6th, at 11pm pacific.
GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED.
update – Congratulations to Sarah from Sarah Hearts! You won, girl! Sarah said:
This is brilliant, Lexy! Gold foil is now on my shopping list (I always have avocados in the fridge)!
Guys, I have the shirt. It’s super cute. Logan wants to wear it but it’s a little small for him. ;) If you want some more inspiration for what you can do with an avocado, visit Avocados from Mexico’s Pinterest page! Lots of recipes and other fun projects!
*While this post is sponsored by Avocados from Mexico, all opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that help The Proper Pinwheel bring you quality goodness!