Make Decorative Wooden Carrots

Wooden carrots are beautiful decorations to make during any time of year. Wood carrots would also be the ideal craft idea for around Easter since that bunny is synonymous with always having carrots hanging out of their mouths. So how can you make your own carrot decorations on the cheap? Look for small pieces of wood in your backyard or on a walk in the woods, and then paint these small pieces of wood with acrylic paint. My dad had some extra little pieces of wood left over from a landscaping project, so I decided to turn these into wooden carrot decorations by painting these with acrylic paint. This is an easy craft for people of all age, and something you can do almost for free. The only supplies you might have to buy are the paintbrushes and the acrylic paint, but most likely you will already have these items on hand if you are an avid crafter like me. I used the envelopes and inserts from discarded junk mail and bills to protect the table as I painted the little pieces of wood, which was a way for me to reuse some of my discarded mail in the process.

I painted little pieces of wood to look like carrots.
I painted little pieces of wood to look like carrots.

Above is a video describing how I created these cute little wood carrot decorations by painting these with acrylic paint, which dries quickly. Acrylic paint is cheap and rinses straight off your brushes with just a little bit of water, which is much easier to clean than my regular use of the medium of oil paint. I truly love using oil paint when I paint on canvas, but acrylic paint is best for wood crafting when I want my project to dry fast.

Lay down junk mail and old envelopes as the painting surface for the wood.
Lay down junk mail and old envelopes as the painting surface for the wood.
Choose small pieces of wood that are shaped liked carrots.
Choose small pieces of wood that are shaped liked carrots.
Paint the top half of each carrot shape with orange acrylic paint.  Allow the wood shapes to dry before painting the bottom half.
Paint the top half of each carrot shape with orange acrylic paint. Allow the wood shapes to dry before painting the bottom half.
Now paint the other side of the wood carrots, and allow the orange portion to dry thoroughly.
Now paint the other side of the wood carrots, and allow the orange portion to dry thoroughly.
Paint the top part of each carrot shape with green acrylic paint.  Allow the paint to dry thoroughly before handling the decorative wood carrots.
Paint the top part of each carrot shape with green acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly before handling the decorative wood carrots.
The acrylic paint is drying on the wood carrots.
The acrylic paint is drying on the wood carrots.

I created decorative wood carrots by painting small pieces of wood that resembled these vegetables that we are fond of eating. Okay, these wood carrots are not the real McCoy, but these do make for lovely decorative pieces. You could even put a few in an Easter basket.

These decorative carrots were created by painted small pieces of wood with acrylic paint.
These decorative carrots were created by painted small pieces of wood with acrylic paint.

Painting On Wood

Painting on wood is an enjoyable craft for people of all ages, but you might want to pick up a few supplies if you do not have paint or decorative wood pieces on hand. Try selecting a type of paint that is made especially for wood projects, but for these carrots I simply used regular old acrylic paint. If you want to save even more money, I highly recommend using little pieces of wood you find in your backyard to paint, or you can even pick up small decorative pieces at a thrift store. I hope this inspires you to create a few small painted pieces like I did with these small pieces I wood that I transformed into carrots.

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susannah42 6 years ago from Florida

What fun, good projects for kids. Always looking for something for the kids to do over the holidays. Thanks


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you enjoyed this project idea susannah42!


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

Nice job and imges. Looks like the kids may be adding a few carrots to the project list this season. Thanks.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks K9keystrokes! This would be a fun craft for kids, especially around Easter.


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agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia

That's a good activity for children creativity.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

You are a marvel to me. Fantastic hub and thank you for sharing.


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daydreamer13 6 years ago

Very creative!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks Daydreamer!

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