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What can you do with a big zucchini? You could put it in the compost, make a baked zucchini, or... you could make a zucchini car or a zucchini doll!
How it all began...
One fall day I was walking home from the community garden, and I noticed I was holding my big zucchini like a baby. My kids agreed - it looked a bit like a baby. So the tradition of having a zucchini baby began. When the zucchinis were so big that they were about to run away with the garden, we could harvest them, dress them in sweet baby clothes, and wrap them in a blanket with a bonnet on their little heads. They also looked great in a stroller!
That brought on a stream of creativity, and now we have lots of ideas of what to do with those pesky zucchini. We have had a lot of fun with these, and we hope you will too! The picture below is a little buddy of mine who got very excited about the zucchini baby!
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Let's begin with the zucchini baby... - Check out the video below
Don't laugh. Everyone we know who saw our zucchini baby wanted to hold it! Even our friend's babies were fascinated.
Best pacifier for your Zucchini Baby - Regular pacifiers for babies don't work!
If you have kids and dolls around the house, you will no doubt already have a doll pacifier you can use for your zucchini baby. But if you don't, this is a link to the best one on Amazon. It is the perfect size, and the nipple part is very small, so you won't have any trouble sticking it into your zucchini's mouth!
Video - How to make a zucchini baby
We get all caught up in carving pumpkins for Halloween, but we don't think much about what sort of fun we can have with other vegetables. This video is meant to be inspiration so you can have some fun being creative with vegetables yourself!
Like yellow better than green? Yellow squashie baby - Adding white out to make eyes if you want them
Zucchinis work. So do yellow squash! Some people don't like the Shaker-esque, simple, baby with no eyes. I like simple. But if you really want eyes, they are super simple. Just use a dot of white out, let it dry, and then add the pupil of the eyes and the dot of "reflected light" to make the eyes more alive.
Here she is with her eyes open - our Yellow Squashie Baby!
You can use rutabagas too! - A rutabaga hot air balloon for your garden gnome
I love using rutabagas for vegetable carving. This purple rutabaga turned into a hot air balloon for our mini garden gnome. The larger ones are good for houses too, if you would like to carve a house.
The sky is the limit when creating a zucchini car - Did you notice the headlights?
Would you rather make a zucchini car?
You can see exactly how I made our zucchini car on this video. You won't have exactly the same elements, but you can use just about anything. Think about this: A mushroom umbrella for the top... some baby potato decorations on the side, some LED lights like tea lights that will make a real headlight, celery for decoration. You can use any sort of small figure - whatever you have on hand. If you have a peanut, you could use a marker to make a face and have a peanut driver. The possibilities are endless.
My little Garden Gnome meets the Monster Zucchini and... - And sure enough, he has a car!
Okay, I am not a nut, just a fun loving creative sort of person who was amused with thinking about what to do with all those runaway zucchini plants. Why throw them on the compost? Why not have a little fun? I hope you like this idea and have some fun too. Just think - the next barbeque you have you could make a rolling zucchini ketchup racer, to send the ketchup down the table in style. The sky is the limit.
The origin of zucchinis
In case you wanted to know... Squash originated in North America, but zucchini were taken to Italy, and then brought back to the US some time in the 1920s. They have had quite a globe trotting history!