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Updated on July 2, 2017
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Elyn spent the last 30 years in China, coming home in the summer to cook American food and have fun doing craft projects with her family.

Fun Vegetable Crafts for Summer!

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!

All photos on this page are taken by the author unless otherwise noted.

Let's begin with the zucchini baby... - Check out the video below

make a zucchini baby doll
make a zucchini baby doll

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

make a doll with a zucchini
make a doll with a zucchini

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!

vegetable crafts - zucchini baby
vegetable crafts - zucchini baby

You can use rutabagas too! - A rutabaga hot air balloon for your garden gnome

vegetable carving rutabaga
vegetable carving rutabaga

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?

vegetable craft - zucchini car
vegetable craft - zucchini car

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!

zucchini car
zucchini 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.

vegetable crafts - zucchini doll
vegetable crafts - zucchini doll

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!

So did you have a good time here? - Do you have any good ideas for things to do with zucchinis?

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      How fun this is. It might even get more kids to like zucchini! Enjoyed reading this very much.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Gosh, that is surely a unique thing to do with a zucchini. I like the idea of working with yellow squash myself.

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @norma-holt: Ho ho! Perhaps you could dress him in toddler sized clothes?? How fun.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      You have certainly solved the problem of the big zucchini. I have one in the garden now that was overlooked that is probably twice this size. Blessed by Skiesgreen 2013

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      This is adorable! I love both the doll and the cars. My mother used to grow some of the largest zucchinis, huge:-)

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      StrongMay 5 years ago

      I can add your zucchini car to my Butternut Boat. I'll be making a lens for it soon.

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      StrongMay 5 years ago

      I had a lovely time here. Those dolls are so cute and those cars so cool!

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      CoffeeWriter LM 5 years ago

      @getwellsoon: I second that motion!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @getwellsoon: Yes it would! Next project...

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      getwellsoon 5 years ago

      A zucchinni boat would be a great addition!

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      We eat zucchinis every chance we get so this was a fun lens for us. Well done.

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      Srena44 5 years ago

      great lens

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      dragonlildragon 5 years ago

      It's a really fun lens. It made me smile

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      kare2share 5 years ago

      What an entertaining lens! You really gave me a good laugh, especially the picture of you holding your baby zucchini like a proud mama! Thanks for sharing! :)

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      kayla_harris 5 years ago

      It is very interesting to make something with zucchinis!

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      spids1 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. Nice lens and great reading suggestions.

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      karen-stephens 5 years ago

      Love the zukes.. thanks for the laugh!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @RawBill1: ;-) She likes to play with her food too!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @writerkath: I envy you your siamese twin zucchini! Now that is fun! You really do have all sorts of possibilities there!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Hilarious! You know, we deliberately let a zucchini or summer squash grow to enormous weights ... just because we can. We have a "Siamese Summer Squash" that is probably about 5 pounds. Hmm... Siamese dolls? "Pontoon Car?" The possibilities are endless! Thanks for a wonderful read! You have put a smile on my face. :) Congratulations on your LOTD!

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      sybil watson 5 years ago

      This is darling! What a clever idea for those runaway zucchinis.

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD and this is a really cute lens. I love zucchinis. Thanks for sharing

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      Rosyel Sawali 5 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Fun idea if you have a vegetable garden! ^_^

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Congrats on LOTD, such a strange thing to do. Didn't your mother ever tell you not to play with your food! LOL :-)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What a fun (crazy) idea! Love it!

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      Adorable lens!

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      Mussarat J Moghal 5 years ago from Ontario Canada

      Great and fun idea.

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @bushaex: ;-)

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @Tom Maybrier: I am so glad!

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      bezabeza 5 years ago

      This is HIlarious! Loved reading your bio too...such great fascinating people one meets on squidoo!

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      Tom Maybrier 5 years ago

      This made me laugh out loud!

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      Elyn - Heartiest congratulations to you and your talented team of zucchinis for Lens of the Day and all-around vegetable entertainment. SquidAngel blessings.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      A very unique experience I would say.

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I make zucchini chips. Fun to eat. These crafts are really creative, though.

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      Mary Stephenson 5 years ago from California

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day. I guess this takes playing with your food to a whole new level! Maybe I would go for carving into unique shapes to make a super great centerpiece that would eventually get tossed in the compost. But think I will leave the dolls and cars alone.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Great ideas! To be honest, I have never considered the zucchini as anything more than food, but that has all changed now.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Love the zucchini car with the candy corn passengers. So cute! Congrats on LoTD.

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @ismeedee: But you can be creative at that too! They are all good ideas.

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      MarriagesToday 5 years ago

      @getmoreinfo: It really does! haha :) great lens btw

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      exrecoverymate 5 years ago

      Great lens just love the idea, congratulations on being the lens of the day too!

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      cook them and eat them!! I know, not very original :(

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      bonusbaggings 5 years ago

      What a unique lens! Love it

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      This gives new meaning to the saying "playing with your food" LOL

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @aka-rms: Thank you so much. I am so happy to share these fun ideas and watch them expand when the idea takes hold and new ideas come from other squidoo-ers.

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks Susan - I appreciate your lenses too!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @CoffeeDude LM: Yes! If you have a Mr. Potato Head the pieces work fine!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @artdivision1 lm: Awww. Thanks. I tried to make them short and sweet. Glad you liked them.

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @Dressage Husband: Lots of fun things to do - I carve out vegetables and make gnome and fairy houses too. Lots of fun!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @mrducksmrnot: Wow - what fun. A 2,009 pound pumpkin..... carriage? All we need now is a Cinderella!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: What a great and wonderful idea!!! A "dress up your zucchini for Halloween!" party. I LOVE it! You have one great creative mind!

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      Myreda Johnson 5 years ago from Ohio USA

      What a fun LOTD. Congratulations!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @LiteraryMind: We do have a fun family. I might be the silliest, but everyone knows how to have a fun time. You are right - thank you!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @KimGiancaterino: It's easy to cook them later if you like. It is easier to cook a car than a baby! Mostly I have let my babies get old and then when they begin to rot I add them to the compost. A zucchini baby can last a long time and be a lot of fun.

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      jdwheeler 5 years ago

      Super cool craft!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @AnindaPramanik: Thank you Anindaseo - These are some fun new ideas for everyone to try. I hope you try it and have a good time!

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      AnindaPramanik 5 years ago

      @ThePerfectPresent: yea

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @JadaFuego: Um - yes! That is a wonderful option - but you can make a car and then eat it for dinner ! Good both ways!

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      AnindaPramanik 5 years ago

      I have to say how unique this lens is ?

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      secondhandrose lm 5 years ago

      Fun and innovative lens! I love the zucchini car.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fun lens. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      myspace9 5 years ago

      Very interesting idea, Cogratulations on the LOTD.

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      JadaFuego 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!! I myself am a zucchini lover :). However, my zucchini wouldn't last long enough to become art....if you know what I mean :)

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      weppage 5 years ago

      reall very nice ;)

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Like lestroischenes, I hope the zucchinis are later enjoyed as food. I would never throw one on a compost pile. They've shot up in price over the past few years. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very cute. You must have a fun family. Congratulations on LOTD

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It seems that one nutty idea leads to another and its okay, even good for us to be a nut at time....this time it got you LotD, so just like with the uses for zucchini, the sky is the limit. I did see someone with a recipe for zucchini chili that I've been wondering about. It would be fun for those with an excess of zucchini to save them for a zucchini dress up contest for their Halloween contest.

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      mrducksmrnot 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD and well thought out on those extra large squash and zucchinis. This years newest world record for pumpkins is 2009 lbs. That would make a great car with a day or two of carving.

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      Very cute idea! Congratulations on LotD!

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      ComfortsOfHome 5 years ago

      Ha, how did you know I've got a great supply of giant zucchini, just begging for something to be done with them? These ideas are way more fun than just putting into soup, grating for baking, or dumping in the compost.

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      It was amusing but I am sure that you could expand it into a lot more creative ideas over time. The large zucchini do not cook well and I have tried grating them, but they are still not as flavoursome as the small ones. This has started me thinking and many others too I am sure. Congratulations on the LOTD.

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      artdivision1 lm 5 years ago

      I love the videos on this lens. Totally inspiring!

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      anhervaz 5 years ago

      Different and funny :)

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      MEDerby 5 years ago

      Clever, creative and so much fun! Great job.

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 5 years ago from Johanesburg

      Great lens ,congrats

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Love your creativity and originality. I just never imagined coming upon a lens about zucchini babies or cars. That's the true beauty of Squidoo. Now I am imagining all the possibilities. It really is limitless. This was a really fun way to start my day. Thanks! Congrats on LotD.

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      CoffeeDude LM 5 years ago

      Use the accessory pieces from a Mr. Potato head to make a Mr. Zucchini Head.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What a wonderfully fun idea - thanks so much for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel, and congrats on your LotD! :)

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      johnsja 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. Great lens.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      What a fun lens! Congratulations on LotD :>) ~~Blessed~~

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      bidandrew 5 years ago

      This lens is way too cool and unique! :)

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I've never seen a zucchini baby, but I have to say that I've seen zucchinis almost as big as toddlers! Love the zucchini car! Congratulations on your very creative and original Lens of the Day!

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      sassydiva lm 5 years ago

      I never would have thought of zucchini crafting. Cute ideas!

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      Ahdilarum 5 years ago

      Well. Simple display in this lens and congrats for winning LOTD award.

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      very inventive...Congrats on the LOTD

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      Robin S 5 years ago from USA

      Congratulations! This lens was selected as LotD today. You can read all about it here:

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      MarkJustice 5 years ago

      Great lense, some interesting uses for Zucchini, of course I still like them fried!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I indeed had a great time.. Loved your wonderful ideas.. :)

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Congrats on LotD! What fun ideas.

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @SteveKaye: Ha ha ha. I'm not coming to your house! You use your zucchinis very creatively too!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @RazzbarryBreeze: I put one idea for boys, and one for girls, thinking that something was needed for everyone. The zucchini baby is so sweet, she is hard to resist!

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      RazzbarryBreeze 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. This is one of the most interesting lenses I have read. I must say very unique and done well. I am partial to the zucchini baby idea.Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LotD! I love the zucchini baby idea. Thanks for the fun.

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      Jemecan 5 years ago

      very interesting

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I have to say how unique this lens is.

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      Good idea to put them to some use, but hope they were eaten afterwards! Waste not want not. Added to my marrow (large zucchini) lens.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Unbelievable! I never realized there were so many uses for zucchini. And to think I've been wasting them by giving them as treats on Halloween.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      This is so cute, I love the zucchini baby idea, such a creative way to make vegetable crafts. Congrats on LOTD too.

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      Heidi 5 years ago from Benson, IL

      Amazing; I actually guessed right on the quiz. Those are some creative ideas for zucchinis. :)

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      ThePerfectPresent 5 years ago

      Very wacky and cute!

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      Asher Socrates 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I sure did! Got a laugh big time. Keep up the great work. Asher


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