Strung chilli peppers make a colourful decoration inside and outside the home. Listening to the seeds rattle around inside several dry chilli peppers on a windy day also evokes a sense of home to those living in the Southwest. Create a chilli pepper garland at home by stringing dried ancho, cayenne or California chilli peppers. Place the chilli pepper garland in the kitchen or barbecue area of your home for a spicy touch.
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Things you need
- 8-by-10-inch cardboard
- Cotton string, 14 inches
- 2 metal craft rings, 2 inch
- Upholstery needle
- 1-inch wood beads
Wash the chilli peppers with water to remove any residue. Lay the chilli peppers on the sheet of cardboard. Be sure they don't overlap. Set the chilli peppers outside in direct sunlight for two weeks to dry out.
Organise the chilli peppers on the cardboard in the order the chilli peppers will be strung. Cut 14 inches of the cotton string with scissors, and tie one end of the cotton string around one metal craft ring. Thread the other end of the cotton string through the upholstery needle, and tie a knot around the needle's eyelet.
Insert the upholstery needle and cotton string through each chilli pepper, 1-1/2 inches below each chilli pepper's stem. String wood beads between each chilli pepper for an artistic look. Stop adding chilli peppers 2 inches before the cotton string's end.
Cut the cotton string from the upholstery needle eyelet with scissors. Tie the loose cotton string end to another metal craft ring. Hang the strung chilli peppers on completion.
Tips and warnings
- Wash your hands after handling chilli peppers to prevent skin or eye irritation.
- Hang the dry chilli peppers in areas of the home that are inaccessible to small children and pets.
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