To most people, avocado skins and pits go in the trash. But with a little creative inspiration, you can turn your avo pits into crafts. Whether making jewelry, chess pieces, or figurines, the possibilities for avocado pits are far from pitiful.
One of the best ways to make unique trinkets or gifts from avocado pits is carving. Try carving faces, animals, fairies and other forest creatures, or flora and fauna. Carve deeply, shaping the pit into a completely new form, or shallowly, maintaining the round shape to create a scene or portrait on its surface.
Avocado pits are ideal for carving crafts because the pit is soft when fresh but hardens when it dries. Before you start, let your pit dry for at least three days, until the thin skin begins to flake off. Don’t leave it for more than two weeks. Too little drying time and it will be too fragile and may crumble; too much drying time and it will become shriveled and solid.
Not sure how to get the avocado pit out of the fruit? Here’s a video on how to cut, slice, and dice an avocado, including how to deal with that pesky pit by removing it with a spoon or a knife.
For carving tools, you have options. Try an X-Acto knife or similar blade, or use skewers, screwdrivers, and other sharp-tipped tools to create marks in various shapes and sizes.
Start by removing the skin from the pit. The pit should have a natural seam down the middle. If you want to work with this flat surface, you can split the stone in half to make two different carvings. This also works well if you plan to drill a hole through the pit to make a necklace or other jewelry. If you want a challenge, you can break the pit into quarters or even smaller pieces for making beads or tiny statues.
If you cut your avocado too soon, don’t worry. Watch this video to find out what to do with an unripe avocado after it’s been cut (you’ll still be able to eat it in a couple of days if you sprinkle a little lemon juice on it, put the halves back together, cover it in plastic wrap, and put it in the fridge).
When you have completed your carving, let the finished piece dry and harden for 24 hours or more, checking any small holes and re-drilling if they look like they might close up. You can finish the surface with avocado oil or another oil for a natural wood look, or paint it with lacquer or acrylic color for a bright and shiny finish.
If carving seems too complex, try avocado-pit buttons instead. Split the pit in half, then carefully cut each half into two or three slices. Using a sharp skewer or a small drill, put four holes in the shape of a small square in the center of each slice. Voilà — homemade avocado buttons!