Outdoor Valentine's Decor: How to Stencil Snow With Beet Juice!

Beet juice is one of those things you likely avoid at all costs - the intense red posing a serious threat to all that is porous and pristine. For this reason, "white" and "beets" are not usually such a good match. Well, I beg to differ... so long as the "white" refers to snow! Check out how I, er, beet the odds with this sweet and simple outdoor decor project, just in time for Valentine's Day.

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What You Need

Jar of beets or water from boiled beets
Rubber gloves
Empty Spray bottle
Funnel
Scissors
Heavy Paper
Snow!

Instructions

1. Using the funnel, decant beet juice into empty spray bottle. Dilute with equal parts water if using jar juice. I recommend doing this over the sink while wearing rubber gloves.

2. Fold paper evenly in two.

3. Cut half-heart shape on the fold, being sure to leave 3" or more around the edges.

4. Head out into the cold and lay stencil upon crisp white snow!

5. Set spray nozzle to mist.

6. Mist the beet juice evenly on the cut-out, bottle angled to avoid spraying outside the edge of the paper

7. Carefully remove stencil and repeat!

Additional Notes: The less absorbent the paper the better. Acetate also works, but does not like to be folded! Also, it's best to check the forecast before you begin; what a shame it would be to have your hard work covered up by a fresh snow-fall!


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(Images: MaryAnne Petrella)

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