I had 3 bunches of celery so to speed up the cutting time, I just chopped the bottom of all the stalks instead of pulling each stalk off first. I started to discard the bottom but decided to let the kids use them for painting. The first thing I realized is that I need to get the paints out more often...they loved it. The next thing I noticed was that the prints actually looked like roses. I had used green paint (because celery is green), but I can't wait to do these in pink or red or yellow to create roses.