Monday, September 19, 2011

Decorating with Beans

I know you are going to think I am crazy...but with a little imagination and experimenting you can decorate with beans!  I was looking for something to put into my apothecary jars for Halloween but I did not want to spend a fortune on candy that would sit in a jar and not get eaten.  I decided to take a bag of White Navy Beans (sorry, I did not get a picture) and dye them with food coloring and here is what I got.

                Supplies Needed
    • 2 lb. bag of white navy beans - $1.50 at grocery store
    • A tube each of red and yellow food coloring
    • Large Ziploc bag
    • Newspaper, wax paper or parchment paper for drying out

Start by pouring the beans in a Ziploc bag.

Drop in some red and yellow food coloring. It does not have to be exact, you can
add more later if your color isn't where it needs to be.
(See Below)

After massaging and working the beans around, this is what you will have...

After all the beans are coated, pour them onto your newspaper, wax paper or 
parchment paper (whatever you have on hand).

I let mine dry over night.  They might cluster together, but that is okay.  I let my
son break them up and play with them before I decorated my jar.

Here you go.  I altered the orange beans with a 2 lb. bag of black beans.

I experimented this summer with pinto beans.  I love the color turquoise.  If you take a bag of pinto
beans with red and blue food coloring, this is what you get.

These are great fillers for jars, trays or even a glass candle jar.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you feel inspired to go color some beans.  

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  1. Hey, if you can decorate with rice why can't you decorate with beans, right?! Love it -- very cute!

  2. Looks good! What a great technique!

  3. This is such a cute idea. I love the look of the black and orange beans

  4. I featured you on my facebook page today I loved it so much

  5. I just came across your blog and love your ideas. You are so creative. I have a link party on Wednesdays if you would like to link up. Hope to see you there.
    new follower,

  6. Ingenious! May I copy you? (I'm being polite, because you know I'm going to do this!)

  7. This looks great! I will put this on my to do list!

  8. This is genius! Who would have thought to dye beans and decorate them! Love this project. I'm your newest follower and would love if you joined us over at Sew Woodsy and link this up!

  9. What an awesome idea!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    ~ Sarah

  10. I am going to try this for sure! Thanks for sharing it! Stopping by from Sew Woodsy link party.

  11. This is Great! I am definitely going to do this! And I am LOVING that chippy hutch! Awesome! Saw ou at the Shabby Creek cottage.

  12. That is genius! I bow down to your creativity! I am pinning this idea. I am a new follower from Blue Cricket Design. Vicky @

  13. Genius! I'm going to pin this so I can remember to use the idea! Thanks for sharing!

  14. What a great idea! If we have candy it gets eaten by ME! I can't be trusted. This would be perfect.
    Thank you for the great idea.
    PS I have a linky party on Tuesday. Come over and share something!

  15. Love! I would be thrilled if you linked up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party.

  16. Love these beans & what you did to them! I wanted to let you know that I featured this project today on Sew Woodsy! Come on over and grab a sparkling new featured button!

  17. We have been coloring pasta and rice but needed a new food group - and these look amazing! We'll be buying beans at the store tomorrow! Thanks for a great post - I pinned it ;)

  18. If you can decorate with rice, then it will be looks more great. I decorate it with beans, vegetables and some of the fruits. I am a new follower from Blue Cricket Design.
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  19. Never thought of dying beans. Looks great!


  20. Hello, I absolutely LOVE this idea! I've started a new blog and have featured it. It is at:

    Thank you so much for sharing this really neat project!

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  22. I wonder how it would look with red and green (separate like the black and orange) for Christmas? Have you tried straight red?

  23. How do you create the black beans?


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