Wednesday, October 10, 2012

OLD POST REVISITED: Decorating with Beans


****This was a post I did last year 
around this time. 
 I thought I would share it again.****

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...
ORANGE BEANS


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.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Our Halloween Hutch


I have finally finished decorating the hutch for Halloween.  Trying to find holiday decorations after a move is not fun.  I think I have found most of them, but instead of digging around I decided to make a quick trip to the dollar store to see if I could find some cute decorations without spending alot of money.  

Hope you enjoy taking a peek into our Halloween Hutch......




I had the witches brooms and decided to use them on my hutch this year instead of outside.  I really like the way they turned out when I tied the witches legs to them.  



Here is one side of the hutch.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to embellish a plate charger I already had.  The tombstones, eyeballs and spider web all came from the dollar store.



Here is the other side of the hutch.  Again, I embellished a plate charger I already owned.  I also printed out and framed the Trick or Treat eye chart sign from Tatertots and Jello.  You can get that printable here.


Whenever I hang items on shelves, I always use the tiny clear 3M strips....



I made a silhouette of our son about three years ago and put it in this beautiful frame....


Glittered pumpkins on a tray with black beans....



The hutch was super easy to decorate (once I found everything) and really inexpensive.  

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great week!

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