****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.
- 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.
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.