Admit it – you’ve heard that saying before about beans. Well today we aren’t eating them, we are going to use them for decorating.You know I like to use things which I have on hand, or can be purchased easily and cheaply. So this is a perfect project.
A friend of mine posted something like this but she had spray painted them which turned out good. With paint you would get a more consistent color on most, but as with any natural item such as beans, they can have their own idea. That has given me ideas for a few future projects which can’t be done with food color.
Most of my decor is on the natural, muted tones but I thought it would be fun to add that pop of color with the traditional Easter colors everyone thinks of.
Before you begin, you need to decide what colors, how many colors, and what size the vase will be. You can just use water poured in the vase then divide it by the number of colors. Mine was easy. Approximately 4 cups needed, 4 colors = 1 cup per color. NOTE HERE – make sure the vase is completely dry before adding any dry beans.
What you need:
- Great Northern (white) dry beans
- Food color – your choice
- Ziplock bags
Using the standard red, yellow, blue and green liquid food colors, let’s color the beans. Did you know they make neon color now?
Place the desired amount of beans in each bag.
As with any time you are using dye or food color, start with a lesser amount and you can always add a bit more.
These will dry just a bit darker, but not much.
After adding the food color, zip the top closed – and check it.
Squish and shake the bag until you see the color distributed evenly.
Pour each amount into the vase and shake to level.
Continue adding until you are done.
I added silk forsythia to mine.
If you are adding real flowers, you can add a glass or smaller vase then fill the beans around it.
I even thought that later this fall, why not use pinto beans for a vase full of cotton stalks.
I’m helping with a graduation party in May and thinking this might be something to try also. Will let you know.
Think about these as for baby or bridal showers and parties.
If you are wanting to make and use right away, the colors might fade into each other just a bit, but not much. Drying them makes it easier to handle and you won’t have multi-colored hands when you are done.WARNING – these are small objects so they could cause a choking hazard to pets or children. Always carefully supervise and store in safe areas.
A couple more Easter ideas.