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Using Dried Beans as Decorations

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Dried peas and beans can be incorporated into many craft projects. This is a page about using dried beans as decorations.


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September 6, 2005
  • clean jar or bottle
  • assorted dried beans
  • rubber band
  • cotton wadding


Start by layering the beans in various colors to the top of the jar. Then tap lightly to settle down the beans and then keep adding more beans till it is full.

Cut a piece of cotton wadding the same size as the lid. Place wadding on top and place the fabric over it to finish it off. Then tie a ribbon around the lid.

If you are using a decorative bottle you can just glue the lid closed and forget about the fabric. Dried beans can be bought in health food stores or found in your supermarket.

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My son did this in Crafts 1 in 4-H many years ago. They found a fancy bottle and because they did not have the cork they put a piece of burlap over the top and tied it tight with a piece of tan colored string. Using burlap for a lid would enable any bottle to be used.


I still have the bottle on my kitchen counter much to the chirgrin of my now teenage son.

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With a glass or plastic tubular vase and some creative food, you can make this faux candle you can safely leave "burning" all night!

Total Time: 20 Minutes

Yield: 1

Source: I have seen these on Pinterest and Google


  • 1 clear glass or plastic vase ($.50)
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • button (or other embellishment)
  • 16 in raffia ($.02)
  • 48 oz mixed pea soup, dry ($.50)
  • 24 oz split peas, dry ($.25)
  • 24 oz mixed bean soup, dry ($.25)
  • battery operated tea light


  1. Pour in the 48 oz. bag of mixed pea soup, then the mixed bean soup, and then the split peas.
  2. Spot glue some raffia on the back of the vase and wrap it around to secure a bow. I put a pretty sunflower button on the knot, but you can make this flowers, a small wooden shape, make it with ribbon and tie a bow, etc.
  3. Put in a battery tea light, push it down into the peas and light er' up!!

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