Layered Beans Vase

Layered Beans Vase Activity

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Spice up your everyday vase with this fun craft adding colorful layers of beans to a regular vase. The beans add beauty and function, helping prop up flowers. The vase also makes a great gift!

What You Need:

  • Selection of multi-colored dried beans, such as white beans, black beans, yellow split peas, navy beans, red beans, green split peas, or lentils.
  • An empty, clear, glass bottle or vase
  • Pouring measuring cup
  • Funnel
  • Artificial flowers
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Glitter (optional)


What You Do:

  1. Tell your child that she will make a vase with multicolored layers of dried beans, a pretty item that she may want to keep or give as a gift.
  2. Have your child use the measuring cup to pour a layer of dried beans into the clear empty glass bottle. If the beans are small enough to fit in a funnel, she could use the funnel as a method of getting beans into the jar. Optional: She may want to add some glitter in with each layer of beans, if she likes a sparkly effect.
  3. After she has created the first layer (about 1 inch deep), she can pick a different color of beans to add for the second layer, and repeat step #2 with the new color of dried beans.
  4. She can continue adding layers of dried beans, alternating colors to get a nice striped effect. Each layer can be about 1 inch deep, more or less.
  5. She may want to fill the bottle all the way to the top with beans, or stop at a halfway point, whichever look she prefers.
  6. Cut and tie a pretty ribbon around the top neck of the bottle vase.
  7. Put artificial flowers inside the vase; the beans will help the flowers stand steady in the vase.

Your beautiful vase is now ready to display, or to give as a gift!  

Beth Levin has an M.A. in Curriculum and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has written educational activities for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Renaissance Learning publishers. She has a substitute teaching credential for grades K-12 in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

Updated on Aug 23, 2013
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