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 Do:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cut and tie a pretty ribbon around the top neck of the bottle vase.
- 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.