What to Do With Beans & Lentils for Crafts

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What to Do With Beans & Lentils for Crafts
Dried beans and lentils make colourful craft items. (Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

All your children need to create crafts are basic art supplies, dried beans and lentils, and a lot of imagination. If you have dried legumes, such as red kidney and black beans, kids can make a variety of decorative and creative crafts. Other dried legumes include fava and lima beans.

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Indian Corn Craft

Kids can celebrate Thanksgiving by making a creative Indian corn craft. You can use the art project to decorate your holiday dinner table. To create the simple craft, cut an ear of corn shape out of yellow construction paper. Cut two leafy corn husks out of green construction paper, and glue them to either side of the ear of corn. Instruct kids to attach a variety of colourful dried beans and legumes to the ear of corn using white craft glue.

Colourful Mosaic

Create colourful wall decor using dried beans and paint. Kids can proudly display their mosaic-like designs in their bedrooms. Cut a 12-by-12-inch piece of white foam board or card stock to start the project. Glue assorted dried beans and legumes in various sizes to the board in square or rectangular patterns. Paint over each section of beans using a different coloured craft paint. Make sure to paint the foam board or card stock as well.

Christmas Ornament

Make a festive and decorative Christmas ornament in a matter of minutes. Decorate your tree with the easy-to-make ornaments, and give a few to your friends and loved ones as well. You can use any type of bean, such as white or red kidney or coffee beans, depending on the colour palette you desire. Insert a metal ornament hanger into the top of a 6-inch styrofoam ball. Then attach the beans, covering the entire surface. Keep the beans facing the same direction for a neat look.

Napkin Rings

Decorate your Thanksgiving dinner table with handmade napkin rings. Recycle empty toilet paper rolls by cutting them in half or thirds to form the ring bases. You can also cut strips of construction paper and glue the ends together to form the bases. Paint the toilet paper rings a harvest hue, such as burnt orange, dark red or golden yellow. Glue dried beans to the rings in stripes or random patterns. Slip rolled paper or linen napkins into the rings before setting your table.

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