Here is a Thanksgiving craft for older children using beans and glue to create a candle holder.
- plastic shallow butter bowl
- popping corn (unpopped)
- dried baby peas
- dried navy beans
- 1 oz. or a little less Elmer's glue.
- gold taper candle
(I had mixed beans, kidney beans and a red candle so that's what
I used for mine... I'm always telling people to use what they have!
You can also add sequins or sparkles to your bean and glue mixture!)
I think I put in more beans than I needed to... I was worried the candle wouldn't stay solid as it seemed wobbly when I first put it in (you can sort of see the colored bean layer and then the white layer I added because I didn't want the candle to tip). I must say though that once the glue dries, the candle sits in there VERY sturdily.
Mix popping corn kernels, peas, & beans together in the butter bowl.
Then add Elmer's glue.
Let sit for 2 minutes, then push candle in center.
Let dry over night. push on bottom, it will pop right out. (I made my beans quite deep, so I had to snip the sides of the container a smidge before it popped out).
You will have a beautiful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.
Suggestion from viewers:
"I wanted to share with you one extra touch. Each child glued their bean candle to a cd-rom. It really added to your already great idea. Connie"
"I just had a suggestion for this craft my son and I used squirrel food, it turned out beautiful. Carol" (I'm guessing squirrel food is a mix of nuts with the shells on)