Thanksgiving Craft for Kids: The Bean Candle Holder

This thanksgiving bean candle holder is very easy for the kids to make in any shape you want, using any assortment of colorful beans.

I don’t know about you, but I’m still reeling from last night’s Halloween festivities. Two out of three kids had parties at school yesterday. They were thrill to come home to have some fun in the street while the moms on our block got ready for our Halloween block party. I love watch my kids laugh, play and have some fun, especially my 10-year-old Professor, who’s work load is increasing every year. Halloween means it’s time for kids of ALL ages to have fun and be a kid. At least that’s MY definition of Halloween!

But that doesn’t mean that I’m not glad it’s over. Too much sugar and too much sweets is what October means. So bring on November!

Here’s a fun project I did with my Princess’ class last fall for a Thanksgiving gift to the children’s parents: The Illusive Bean Candle Holder.

Totally easy, totally fun.

1. Rub the inside of a paper or foam cup with a little soap.
2. Fill each cup 3/4 of the way with an assortment of dry beans and lentils.
3. Cover the beans with white glue.
4. Stick a candle in the center and gently press down. Don’t press down all the way to the bottom.
5. Let it dry 30 minutes, then peel off the paper cup.
6. Place candles somewhere safe to dry completely.
7. Smile when your little one beams with pride when they see their masterpiece in the center of Thanksgiving dinner table.

Um, is that easy enough for you?

Mix your own bean/color mixture or buy one of those packs of 9-bean soup.

This project was brought to you by MY three little turkeys at home.

8 Responses to Thanksgiving Craft for Kids: The Bean Candle Holder

  1. holly w at #

    Do you put alot of glue and then it sinks down? Like 1/4 cup of glue or something? That is a really cool craft!

  2. The glue sinks down and gets in the nooks and crannies of the beans. Give it a little shake to help it spread around. It doesn't require much glue at all, probably less than a 1/4 cup. We made about 30 of these with the kids and just eyeballed the measurements.

  3. Dzoli at #

    What a great idea to keep kids busy and make something which looks so good:)

  4. beautiful deco looks wonderful

  5. Nicole at #

    Did you just use Elmer glue? I’m planning to make this with my preschoolers next week 🙂

    • It is so easy and goof proof. You can use any white glue – Elmer’s is great. You just want the kind of glue that dries CLEAR.

  6. Billie Kay at #

    These are so pretty and look fun! What kind of soap did you use?

    • The soap is not necessary, but guarantees that the styrofoam doesn’t get stuck to the glue. So any cheap bar of soap is fine for a quick swipe on the inside of the cup. Some plastic cups have a wax coating on the inside. So if you use these cups, the soap is not necessary.

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