This 4th of July DIY is one of my most favorite. I love anything that is festive and fun but totally easy. This fits both.
I first heard about the idea of dying white northern beans from my good friends at Kids Activities Blog. I thought it would be great to do for a 4th of July luminary.
I didn’t have all the ingredients that were called for so I switched it up a bit. Here is how I dyed my beans to create the fun red and blue coloring.
Easy 4th of July DIY Luminary
You will need:
- A bag of white northern beans
- Red food coloring
- Blue food coloring
- A plastic bag
- 2 mason jars
Take one cup of beans and place them in a plastic bag. Add a capful of vinegar, then squirt a few drops of red food coloring inside. I don’t have the exact amount of drops because I’ve switched to the gel food coloring and it can be difficult to measure. The good thing is, you really can’t mess this up. Just keep adding until you get the color you like.
Close the bag and squish all the ingredients inside until all the beans are covered. I let them sit for a few minutes and then I poured them out onto a paper towel and let them dry. Repeat with the blue food coloring.
Once they are all dry, layer a half a cup of red, half a cup of white and then half a cup of blue. This will give you enough to fill two mason jars.
You can leave them as is to decorate your table or add a tea-light candle on top! This is really pretty once the sun goes down. I just love it.