How to Dye Dried Beans

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Things You'll Need

  • Dried beans
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Liquid food coloring
  • Paper plates

Dried beans that are dyed can bring excitement to a child, since the beans are now colorful. Try using dyed dried beans for your child's art projects. Simply give the dyed beans to your child to glue on to card stock, and watch his creative mind work.Have your child place the dyed beans in a plastic jar for a colorful decoration. Get your food coloring ready. You will need it for this fun project.

Pour any dried bean into a bowl in your sink. Try a variety of beans to have different shapes and sizes. Cover the beans with rubbing alcohol. You will probably need one to two bottles, depending on how many beans you are making. The beans must be covered thoroughly in order for the dye to stick and harden.

Add a bottle of food coloring to the bowl of beans. You may need to use a second bottle if the beans do not appear to be absorbing the color.

The beans will need to stay in the bowl for one hour. Stir the beans every 15 minutes to make sure they are evenly covered.

Carefully remove the beans with a slotted spoon. The slots must be smaller than the beans, otherwise they will slip through.

Place the beans on a paper plate. Be careful not to pile any on top of each other.

If possible, put the beans outside to dry overnight. If you are unable to put it outside, find a well-ventilated area in your home. The scent is very strong.

The next day, transfer the beans to another paper plate. Let the beans dry until the dye is completely hard.


  • The dying should be done by adults only. This is not a project for children. Children should be supervised when working with the dyed beans. Dyed beans are not to be eaten.