Beans, Beans, The Magical Fruit

Dried white beans are great for so many display purposes. I just love their satin smooth, creamy vintage white appearance. They’re cheap and so easy to work with for both decorative and practical purposes.
I use Large Lima Beans, Great Northern Beans, and Small White Beans from the grocery store.

You can create a business card holder from pretty much any small dish.

Fill vintage ironstone pottery with beans and tuck with photos.

I even tucked a sweet little photo of my dear late Aunt Erma in a tiny jar. She always reminded me a bit of Betty Crocker.
Organize your desk necessities in piles of beans, they hold almost anything!
One of my favorite displays is the one that holds pieces of my new personalized stationery set by Whisker Graphics!

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40 Responses to Beans, Beans, The Magical Fruit

  1. #1 - Tiedupmemories says:

    Very clever! Love all your displays!I just bought a bunch of assorted jars for my daughter’s b-day and I put all different kinds of candy in them and now I have these pretty jars and I love that bean idea! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. #2 - La Table De Nana says:

    You are so creative..I love beans and lentils as supports and in jars also..
    This is a really lovely series of ides..I love the first one w/ the bird!

  3. #3 - Anita says:

    You are so creative…….it amazes me!!

  4. #4 - Modern Crush says:

    Beans… who knew?! πŸ˜‰

  5. #5 - Faye says:

    Cathe,I never thought about this!You are very clever.Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Faye

  6. #6 - TidyMom says:

    OK, leave to YOU Cathe to find a way to even make decorating with BEAN cute!!!

    You are so clever!! What cute ideas, maybe I can use some when I get my office all put together!


  7. #7 - Kat says:

    Love it! I just might have to use this idea for my craft show this weekend for my business cards… Very lovely and creative!!

  8. #8 - madison house designs says:

    Nicely done. Those are great ideas and great looking displays!

  9. #9 - SharDon Exclusives says:

    Clever Lady! Thank you for the great ideas!

  10. #10 - Whisker Graphics says:

    Great idea! I love inexpensive and eye pleasing ways to display “stuff”. What a treat to see my Whisker Graphics stuff displayed. Thanks for the mention. πŸ™‚

  11. #11 - PussDaddy says:

    Very inovative, but I still prefer eating them.


  12. #12 - Andrea says:

    Just brilliant!

  13. #13 - Elizabeth says:

    What a great idea! I am going to use this for a gift certificate basket that I am putting together for my children’s school fundraiser/raffle. I had just been sitting here trying to figure out how I was going to get all the paper certificates to stand “upright” in a basket of shredded colored paper – thanks sooo much!!!

  14. #14 - Sara says:

    Ok, you are too clever! I’m definitely copying this. I’m loving all of your stuff.

  15. #15 - Kim says:

    huh! Whoda thunk it – what a fantastic idea!!! I could even hide my cash in there – the kids would NEVER look in a bowl of beans!

  16. #16 - lorhen82 says:

    I’ve gotta say…that’s the most uses I’ve ever seen for beans! I was going to say, “Who knew???”, but Modern Crush beat me to it. You have some good ideas! ~Lori

  17. #17 - Project Junky says:

    You did it again! You’re absolutely amazing…love this! I just found some creamy/white Haeger and McCoy pottery hanging around in my garage…the beans go perfectly!

  18. #18 - Heather - - says:

    You have such great taste! Love the white beans!

  19. #19 - Princess Of Pink says:

    OKIE dokie, now THIS is a wonderful idea, THANKS!!!! I have to try this too. YAY!!

  20. #20 - Creative Crafter UK says:

    What a lovely idea for beans – thanks for sharing!

  21. #21 - My name is PJ. says:

    This is genius!

  22. #22 - Pam says:

    You’ve got some great ideas that I just never would have thought of before. I’ll be looking at my pantry in a whole new light from now on!

  23. #23 - Stacie says:

    Wonderful idea! And when you can’t think of anything to do for dinner….”hey let’s just boil up my pencil holder.”

  24. #24 - Christie Cottage says:

    Always a treat to rad and just view your blog. I love the beans in the desk organizer!

  25. #25 - mary beth says:

    I love love love these ideas~! so smart!!

  26. #26 - Cherry Tart Design says:

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  27. #27 - lisalyn says:

    Seriously! How clever!! Saving this idea for sure. πŸ™‚

  28. #28 - xashee's corner says:

    you are soooooooo CLEVER and CREATIVE! thank you so much for sharing these GREAT ideas! Have an AWESOME day! πŸ™‚

  29. #29 - Donna says:

    I really love this idea! I’ll be saving a few jelly jars now!

  30. #30 - BeckyKay says:

    How stinkin’ clever!

    Off to buy some beans! LOL!

  31. #31 - Ashley says:

    I absolutely adore it!

    Tag… you’re it! (see my blog)
    Have a great weekend, too!

  32. #32 - Blue Castle says:

    You are a genius. I never, in a million years, would’ve thought of this! But, now that you shared this nifty tip, I’m thinking of a million ways I could use this idea. πŸ™‚ Awesome. Best idea I’ve seen in a long time.

  33. #33 - SueLovesCherries says:

    Not fair! They remind me of Jordan Almonds and yogurt-covered raisins – I’m hungry!

  34. #34 - henzy says:

    wow.. that is just so fabulously creative..

  35. #35 - Pfeiffer Photos says:

    Yum…beans. Your late Aunt Erma is lovely and I’m lovin’ her name, too. πŸ™‚

  36. #36 - Anonymous says:

    Just pray that you don’t get bugs…

  37. #37 - Splendid Little Stars says:

    I so love your blog. It is so beautiful with so many gorgeous projects. You are so kind to share your creativity with all of us. I have given you an award. Come to my blog and see.

  38. #38 - Cindy Shea says:

    What a great idea! The beans actually look like white polished river stones in your artful vignettes. I can’t waith to give this a try!

  39. #39 - says:

    LOVE this idea!!! Going out to buy beans this afternoon!

  40. #40 - Gabriele says:

    Wow… what a great idea!!
    I personally avoid buying white beans: my family rejects eating them *gg*
    But… my first steps on Monday will definitely lead me to a shop. Buying beans and shocking my family (unless I tell them what I intend to do with them *gg*)

    Thanks a lot for sharing your ideas, respectively: your gifts πŸ˜‰ I really love your website!

    Greetings from Germany,