15-Bean Soup Mix* (dried bean soup mix found in your grocery store) need 1 per candle
Candle (we used various fall colors)
paper plate (1 per candle)
wax paper ** MUST USE (other types will not work!)
metal mixing bowl (metal is easist to clean and reuse)
metal mixing spoon
Once you are complete with this step, your project should still have the wax paper holding everything in place. Give this a couple of hours to dry and then you can peal back the wax paper. The complete candle will not be dry yet. If the beans start coming off with the wax paper, squeeze it back into it's shape and wait a few more hours.
When the beans are all dry you can cut the paper plate to fit the base of the candle. Add a construction paper leaf with a cute poem, story or verse about being thankful. Use as a table centerpiece or mantle decoration for Thanksgiving. It can be stored and used year after year. The kids from our preschool would always beg their parents once Thanksgiving came around to pull out & decorate their house with their candles & some of the kids who had been in our school for all 4 years along with their siblings before them would have enough candles to decorate the entire house; mantle, table, front steps & kitchen included.
* You can use any of the dried bean soup mixes, not just the 15-bean soup. We reccommend this because it has a variety of colors. Pick out the soup mix with colors you like.