Sometimes I, ahem, buy too many dried foods like beans or corn, and we don’t use them up in a year or two. Maybe three. I don’t do long-term storage, though I do try to stock up on items for a period of time. Unfortunately dried beans and corn are items that can sit for too long in my home.
Since I hate to waste money already spent, I’ve started using dried beans and corn for my fall decorations. As long as the food isn’t moldy, it’s perfectly fine for decoration.
Anytime I have a clear or semi-clear vase, I use the beans to hid the fake flower stems. I usually fill the vase up halfway to two-thirds, depending on the vase and the appearance of the stems.
Filling up small apothecary jars with corn and tucking them into corners of the room adds some visual texture. Red beans or lentils would be another option. Sometimes I wrap a ribbon around the flat stem of the apothecary jar for an extra bit of color.
This display of vases filled with corn sits in my dining room year round. I love the creamy yellow of the corn against the muted green walls.
Look to your fall garden for decorating supplies. These green beans yellowing on the vine could be dried in a 200 degree oven and used to fill in the empty spots in a bowl of mini pumpkins. Seeds from your Halloween pumpkin can also be dried and used for vase filler. As long as little hands can’t touch them, dried cayenne peppers can be made into a wreath or put into a vase as filler.