Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Fairy Tale Crafts - Jack and the Beanstalk Magic Beans

I saw this delightful little craft over at Lulastic last summer where she made these as sweet little love tokens for Father's Day.  I thought I'd make some similar, themed on the classic fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk.

These would make cute little party favours or end of term gifts for school friends, allowing them to grow their magic beans into giant beanstalks at home.

It's such a simple thing to make and amazingly thrifty too - it didn't actually cost me a penny as I photocopied an illustration from a vintage book and used saved beans from last year's garden crop, but even if you do buy new seeds, it costs less than £1 for a big bag of runner beans.

I used a copy of a vintage Jessie Willcox Smith illustration, used a small envelope as a template and made some mini packets to hold the beans.  You can find illustrations (or text from the story would be good too) in old books, look in libraries or do a Google image search.

Using a fine-tipped non-toxic pen, I then wrote my words on the beans.  Simples.

For more lovely fairy-tale inspired crafts, check out the video and links below...

Red Ted Art - Loo Roll Three Little Pigs Peanut Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs finger puppets; Cork Fairy Tale Folk

Kids Chaos - Jack and the Beanstalk Reward Chart; Teacup candle; Mirror mirror on the wall

Zing Zing Tree - Little Mermaid paper plate collage; Mad Hatters paper mache teacup; paper mache eggbox elf shoes

Domestic Goddesque - Rapunzel bookmarks; Fairy Tale puppet theatre; Cinderella's 'glass' slipper

Me and My Shadow - Little Red Riding Hood Cape; Lace Princess Crown (link to follow)


  1. What a fabulous idea! You are soooooo crafty. x

  2. These little envelopes are so lovely and I would never have thought of photocopying an illustration to help decorate the paper! A great craft and so thrifty too :-)

  3. Oh what a gorgeous idea! These would go well with a copy of Julia Donaldson's The Giants and the Joneses which we are reading now (a suggestion for Kirsty's linky ^^^)!

  4. What a lovely idea! The little envelopes are so sweet

  5. Ooh I love that! We are hoping to finally move somewhere with a garden this year, and what a lovely way that would be to involve Syd in growing veg!

  6. You know I love these, right? The simplicity of them make them a perfect activity for a party!

  7. Ahhhhhhh these are awesome. I know it sounds mad but how lovely would these be for children's wedding/party favours.

  8. This is a great idea! I will have to try this with my boy soon. Thank you! x

  9. oh this is so super, love love love that!!

  10. Gorgeous idea - you lovely creative thrift-monger !