Create Art with Beans! #DIY #WallArt


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seed-art9This is Suzy from Suzy’s Sitcom! I was grocery shopping the other day and stopped short in the bean aisle.  An idea came to mind and I started adding bags of beans to my cart.  The hubby asked if I was making soup. Ummm….no.  I’m thinking crafts!  He shrugged and moved on.  He knows me well enough to know that I love to create with unusual things.  After all, nobody is allowed to throw away TP tubes or pickle jars in my house.  So it isn’t a stretch to create art with beans!

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 Want to know how to make this cute Coffee and Tea wall art with beans?

For this project I used:

Black Beans
White beans
White glue
Acrylic Paint in black
(2 ea.) 9 x 12 canvases
Clear Acrylic Sealant

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Begin by drawing out your silhouettes.  I drew a coffee cup and the work “Coffee” on one canvas.  Just the outline is all you need, and if it is easier, you could use a stencil to make the lettering.  Just remember that the beans are about 1/4″ wide.

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On the other canvas, I drew an outline of a teapot and the word “Tea”.

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I then painted everything that was going to be covered with black beans with the black acrylic paint.  I did this so that when the beans are placed, the white canvas will not show around the edges of the beans.

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Now the fun part.  Add glue to a small section of the black, and start placing the beans.

seed-art6Cover all your black areas with black beans, adding glue as you go.

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Allow the one canvas to dry and fill in the black beans on the second canvas.

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Finish both canvases by filling in the white areas with white beans.  Use black acrylic paint to paint the edges of the canvas to give it a finished look, and then be sure to coat the entire project in clear acrylic sealant.

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And there you have it!  I love the texture of this piece!  I’m actually thinking about a more detailed project using some of the other colored beans….

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This is a great projects for little hands too! Use a coloring book to draw out silhouettes on canvas and have the kids take over with paint and beans.  I’m betting they come up with something amazing!

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Comments

  1. laura108 says

    It sure will Jay and what a great project to do together. Be sure to send us pictures of what you make. We would love to feature it :)

  2. laura108 says

    Thank you Christina. We are pretty proud of it. If you do make it please share pictures we would love to see it :)

  3. Amy | The Happy Scraps says

    This really is such a fun project! What fun these would be to hang in the kitchen. I could even have my boys help make them. :) Thank you for sharing at The Creative Exchange.

  4. laura108 says

    Aww Thanks Marie. Suzy is amazing and when I first saw it I thought the same thing so many memories when we used to use all kinds of colored beans and pop corn :) Thanks for stopping by

  5. Marie says

    Just had to comment. Many long years ago, when art supplies were costly, we made pictures with split peas, popping corn, lentils, rice, barley, and of course all the beans. Your current project brought back many memories.

  6. Meredith Elizabeth says

    Great idea. It looks idiot proof which makes it perfect for me! I’m not artistically inclined outside of remedial PicMonkey. We’re a household with a Mexican last name, so- beans shouldn’t ever be a problem. =) Blessings~

  7. Paula Parker says

    Well this looks like this would keep me busy and out of trouble for a while. Then I would end up with beautiful artwork as well. Thanks for a great project.

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