Creating Art With Beans

2 Hours
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 wanted to know if I planned on making soup. Ummm….no. I’m thinking crafts! He shrugged and moved on. He knows me well enough to know that I’m pretty unpredictable.
This project uses canvas and beans. Particularly black beans and white navy beans.
Draw in a simple silhouette picture on a canvas.
Paint in the silhouette, covering any areas that would have black beans with black paint.
Glue on the beans. In this case I used black beans and white navy beans.
Add the white beans. Just use white glue to attach them!
Final touches include painting the edges and then sealing with acrylic sealant. For more details check out the link below!

Susan Myers
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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  • Melanie Melanie on Jan 27, 2016
    Can you use the aerosol acrylic sealer?

  • Tracy Shudo Tracy Shudo on Mar 13, 2016
    Hi love how these signs look. but the finished ones look like the white beans are whiter than the ones you were still working on. Did you paint the white? or did the sealer make it look whiter? Thanks, Great Job. Tracy from Canada

  • Kathryn Zug Kathryn Zug on May 01, 2016
    My son is doing this, making a Bruins emblem for a school art project. What is the sealer we should get?


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  • Susan Myers Susan Myers on May 01, 2016
    I used a clear spray acrylic sealer. You can find lots of options at your craft store or Home Depot.

  • Gail Morey Gail Morey on Oct 10, 2020

    I have made several of the coffee ones for gifts. I didn't use the navy beans because I prefer a plain background. Getting ready to start another one. :-)