How to Decorate With Coffee Beans


Coffee is a very common part of waking up in America. Empires are built on coffee here in the U.S. Why not decorate with it? It has a pleasing aroma and many shades from light brown to black. Coffee also preserves quite nicely. If you have some extra coffee beans around your kitchen, put them to good use. If you are a coffee lover, you may want to purchase some beans to decorate with.

Things You'll Need

  • Coffee beans
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Clear glass jar with a lid
  • Pre-stretched canvas
  • Paint brush
  • Acrylic paint
  • Rubber cement compound
  • Old magazine
  • Shadow-box picture frame

Counter-Top Display

  • Purchase a glass jar with a lid, or use one from around your house. A completely clear glass, with no tint, will showcase your coffee beans nicely. A stainless steel lid complements the color of darker coffee beans. If you are using light beans, you may want to use a bamboo, or a wooden lid that is unfinished.

  • Purchase a Styrofoam cylinder, which you can find at craft stores, that fits in your jar. Make sure the cylinder will fit when your jar is closed, and leaves about an inch between the jar and itself all the way around.

  • Insert a hot glue stick into your hot glue gun and allow it to heat up for about five minutes. Use the hot glue gun to glue the bottom of the cylinder to the inside center of the jar. Pour your coffee beans around the cylinder, to completely fill the jar.

  • Apply hot glue to the inside rim of the lid to seal your creation. Place the lid firmly on the jar. Wipe any excess glue from the outside of the jar. Place the jar on a decorative shelf or your counter top.

Coffee Wall Art

  • Purchase a pre-stretched canvas for your base at an art supply store. Also purchase acrylic paint in a color that complements your room decor. Red is a stunning background for coffee beans. Paint your canvas with your paint and paintbrush, and allow to dry.

  • Use an old magazine that contains coffee ads or coffee related words that you can cut out. Cut them out with scissors, and attach them to your canvas with rubber cement. Use words like "Java" or "Joe" and pictures of coffee cups with steam.

  • Place small globs of rubber cement onto various areas of the canvas, and place your coffee beans onto the globs. Allow your glue to dry completely and use an aerosol spray sealant to cover the entire canvas. The result will be a collage perfect for your kitchen or breakfast nook.

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