Making Mosaics With Dry Foods

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November 25, 2009
Mosaic made with rice and beans. This was a kindergarten project that my son had this year. My older son remembered doing it a few years before and wanted to do another one. Before we knew it, the whole family was making one. It was very fun and I think they turned out nicely.

A turkey made from seeds, grains and other pantry staples.


I ransacked my spice cabinet and pantry for any interestingly shaped or colored items. Then, we used white glue to stick them down. You could use it directly out of the bottle but I watered it down slightly and used paintbrushes to get it in just the right spots.Be careful, this is a messy one and the spices can get a little overpowering if the kids use too heavy a hand. When you are finished with one section, just tap off the excess. We started tapping directly into the garbage after awhile.


Here is a list of my favorite items to use. I only used food items but there is no reason you couldn't use glitter, pebbles, sticks or anything else.

  • wild rice
  • white rice (long or short grain)
  • lentils
  • navy beans
  • pastas
  • coffee, ground and beans
  • peppercorns
  • sea or coarse salt
  • popcorn
  • ground spices (cinnamon, cumin, mustard
  • red pepper flakes
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  • whole spices (coriander, anise, cloves)
  • oatmeal
  • cereal (cheerios, rice krispies)
  • barley
Just be sure to use things that are dried and will not mold or are too heavy for the glue to hold.

Leave time for it to dry, overnight or a couple of days if it has a lot of glue.

This project could be adapted to several different projects but I think the pantry ingredients suit themselves especially well to Thanksgiving and autumn.


Have fun!

Jess in Oregon

Editor's Note: Print out a clip art or use a turkey coloring book page for this project. Clear lines and sections will work best.

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March 15, 2019

I was cleaning out my pantry and found tons of really old bags of dried beans with very little left in them. Even though they were dated, and some rather dusty, they looked pretty in their natural colours, side by side.


I decided to turn them into this mural for my kitchen. To make this, you just need some paints that are close in colour to your beans.

Making a Mural from Beans - heart shape with radiating black and white lines

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July 1, 2012

Old beans, corn, and rice can make a great mosaic design hanging.

Abstract design mounted to shallow round basket.

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November 11, 2020

Let the kids make a beautiful mosaic of a puppy, using materials from the pantry. Using different textures provides an ideal opportunity for fine motor and sensory stimulation, so this activity also allows ample learning opportunities.

Kids' Artwork - Sweet Puppy Mosaic  - completed mosaic of dog with long floppy ears

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