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Making a Mural from Beans


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

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Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 1 mural

Supplies:

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Steps:

  1. Use your paints to make the base of your mural on your canvas and allow to dry. Make sure you don't have any lines that are thinner than your beans that you will put on top later.
  2. Making a Mural from Beans - paint base for mural on the canvas, make sure no areas are smaller than your beans, allow to dry
     
  3. When your paint is totally dry, apply some white glue to one paint colour.
  4. Making a Mural from Beans - once the paint is dry apply white glue to an area
     
  5. Spread the glue around, then add the matching coloured beans on top in one layer.
  6. Making a Mural from Beans - spread the glue around and add the beans of a matching color
     
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  7. Work your way around until you've covered the area with that colour of beans.
  8. Making a Mural from Beans - fill the area
     
  9. Start adding glue to your next section of paint.
  10. Making a Mural from Beans - add glue to the next section
     
  11. Keep gluing the beans on in the matching colours.
  12. Making a Mural from Beans - continue glueing the beans onto the colored areas
     
  13. Go around the mural edges to find any bits that need beans to make it look polished. Allow glue to dry, then coat with a layer of acrylic sealer.
  14. Making a Mural from Beans - check edges for gaps that need a bean added, add sealer once the glue is completely dry
     
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March 15, 20190 found this helpful

Absolutely beautiful mural!

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March 16, 20190 found this helpful

Thank you, Michelle! I'm super happy with it-- nice pop in the kitchen :)

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