A couple weeks ago for Friday Funday we did an art project where we made mosaics using painted beans. It was such a hit that today I wanted to share more about it with you! This was a super fun (and messy) project that anyone can do. My kids had a blast with this one, so I’m sure your kids will too!
Supplies you will need:
- a bag of dry beans (we used an off brand, 2lb bag for my three girls and it was plenty)
- canvas or poster board (we used recycled cardboard pizza boxes!)
- paint (any colors you’d like)
- disposable cups or bowls (1 for each color you wish to use)
- paint brushes
- surface to dry the painted beans on that is disposable or can be easily cleaned (I used newspaper and the beans stuck to it, so I don’t recommend that!)
How to Make a Painted Bean Mosaic:
First, we added some paint to our disposable cups and stirred in some beans. Be careful with how much paint you put in because a little bit goes a long way!
Then we spread the painted beans out flat so they could dry. We used newspaper, which I do not recommend. We had issues with the beans sticking to the paper which made it a pain to get off later.
While the beans dried, we drew our pictures onto our canvases. I tried to get the girls to do simple drawings that would be easy to fill with beans and would be easy to tell what the final picture is supposed to be.
Once the beans finally dried (which took forever bc we apparently used too much paint, oops!) we started gluing them onto our pictures!
This project took a couple hours total with the painting of the beans and waiting for things to dry, but it was fun still the same!
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