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Magical Beans Mosaic

This magical bean mosaic is a wonderful activity for kids and adults to do together.

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, April 2008


  • Pencil

  • Canvas boards

  • Small paintbrush

  • Craft glue

  • Dried beans

  • Ruler


  1. Start by drawing a pattern in pencil on your canvas board. You can create geometric designs, a still life, or even a portrait in dried beans -- think of it as a color-by-numbers painting.

  2. "Paint" a thin layer of glue in one area of your pattern, and sprinkle the area with colorful beans. Use a single color in each area.

  3. Use the ruler to tidy up the edges of the beans before moving on to the next area.

  4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 until the board is covered. Let dry for 1 hour.

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