Beans and spray paint, yep, that’s right. You know how a coat of spray paint can really bring something old to life… well it’s making these regular old beans really shine! Use metallic spray paint or your favorite color to make super cheap vase filler for your wedding or special event centerpieces. Add a candle, single flower, or succulent to make decor that won’t break the bank. These are also great gifts to offer your guests to take with them at the end of the night. Also, ps. SO many options for holiday decor too! So what color is your favorite, which will you try first?
These pictures came out nice but when you see these beans in person it’s weird to think that they are just beans, they look that good. Many times I go ahead and throw away decor items that I make because I can’t save everything, but I’m keeping these beans for sure!
- Beans; coffee, pinto, kidney, navy… etc.
- Glass Vases
- Spray Paint (I used Copper, Silver and Champagne Pink)
- Large Cardboard Box
Tape The Box
You’ll be spray painting the beans inside the box, so I found it easiest to tape the inner flaps down first. Otherwise the beans will get stuck underneath them.
Spray, Shake, Spray
Pour your beans into the cardboard box, making an evenly distributed layer. You don’t want them to be too thick, it’s best to have a single layer of beans. Then spray paint. Let them dry for 5 or so minutes, shake the box to reveal unpainted sides and paint again. Repeat this process 4-6 times until all sides of all beans are covered in paint.
Add Beans Around Candlesticks
Add Beans Around Potted Succulents
Add Beans Around Candles
Candle tip: save money by buying a shorter candle and propping it up on a can of food!
Smell That Coffee
The benefit to using coffee beans, although they will be more expensive, is that they still smell fabulous even through the spray paint! I was curious if the paint smell would overwhelm the coffee smell and it didn’t one bit. So if you love smelling coffee, use coffee beans!
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DIY Tutorial Credits
Photography + DIY Tutorial: Jen Causey of Something Turquoise // Coffee Beans: Amazon // Pinto Beans: Target // Vases: Amazon // Spray Paints: Amazon // Nail Polish: OPI – Withstands the Test of Thyme
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