Celebrate the colors of fall with this fun craft for kids! Use dried beans of all types to create beautiful mosaics with fall leaves, acorns, pumpkins, and more.
This is an enjoyable art project, and also really great for fine motor skills and focus.
This is perfect for a rainy day, or any time that you want a quiet indoor activity!
Display the completed mosaics by using them to make a table centerpiece, or punch holes in them and make them ornaments to hang. (I would punch the holes before adding the beans.)
Supplies Needed for Fall Bean Mosaics:
- Cardboard – we used corrugated cardboard from shipping boxes.
- Glue – we used Tacky Glue. Elmer’s Glue (pva glue) would also work.
- Dried beans
- Scissors or an X-Acto knife
While shopping for groceries, I grabbed this bag of 16 bean soup mix. I can’t even name all the types of beans that came in this bag! Some of them are lentils, which I guess are not technically beans, but legumes. For the sake of simplicity, I’m calling them all beans in this post!
I supplemented our bag of bean soup with a bag of red lentils because we wanted the orange color.
Janie and I enjoyed sorting the beans. We got out ALL the plastic bowls and went to work!
Then it was time to make mosaics!
I cut fall shapes out of cardboard. We did three different leaf shapes, an acorn, and a pumpkin.
If you want to do any outlining or vein lines on the leaves, I would recommend creating those details first.
Then fill in the main color of the leaf. We applied glue in sections and then covered the glue areas with beans.
Let the glue dry, and that’s all there is to it!
Oh! One more tip, though. It can be hard to cut cardboard with scissors, especially if you have any detail to your shapes. I found it easier too cut out our mosaics with an X-Acto knife. But that is DEFINITELY an adult or teen job. They are very sharp!
The pumpkin might be my favorite mosaic. Because the red lentils were so tiny, I just sprinkled them on and then pressed them into the glue.
Have fun making bean mosaics! Need more fall kids craft ideas? We’ve fun pumpkin crafts, fall leaf art ideas, and more.
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