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7 Fun Crafts You Can Make With Old Coffee Beans

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As an avid coffee lover, you know the importance of fresh coffee beans. There's nothing like crisp, bold beans freshly ground to the perfect texture to start your morning. When they become stale, it can be difficult to move on from the tragedy. But don't be too sad - it's happened to all of us at some point. 

Fortunately, there's a silver lining that should give you some peace of mind. There are a ton of cool crafts you can make with those fallen coffee beans. You have plenty of opportunities to turn your angst into something beautiful - after all, hardship often makes for the best art. Follow this guide to using stale beans as art.

1. Magnet
Java is served in the kitchen, so why not decorate your fridge with coffee beans? You'll need a plain magnet, a piece of cardboard, a pair of scissors and glue. Simply cut cardboard into a fun shape - like a heart - and glue the back of it to the magnet. On the other side, glue as many coffee beans as necessary to cover the cardboard. Wait for it to dry completely before hanging it on the fridge for all to see.

Jazz up a plain candle with coffee beans.Jazz up a plain candle with coffee beans.

2. Candle
The only smell better than a freshly brewed batch of java is a candle made of coffee beans. Here's how to make one yourself: Chop up two mildly scented candles and pull out the wick. Then fill a pot with water and heat it up on the stove. Place candle pieces in the pot and stir occasionally while it melts. Take a small cardboard box and position the wick that you took from one of the candles in the middle of it. layer the bottom of the box with coffee beans, then pour the melted candle wax on top of it. Let it cool and harden overnight. The next morning, remove the box. The end result will be a square candle with decorative coffee beans that are as wonderfully fragrant as they are aesthetic.

3. Tea Light Holder
If you'd rather just decorate around your existing candles rather than make your own, try this approach. Fill a small bowl with coffee beans, then place a tea light in the middle. When you light the candle, the beans around it will heat up and release an invigorating fragrance that will instantly make you crave a cup of coffee.

4. Holiday Accessories
Before you know it, winter will be here. It's never too soon to start preparing for the holidays. Spend some time this season turning your old coffee beans into festive ornaments. Purchase clear ornaments from a crafts store, remove the caps from each and fill it one quarter of the way with coffee beans. You can either keep the beans in their natural state for a rustic look, or spray paint them different colors - like red, green, gold and silver - for a festive touch. 

5. Vase Filler
Filling a vase with marbles is so typical. Why not opt for coffee beans instead? As with the coffee bean ornaments, you can either keep them au natural or spray paint them a fun color that's more in line with the color scheme of your room. Throw them in a clear vase and use them to hold flowers, pens and pencils or makeup brushes. 

Make your coffee saucer more interesting.Make your coffee saucer more interesting.

6. Coffee Mug Saucer
Celebrate your coffee with coffee bean accessories. Next time you want to pour yourself a cup of cappuccino, reach for a handmade saucer decorated with beans. All you need is an old CD or DVD and some glue. Simply glue your coffee beans one by one onto the top side of your CD and allow them to try completely. Your coffee will look like it's resting on a bed of its own beans. 

7. Jewelry
Keep your beloved coffee beans close to your heart at all times by turning them into a necklace. Pick up a charm screw at a crafts store and screw it into a single coffee bean. Spray paint the bean silver, then hang it from a silver chain and voila! It's bound to become your new favorite accessory.