At last – coffee bean crafts you can make (and a giveaway)

With a blog named Crafts ‘n Coffee, you’d think I’d have featured coffee bean crafts a long time ago, yes? How have I not shared a craft or two made with coffee beans? I’m on it now with several coffee themed crafts made with my favorite bean, the aromatic coffee bean. I started summer with a Patriotic Topiary by Anastasia Pollack, craft editor and amateur sleuth, and I’ll end the season with Anastasia’s Espresso Bean Topiary — and a Crafts & Coffee Giveaway. To make up for lost time, I have a tutorial to make a Coffee Bean Christmas Ornament, too. Go grab your mug and read on! (Please note: This giveaway is closed.) 

Yummy coffee bean crafts over on For the coffee fanatic in your life! Anastasia Pollack is the lead character in the crafty mystery series written by Lois Winston. Anastasia has a blog where she shares the tutorial to make this Espresso Bean Topiary. Anastasia is also featured in today’s Crafts & Coffee Giveaway . . .

Espresso Bean Topiary -- get the tutorial from Anastasia Pollack, craft editor and amateur sleuth and star in Lois Winston's crafty mystery series.

Anastasia’s Espresso Bean Topiary.

The trio of French Roast Christmas Trees is a variation on the theme, and you’ll find the tutorial to DIY these on

Yummy coffee bean topiaries over on Crafts 'n Coffee (of course!)

French Roast Christmas Trees. The rich brown, coffee color is perfect for fall, too.

The Coffee Bean Ornament is a great gift idea for teachers, neighbors, or any coffee fanatic in your life (maybe that’s you?). If you skip the hanger, you could also pile these in a bowl and display them year-round. Here’s the tutorial.

I bet this Coffee Bean Ornament smells yummy. Leave off the hanger and tassel and display year-round, too. Tutorial on

Leave off the tassel and ornament hanger and display a group of these Coffee Bean Deco Spheres year round.

To make a Coffee Bean Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 3” ball
  • Acrylic craft paint in dark brown
  • Acrylic sealer, glossy
  • Roasted coffee beans, about 3/4 C.
  • Ribbon, 1-1/2” wide in gold
  • Tassel
  • Gold cord, 4″ (for hanging)
  • Ornament cap in gold
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; chopstick or wood skewer; 1″ flat paintbrush

To make a Coffee Bean Ornament:

1. Insert the chopstick or wood skewer into the bottom of the ball and use as a handle. Paint the ball brown. (You’ll cover the hole in Step 5.)

2. Once the paint is dry, insert the metal ornament cap into the ball, and glue in place.

3. Starting at top, glue coffee beans around the metal cap. Continue gluing on coffee beans in circular rows till the ball is covered. Let glue dry.

4. Spray the ornament with the sealer.

5. Hot glue the tassel to the bottom of the ornament, covering the hole you made in Step 1.

6. Tie the ribbon in a bow and glue to the top of the ornament.

7. Thread cord through the ornament cap, and knot ends to form a loop. Glue knot to ornament.

Now, about that Crafts & Coffee Giveaway, which includes a few summertime memories, and coffee, of course. Here are the details:

The Crafts & Coffee Giveaway over on

Win these goodies!

  • When I featured Anastasia’s Patriotic Topiary back in May, I mentioned that I had another one of her books to give away – Crafty Crimes, a trio of mini mysteries.
  • Do you remember Eileen Hull’s visit this summer, and the pretty, Coffee Filter Flower Wreath we made? I am including the summer issue of Where Women Create with the full-page feature about Eileen and her Paper Trail road trip.
  • And two bags of Starbuck’s coffee – ground, not whole beans. If you like, pass one bag on to a crafty friend, and suggest that she follow along with Crafts ‘n Coffee, too.

To win the Crafts & Coffee Giveaway, tell me what you’re crafting right now. Leave your comment by the end of day Monday, August 25, and I’ll announce the giveaway winner on Tuesday, August 26.

Here’s a little peek at something I’m working on, and you’ll see a lot more of these in a few weeks . . .

Cute candy corn made with Styrofoam brand foam! Crafts to follow soon on

I have plans for these babies!

Happy crafting (and coffee).

**Please note: This Giveaway is Closed!**


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61 Responses to At last – coffee bean crafts you can make (and a giveaway)

  1. Holly Tess says:

    I am making many crafts with coffee for Christmas.

  2. Lisa Higgins says:

    I love the smell if coffee and I bet these smell great! So pretty. I can’t wait to make them.

  3. kbedeshko says:

    I am currently working on mason jar candle/flower holders. I am wrapping them in burlap and lace on top of that. Then I am applying a ribbon bow and pear bead at the top of the jar.

  4. studiorose says:

    Oh, these look very cool and I’ll bet they smell amazing. Right now I’m working on altering a heart-shaped glass bottle I found at the thrift store. I love recycling!

  5. Sue Wilde says:

    I’m planning on making a candle holder with shells and blue and white beads, if I can’t get sea glass, based on your shell and sea glass tutorial – looks so lovely. Love the idea of a coffee bean ball – great idea for a different Christmas ornament!

    • Sharon says:

      I think the blue and white beads would be pretty mixed in with your seashells. Have you checked your local craft store? They usually carry sea glass. Thanks so much for reading Crafts ‘n Coffee, Sue. Sharon

  6. rfnancy says:

    Sewing and Quilting Christmas Gifts that I am using for a Blog Hop in September. I just Love all your Projects you share, especially the ones using Ruffles. Thanks for the Give Away!!

  7. Chris says:

    I am quilting but I really like the coffee bean trees and ornaments. I can smell this already. Wonder if you can paint some of them to add some color on the trees like lights?

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks so much for stopping in, Chris. Absolutely you could paint these — try a brush-on acrylic craft paint. You can spray paint them, too, as long as it’s a spray paint that’s safe for foam. Sharon

  8. karen608 says:

    A friend who is moving away gave me some very large sand dollars from Mexico she had collected. I cleaned them up, and painted white, and tomorrow I am going to tie them to twine, and make a garland for my sea and sky colored bathroom. I’ll use command hooks to hang them over top of the little window. Every time I see it I will think of Joanna, far away.

    • Sharon says:

      I love this idea, and the sweet memories you’ll have of your friend. It will be nice to think of warm, sunny beaches in the middle of winter, too. Sharon

  9. Paula Collins says:

    I have learned to knit so I have made 3 felted purses. I am working on fabric hexie coasters. Also quart jars with fabric pockets. Some for birthday some for Christmas.

  10. Rebecca Stoudt says:

    I am making angels out of bow tie pasta. Foe tree ornaments

  11. Donna Baker says:

    I am embroidering pillowcases for my neighbors, they have been so good to me since I lost my mom and dad. Would love to try to make the coffee bean trees, I love the smell of coffee.

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Donna, it sounds like you have wonderful neighbors, and I am sure they will treasure your handmade, embroidered pillowcases. Thanks so much for sharing what you’re working on right now. Sharon

  12. Madeline says:

    I’m finally finishing up a counted cross stitch project I started a long time ago. It’s a medieval castle and one of the most difficult ones I’ve tried to date!

    • Sharon says:

      Three cheers to you for finishing up a UFO. I love counted cross-stitch, too and it does take a lot of time. I’m sure it will be beautiful when it’s done. Sharon

  13. jessica eapen says:

    i just picked up a new glue gun so i’m busily making hairbands for back to school

  14. I´m making a coat for myself and a scrapbook of this summer 😛

  15. I love the coffee bean crafts! How about a coffee bean covered monogram? That could be fun! The project I am working on now is a square version of a dream catcher with old book page paper flowers. I am going to hang it near my bookshelf/library. My next project is probably going to be a t-shirt rag quilt. Happy crafting to you as well!

  16. Elizabeth says:

    Halloween costume for a dog

  17. LisaM6 says:

    I’ll bet those smell great. Right now I am working on crafts for the fall shows. I am trying to figure out how to make the volleyball ornament.

  18. As a teacher, I’ve been busy crafting back to school crafts to use in my classroom. Your “Welcome to School” wreath is on my to do list for a new teacher to our district.

  19. I’m working on 3 crochet projects with deadlines.

  20. Cheri Oggy says:

    Actually, my grandchildren and I are working on Halloween crafts.

  21. Sar Tann says:

    These are beautiful and I can just smell the deep rich aroma of these projects. I usually just leave some of the beans in a bowl so I can smell them, there also pretty so that’s the other bonus. I really like the ornament and topiary projects. I’m now wondering how many beans it’ll take to make a wreath. I can smell it now. ummmmmmmmm 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      I love your idea to create a coffee bean wreath! The rich brown is perfect for this season. If you make one, be sure to share it with us. Happy crafting. Sharon

  22. Jane says:

    Sharon, these coffee bean topiaries are beautiful!! I am tempted to not spray them with sealer–LOVE the smell of coffee beans. I am trying to get motivated for our annual church Holly Fair in November. I think you just motivated me…..need to make some of these beautiful ornaments. Jane

    • Sharon says:

      I love the smell, too. There’s nothing better in the morning. Have fun with these — I think they would be pretty popular at the church sale! Thanks so much for stopping in. Sharon

  23. barbara n says:

    I am crafting gifts for my first granddaughters birthday…stuffed blocks and felt doll!

  24. Susan Samuel says:

    All things related to paper with regards to my daughter’s wedding. Any unusual ideas for a woodland wedding?

  25. I love the look of the coffee beans! They have such a great gloss to them already and they probably smell AWESOME!!! What a treat it would be to have some Starbucks Coffee to sip on while I read the Mystery book and devour that awesome magazine!!
    Right now I have a few things going on Craft wise. I am working on a HUGE 106 page project that I am chipping away at little by little. Some days I will get 6, 8 or 10 or more pages done then I will go a week or two with no inspiration for it at all.
    I also just read about a book makeover that I am itching to try so that will probably get thrown into the mix. I have a bunch of cards that are screaming to get out of my mind and onto cardstock and have a couple canvases that I need to finish. I have a frame that I am making for a challenge that is due tomorrow so that is the most pressing item right now.
    I am waiting for some Styrofoam to arrive so that I can start on a few wall art projects from this site and cannot wait to get started on them! It should be here tomorrow or Thursday so I am quite excited!!
    Now my health has to cooperate so I can get all of my projects done and start new ones! LOL I could use the coffee and reading material to take a break and relax from getting these all done! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win some awesome goodies!! See you next post!

  26. Angie says:

    It’s Christmas in August at my house! I’ve been making all kinds of ornaments and trying different ideas to see what I like best. I’m pretty excited about using vinyl on glass ornaments for the first time and of course covering some Styrofoam to make ornaments as well. I didn’t know they sold just ornament toppers until I found your site! 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 Glad we could help out with your Christmas crafting frenzy! Are you making the ornaments for gifts, too? Sharon

      • Angie says:

        Oh yes! I got a cutting machine last year for Christmas so I’ve been having all kinds of fun making cards and tags. I’ve just tried vinyl for the first time so I’m very excited about making personalized ornaments for everyone, along with some other holiday decor of course.

      • Sharon says:

        Ooh, new tools, awesome! Sounds like you’re having a blast! Enjoy. Sharon

      • Jane says:

        I would love to get some done for Christmas presents!!

      • Sharon says:

        And I bet you do! Ornaments make the best gifts. Have fun. Sharon

  27. PJ says:

    Hi Sharon! Thank you for the coffee-themed giveaway. I’m a complete coffee junkie – even did my kitchen in a coffee theme! I have ginormous coffee cup planters that I’m going to fill with the espresso bean ornament, and keep up through the holiday season. Just received a Garden Gnome knitting pattern, that I’m going to do for my kitchen window. He’ll be holding a coffee cup of course, and fit right in with the theme. Meantime, I’m doing some Halloween knitting, working on a giant bat from Knit Your Own Zoo. Thanks again! PJ

  28. annehaun says:

    I am starting some Christmas crafts even though it is 98 degrees here!

  29. Donna O'Neil says:

    I am planning on starting on my fall wreath. I can’t wait to start decorating for Halloween. I am making myself wait until the day after Labor Day.

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