How to Decorate a Coffee Mug With Coffee Beans

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31-01-2017, 13:54
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What better way to declare to the world that you are a serious coffee drinker than to decorate a coffee mug with real coffee beans? Read the steps below to learn two easy ways to use coffee beans to express your love of coffee.

Make a Coffee Mug Look Like it is Made Out of Coffee Beans

  1. Sort through your coffee beans and throw away any broken pieces.
  2. Apply household glue with a glue brush to the inside of the mug handle.
  3. Press coffee beans onto the glue, covering the entire inside of the handle.
  4. Let the glue dry for at least an hour.
  5. Brush the glue on the outside and side of the mug handle.
  6. Press the coffee beans onto the rest of the handle, covering all spaces.
  7. Allow the glue to dry for an hour.
  8. Apply household glue with a glue brush to one side of your coffee mug.
  9. Quickly press coffee beans, one at a time, to the gluey area. Place the beans any which way, taking care that each bean abuts another so that the surface of the coffee mug is completely covered.
  10. Allow the glue to dry for at least 1 hour.
  11. Gently hold the side of the mug you have covered in coffee beans in the palm of your hand.
  12. Apply the glue to the undecorated side of the mug and stick coffee beans all over the glue, again making sure that the beans nudge up against each other so that every inch of space on the mug is covered.
  13. Set the mug aside and allow the glue to dry for at least 1 hour.
  14. Preserve and protect your decorated mug by lightly spraying the coffee beans with a fixative spray.
  15. Gently place your coffee bean mug on a display shelf when the fixative has dried.

Decorating a Glass Coffee Mug

  1. Shop for a glass coffee mug and a Styrofoam cylinder. The cylinder has to be slightly smaller than your mug.
  2. Insert the cylinder into your mug and make sure there is at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) of space between the cylinder and the glass because the coffee beans will be placed between the two.
  3. Attach the Styrofoam cylinder to your coffee mug.
    • Heat up a glue stick in your hot glue gun for a few minutes.
    • Apply the hot glue to the inside bottom of your coffee mug, right in the center.
    • Allow the glue to harden.
  4. Drop the coffee beans between the outside of the cylinder and the inside of the glass, filling the beans to the top of the mug so that they reach just under the rim of the mug. The beans will stay between the glass and the Styrofoam cylinder.
  5. Display your coffee bean coffee mug in your kitchen.

Decorating a Coffee Cup and Saucer

  1. Collect an assortment of coffee beans that you want to use as decorations for your coffee cup set.
  2. Apply the coffee beans with your hot glue gun by applying a dab of glue to one side of each bean and sticking it to the outside of the mug and saucer in a pattern of your choosing.
  3. Wait for the glue to set before transferring the cup and saucer to a shelf.


  • Make a quick, temporary display of decorated coffee mugs by filling a few glass coffee mugs with coffee beans and displaying them as a centerpiece. Don’t allow them to sit out too long or the beans will lose their flavor.
  • You can find Styrofoam cylinders at crafts stores or in the craft section of larger department stores.
  • Use tweezers to hold the coffee beans or other small decorating objects when you are applying the hot glue.
  • Buy stickers with pictures of coffee beans or coffee cups and simply stick them on your cup.
  • Use a solid colored cup and saucer set so that your design doesn’t clash with any pre-painted patterns.


  • Read the directions before operating a glue gun and keep the glue gun out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Mugs (and saucers) that are decorated with coffee beans are not meant to be used for coffee consumption. Even if you use a small, simple arrangement of coffee beans on one side of your mug, repeatedly filling your mug with hot coffee will affect the glue adhesion, and your mug will be difficult, if not impossible, to wash.

Things You’ll Need

  • Glass coffee mug
  • Styrofoam cylinder
  • Glue sticks
  • Glue gun
  • Household glue and glue brush
  • Plain coffee mug
  • Coffee cup and saucer set
  • Tweezers
  • Coffee beans (at least 1 1/2 cups of beans, depending on the size of your mug)
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