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Coffee with Tealights, Please

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What is this blog all about?  Aside from photography of course.  Yes it is all about repurposing and upcycling and today I have a doozy for you all. I am going to repurpose the coffee beans you see below.  

Yes I will make a quick coffee with tealights craft.

Because who doesn’t love the smell of coffee permeating the house?  

coffee beans, Coffee with Tealights please
Many of you may know that I am in New York as I write this visiting my sons.  I’ve spend the past week umm, tiding up, for lack of a more harsh word.  The other day I opened the cupboard and saw this.  My son would be vexed if he knew I was showing you his cupboard but I have a reason for my madness… anyway we won’t tell him.  

​There must be at least 10 boxes of tea in there.  I’m glad that he is a tea drinker.  But what you don’t see is the number of bags of coffee that were in there before I tidied up (I wasn’t going to show you that picture, I care too much about all of you).  There must have been at least 6 bags full of ground coffee.  They were from Fairway and I am in the process of enjoying all their delightful flavors, but there was also one bag that had a surprise. Yes it had coffee beans.  

My son no longer drinks coffee and I already had plenty of bags to consume while visiting.  After all I don’t want to end up with frazzled nerves.  My son’s friend, who was visiting, persuaded me to repurpose the beans, it would have been a shame to just throw them out. 

cupboard with lots of coffee and tea, Coffee with Tealights please

​My friend Debbie of Debbie Doo’s had made a cute burlap art work with coffee beans. This was adorable, unfortunately it was above my skill set!  And so I went looking around the house and this is what I found:

This is a Droppar container from Ikea.  It comes with a lid but what I like about it is the band of frosted glass it has in the middle. 
Droppar container, Coffee with Tealights please
This is a pretty white dish or tray I found.  Not sure what it is but I like the simplicity of it. 
dish tray, Coffee with Tealights please
While I was out at Michael’s I bought a bunch of white tea lights.  But as I was cleaning out the shelves I found a box full of these pretty blue ones.  
tealights n blue and white, Coffee with Tealights please
I placed the container and the blue tea lights in the dish like this. 
tealights and container placed on tray, Coffee with Tealights please
And I added the coffee beans inside the container.  I carefully placed the tea light on top. 
coffee beans added in container, Coffee with Tealights please
And then for fun I threw some more into the dish and on the tea lights. 
more beans sprinkled around tray, Coffee with Tealights please
And I lit the tea lights….
lighting the tealights, Coffee with Tealights please
… all of them!
blue lit tealight, Coffee with Tealights please
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Now I know this project is not for all of us.  But I had to use up those coffee beans!
overhead view, Coffee with Tealights please
Call me lazy for not going to find the bean grinder.  But really, do I need that much coffee in my house?  I already had ground coffee, and lots of it.  

I think this was a much better way to repurpose those coffee beans. 

yummy smell of beans permeated the house, Coffee with Tealights please
And the best part?

The house smells like coffee!

beans melting into the tealight, Coffee with Tealights please
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using beans with tealights to make a pretty candle centerpiece and to make the house smell yummy, Coffee with Tealights please
I have a confession to make.  At the start of this project I was looking to make something pretty.  I did not expect the added benefit of the yummy coffee scent.  

For lots more fun projects go and check out Debbie Doo’s blog here. 

I am so happy with how this quick Coffee with Tealights project turned out.  Would you ever try something like this or have you in the past?  

Repurposing coffee beans with tealights to create a centerpiece that smells as yummy as it looks.
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Linda at Mixed Kreations

Sunday 10th of February 2019

I can smell the coffee beans all the way down here in Texas. LOL !!! Clever idea for using up the coffee beans with the unexpected added aroma of coffee.


Wednesday 18th of January 2017

Well Mary it couldn't be any cuter and simple than that. You most certainly have the skill set btw😃 You just didn't try it.


Thursday 19th of January 2017

Thank you so much Debbie. I will most definitely have to give stencils a try!

Michelle - Happy Heart Made

Wednesday 18th of January 2017

Thanks Mary!!! I found an old container of coffee beans and was wondering how to incorporate with candles...never thought about just topping off the tea light with some--brilliant!!! I can smell the wonderful aroma now!!! :)


Thursday 19th of January 2017

Michelle it is two days later and the smell is all around me even though I haven't let them again. It was a big hit.


Wednesday 18th of January 2017

Your imagination is the key to this splendid repurpose! I would never have thought of it, but the idea is brilliant. I love coffee and to smell it is enticing to me. I know the beans are already roasted, but was wondering if they would burn in the tealights? I suppose that the melted wax would prevent this from happening. The little Droppar container from Ikea is lovely resting in that white tray, the perfect combination with the tealights and coffee beans. Hope you are enjoying your visit here, but don't work to hard- relax and take lots of pictures! Thank-you for this wonderful post.


Thursday 19th of January 2017

I waited to burn the tealights before answering you. You are absolutely right. The wax burned off and all that was left was the dried beans. No explosions of any kind. But while the beans were inside the melted wax the scent was incredible. I am having a great time but I've also got to feed this here blog. I should be able to get some fun pics next week when I go into the city.


Wednesday 18th of January 2017

I can smell those coffee beans I do believe! Hugs and blessings, Cindy


Thursday 19th of January 2017

Two days later and still going strong.

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