This project is inspired by a recent tour our family took to the Jelly Belly Factory in San Francisco. They have the most amazing Jelly Bean mosaics throughout their factory. You can see portraits of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and United States Presidents, and so many more.
We love all things Harry Potter, so naturally we were excited to see our favorite famous wizard.
There are even famous pieces of art, all done in various shades of Jelly Belly jelly beans. Here is Van Gogh’s Starry Night.
The tour takes you through the entire process of how the candies are made. You even get to try out each jelly bean in the various steps of the process (like before it has it’s hard shell). You aren’t allowed to take pictures of the actual tour or the process they use to make their jelly beans, but it’s a pretty neat little tour.
You can use your own jelly beans to make a mosaic. It may not be as extravagant as a Van Gogh painting, but still really fun. Start by drawing or cutting out a basic shape from cardboard, card stock, or another thick paper. (You’ll want to use thick paper because of the weight of the jelly beans.)
You can do an Easter egg, a rainbow, a butterfly, a flower, a car – whatever simple shape you like. Pour a little bowl of white glue and simply dip one side of a jelly bean in, then adhere it to the shape. Let it dry completely and you’ll have your own jelly bean mosaic art!
A fun new way to make a classic mosaic piece of art.