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Coffee Bean Candle Holders

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These coffee bean candle holders are not only super easy to make, they are pretty and smell SO good!

I, like many of you, am slowly but surely becoming addicted to Pinterest! If only I had enough time to make everything I have pinned.

But I don't.

So I chose as my first 'Pinspiration Project' a quick, easy project that I could make in just a few minutes.  Coffee Bean Candle Holders.

I ended up making two variations and love how they both turned out.  I also love that I was able to put my own spin on someone else's idea, truly using it only for 'inspiration'.

The icing on the cake was having my project featured in the July 2013 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine! Check it out...

Coffee Bean Candle Holders

What you Need |

One bag of whole coffee beans (the cheapest brand you can find is just fine!)
Four tea lights (I chose vanilla-scented)
Four half pint canning jars, mugs, teacups or bowls of your choice
Dessert plate or saucer (optional)
Ribbon, twine or raffia

What you Do |

Um, okay, you pour the coffee beans into your cup, nestle a tea light in the center, tie on some raffia or ribbon and you're done.

How easy is that?

But just in case you wanted more clear instructions, here's my technique for pouring coffee beans...

And here's how I nestled the tea lights... 

I was planning on just using these cute Ball canning jars that I had in my pantry...

A bit of twine from the cupboard lends a rustic look.

These would make a really neat gift or stocking stuffer since the lids keep everything in place, 
so they travel well.

Truly happy with my project, I then serendipitously happened upon this great pair of clear glass coffee mugs at Goodwill last week for .55 cents each.   Don't you love when that happens?

I also found two white dessert plates for $1.10 each that I couldn't pass up.

So I decided to make a second version of the candle holders.  I stopped to buy some ribbon on my way home and I love how the whole thing turned out.

The warmth of the candle releases the coffee scent in the beans, but the neat thing is that even when the candles are unlit, you can still smell the coffee beans and vanilla.  Pretty cool right?

I'm thinking these would be perfect on our Valentine's Day breakfast table too!

Here's my Good Housekeeping mention:

This article was also shared over at BuzzFeed.

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