Introduction: Quick, and Easy Mexican Jumping Bean

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 This is how to make a Mexican Jumping Bean out of tin/aluminum foil. The mexican jumping bean is a toy that bobbles in your hand aimlessly. Show them to your friends and maybe make a few bucks selling them too!

Step 1: Materials:

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Tin/aluminum Foil


Colored Foil
Coin (to flatten foil)
Thick pen/marker

Step 2: Prepare the Foil

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Cut out a rectangular piece of foil measuring about 7cm by 12cm. Roll the foil around your finger, a thick pen, a marker etc. depending on how big your marble is. Now you should have a cylinder-like piece of foil.

Step 3: Inserting Marble and Finishing Bean

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Place marble inside of your foil. Make sure that there is enough room for your marble to move back and forth throughout the foil. Close up the sides of the foil with the marble in it. Make sure you do not dent the bean or else the marble will not be able to move throughout the foil. Test it by shaking the bean to make sure the marble can move freely. Remember the bean is fragile!

Step 4: Get Cup/bowl

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Put your bean inside of your cup/bowl and shake it for about 20-30 seconds. The edges of the bean should become a little bit smoother. Test once again to make sure the marble is moving inside of the foil. Notice how smooth the edges are now.

Step 5: Enjoy!

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Now play with it! Toss it from one hand to another, shake your hand around etc. Amaze your friends with your new, mystic bean!


Howto246 (author)2015-03-24

those were horibble

Air_Assassin (author)2010-12-18

Better than mighty beanz

What do u mean there cheaper

yeah theyre really not better

Win Guy (author)Air_Assassin2011-06-16

Really? Well, then - I'm gonna have to try this!

Air_Assassin (author)Win Guy2011-06-21


freeza36 (author)2011-12-20

this is how "might beanz" work

scientificiant (author)2010-04-09

Very interesting and fun. Real Mexican jumping beans are difficult to find these days. I did find a website where you can buy Mexican jumping beans at  They are hilarious!

freeza36 (author)scientificiant2011-12-20

when I had to stay the night at the dallas/fort worth airport, i sa that they were sold there

happyjo (author)scientificiant2011-02-07

:D I bought some of these in an airport!

OMG! Same!

Air_Assassin (author)happyjo2011-04-12


I remember buying them from truck stops as a kid.

thrashermanTotalDIY (author)2011-12-19

Ummmm. Mexican jumping beans are ALIVE. Tin foil and a marble is not. Lemme get my nerdy self in. Mexican jumping beans are dried out beans, with a worm or maggot inside, and they actually jump. Your ible is for something similar to Mighty Beanz. Overall, this ible saves money, and is great.just to get your facts straight!

ThaAWESOMEducttapeguy (author)2011-06-03

foil is second only to DUCT TAPE!!!!

Air_Assassin (author)2011-04-12


sapphireonyx100 (author)2010-10-27

Don't have any foil :(
Any alternatives?

nope :(

theweaponsexpert (author)2010-09-26


rimar2000 (author)2009-10-22

Nice toy, good indtructable.

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