This was a quick and fun 4th of July decoration! I think it turned out pretty nicely. I filled the vase with 3 colors of water beads, as you can see. Each layer is separated with a thin piece of plastic wrap so the colors don't fade together. Wrap the floral stem bases with plastic wrap as well so the tiny exposed metal part doesn't create rust in the beads. Yes, I've had this happen and the package of water beads recommends wrapping the stems. Simply follow the steps on the water beads. I waited overnight so the beads were as full of water as possible.