Cute centerpiece idea. You will need a large container and then a smaller container that can nestle inside the larger container. The large container will hold your lovely legumes while the smaller container will actually hold the flowers and the water. Once you have both containers in place, slowly pour your beans of choice into the space between both containers; keep the smaller vase centered as best as you possibly can. As soon as the beans are snugly set, let your imagination run wild!
4th of July Carnation Balls 1) Saturate a 3-inch sphere of floral foam with cool water. 2) Insert short carnation stems — cut to an inch below the calyx in a concentric, coiling pattern until the sphere is almost covered. 3) Display carnation balls individually, or cluster balls of varying sizes & color — on a favorite vase or tray to create a centerpiece. 4) Place sphere with its "bald spot" in a saucer of cool water; refresh daily and it will last a week.