Enjoy your favorite flavors of jelly beans after the party.

How to Make Jelly Bean Centerpieces

by Michelle Ullman

Brightly colored, shiny and uniformly shaped, jelly beans add a festive touch to your holiday or special-occasion table. They don't easily melt or get sticky and you can find just about any color you desire. Combine them with flowers for an easy centerpiece that won't break your budget. The most difficult part is keeping your guests from snacking on your table decorations!

Basic Directions

Set the smaller container inside the larger vase. If the smaller vase is much shorter than the outer vase, use a small block of foam or crumpled paper to elevate it to the same level.

Fill up the space between the two containers with jelly beans.

Pour water into the inner vase, filling it about halfway. Arrange flowers in the vase, with larger or taller flowers in the middle.

Tie the ribbon around the outer vase, and form a bow.

Design Ideas

Create a more formal style by using just one color of jelly bean matched to a single-color bouquet of flowers. Choose upright, large flowers like tulips, daffodils, roses or Gerbera daisies.

Alternate two or more colors of jelly beans in horizontal rows. Pour in one color at a time, creating even rows of candy. Heighten the effect by tying ribbons around the outer vase at the dividing lines between colors. Add a bouquet of flowers that complements the jelly bean colors.

Bring romance to the table with a bouquet of roses or wild flowers in soft shades of pink and white. Use a blend of pink, white and red jelly beans, and finish off the centerpiece with a large pink bow.

Liven up your table with a riot of bright jelly beans and a bouquet of colorful daisies, carnations or other hot-hued blooms.

Items you will need

  • Two similar glass vases, one smaller than the other
  • Foam block (optional)
  • Water
  • Flowers
  • Ribbon
  • Jelly beans


  • Keep jelly beans away from very young children, as they are a choking hazard.

About the Author

Living in California, Michelle Ullman is a professional writer with particular expertise in home, garden and pet/nature topics. Her work is published on many websites. She loves crafts and has a deep interest in design and DIY projects.

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