Designing With Deco Beads – Everything You Need To Know Want to learn how to create fabulous event centerpieces using Deco Beads? It's pretty easy once you know these secrets.

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Designing With Deco Beads – Learn Everything You Need To Know When Working With Them

If you want your wedding and event designs to stand out, then you need to see this video by J Schwanke, featuring the use of Deco Beads.

J teaches you all of the basics for hydrating and working with them that need to know, especially if you have never used them before.

Just imagine how easily you can create fabulous event centerpieces, by incorporating a few of J’s favorite tips, tricks, and secrets for designing with Deco Beads.

Whether you are a seasoned pro or a relatively new DIY floral designer, this on-point video deals with some of the issues with prepping and working with water beads.

It even contains a few insider tips and tricks that took me by surprise!

I think you’re going to really enjoy this vid, whether you do wedding and event work for a living, or just want ideas for DIY wedding centerpieces. Take a look and see if you agree!

Deco Bead Basics

As you can see, Deco Beads are easy to work with, and can really add a “wow” factor to weddings and other event designs. One thing I liked was the use of multiple layers and LEDs in the same vase. I thought that was a cool twist.

Now that you’ve seen the basics of working with water beads, I’ll bet you can’t wait to try these design ideas out for yourself.

Where can I find Deco Beads?

Deco Beads can easily be found online. You can find a good selection on Amazon, and I’ve seen them at Hobby Lobby, but there are a lot of other dealers listed on the manufacturers website you can check out as well.

You can probably also get them through your local florist. Always my favorite choice!

There are other water bead products out there, but I recommend you stick with the original Deco Beads. From my experience, they work as advertised with no surprises.

Just be sure to follow the directions on the package, especially when it comes to adding the proper amount of Deco Beads and water. If you’re not sure, these conversion charts will help.

Using Deco Beads In Event Designs

Deco Beads are available in a variety of colors, so you’ll be sure to find some that will complement the color palette you are working with.


Be sure to check out the color-fastness of the Deco Beads you are using. Stronger colors, like red and orange, are not colorfast. Avoid placing containers directly onto linens to prevent staining them.

For added interest, they also come in a variety of shapes, including stars, hearts, and shells.

Depending on the size of Deco Beads you are using, you will need to allow 24 to 72 hours for fully hydrating them. Be sure to factor that into your design timeline.

Water Beads or Water Source?

Keep in mind that water beads are for decorative use only. They do not replace the need for a water source when adding fresh flowers. A separate water source still needs to be used.

Clear floral water tubes are the most common water source used for fresh flowers. Containers need to be filled with at least a 3 to 4-inch layer of water beads to conceal the tube. If you are only using a few flower stems, as in the image below, this is the easiest water source to use.


Some designers will add an inch or two of water directly into the container, but doing that causes the water beads to become transparent below the water level. Personally, I don’t like that look, so I prefer using water tubes. But either way is fine. It’s a matter of personal taste.

If you plan on illuminating your arrangements, you can find LED lights (with and without remotes) at great prices on Amazon, eBay, as well as a host of hobby, craft and party stores.

Most professional florists use Floralytes by Acolyte, but there are a lot of other private label brands of lights available. You won’t have any trouble finding them.

Can Deco Beads Be Reused?

If you want to save and reuse them, drain off any water and store them in a container. You will need to keep them clean and rehydrate them every 8 weeks or so until you are ready to reuse them.

Personally, I don’t save hydrated Deco Beads because it’s more cost-effective for me to just use new ones. If I do have extras, I just mix them in with some potting soil and add them to the plants in my flower beds.

Avoid disposing of them by flushing or pouring beads down the drain, as they could possibly cause clogs in your drain pipes.

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