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4th of July Topiary


It is about time for the 4th of July, and I am in dire need of some quick, easy to make, Patriotic décor.  When I came across this post I thought it would be a cute idea for the 4th of July, as it kind of reminded my of fireworks.  It could also work easily for any holiday, or even an everyday piece, depending on how you did it and the color scheme you chose.  For as little as $3.00 (depending on what materials you may already have), and in less than 30 minutes, you can make a cute, inexpensive piece of Patriotic décor as well.

NOTE: When I started this project, I was just going to make the topiary, and set it in black beans in a small vase.  Then I decided the died beans would be fun, and more festive.  But then when I finished the topiary, it was too big for the vase I had, so the final product is in a larger hurricane, with plan white beans, and the colored beans ended up being used elsewhere.


Dried beans of choice – ($4.94)

Food coloring

46 Cupcake liners – ($2.98)

stick or skewer

Glue gun and glue sticks

newspaper or Styrofoam ball

Clear Glass vase or Hurricane



Since I did not have a Styrofoam ball, I balled up some newspaper, like in the post I found…MUCH cheaper, and just as easy! Then put your skewer in it.  You could paint it first, I just kept mine the natural wood color.


I then scrunched up my liners, so they could easily be glued onto the ball.


Then you start gluing away.  You can do it as tight or as loose as you like.


Mine ended up not quite as uniform as I would have liked, but it still worked fine.


If you want to do the colored beans, just put the desired amount of white beans in a small Ziploc bag.

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Add a few drops of coloring, and enlist your kids to massage or shake the bag until you get the color you want.


Spread beans out on waxed paper to dry.

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When dry, layer in your container how you wish.  I was going for the American Flag look, with the red, white, then blue.


Add your topiary, and you are set! (Or in my case it wasn’t quite the right look, so I changed it from my original plan).



  1. Love it! And such a great project to work on with the kids!

    • Thanks Leslie, I thought it was so cute, so easy, and perfect for ANY holiday! Have fun making your own!!


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