Water Gems

For those of you that haven’t seen these, I thought I’d share them with you.  They’re called Water Gems or Aqua Beads. (We’ll be playing with them a little later on)

Water Gems Before & After

They start off very tiny when they are in their dry state.  And they come in a variety of colors to go with your home.

You can get them almost anywhere.  Michaels, JoAnn Fabrics, Walmart, Pat Catans….

Here they are in their dry form:

Water Gems/Aqua Beads

To make them plump up, you need water, and something to put it in.

Water Gems

I started off with 1 teaspoon of the Water Gems. (see how tiny they are?)

Water Gems

Then I put them into a tall Vase.

dry Water Gems in Vase

Then I added 2 cups of water to the dry Water Gems in the vase.

Water Gems in water

Water Gems-in water

I did this before I went to work.  When I got home from work, I found this:

Water Gems plump

When I drained off the water, this is what it looked like:

Water GemsWater Gems

Pretty cool, huh? They feel almost rubbery & slippery at the same time.  I guess they feel like slippery, squishy super balls.

And what do you do with them?  You use them, in place of or with water for fresh flowers.  The best part of it is that they will help to keep your blooms upright, besides making your floral arrangements look so good.  Rinse them off in-between arrangements & you can reuse them.  They also need to be watered to keep them plump or they’ll dry out & get pretty small again.

They’d also amaze the little ones in your life.  Can you imagine how big their eyes would get when they water them before they go to bed & see how big they’ve grown when they wake up?

Happy Creating everyone!



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