Make sure to preheat your glue gun about 10-15 minutes before you plan to use it, and rest it on a sturdy piece of cardboard (so the hot glue has somewhere to go when it starts to drip out of the gun). If you’d like to use a decorative bow, but you’re unsure how to tie your own bow, you can purchase a premade bow and attach it to your jar or vase by wrapping it around and securing it tightly. Since I used a pitcher, I didn’t feel it needed a bow. I went outside into my backyard and used pruning shears to cut some small tree branches (and then, using some string, bundled them tightly together in several places around the base). If you don’t want to cut your own branches, you can purchase craft branches from an online store, such as Michaels.
Once your glue gun is hot enough, choose your assorted jelly bean colors and hot glue them onto the branches. I placed a dab of hot glue on a jelly bean, positioned it on a branch, and held in place about 5-10 seconds to allow it to adhere. After all of your branches have been decorated with beautiful jelly beans, wrap the packaging paper (or newspaper) around the base of the stems and then stuff it down into the vase or pitcher, carefully nestling it in place, thereby allowing the paper to support the branches.