Monika used beans and I didn't have any. I know what kind of Huron County housewife am I? :) I did have a bag of some decorative sand so that is what I used to fill my cello bag. Yes, you can even buy the cello bags from Stampin'Up! too. The wire stem you would need to purchase in the floral section of your discount store. I'm giving this to my hostess tonight. Shhhh don't tell her. Well I better scoot and get my clothes changed so I'm ready to leave here in a few. I'll try and post more details on this and maybe even take pics and do a mini tutorial.