Geometric "topiaries" inspired by the paper sculptures of Isamu Noguchi stand on both sides of this swimming pool. A few white plastic beach balls tied to weighted lines float in the pool like pearls cut loose from a giant strand (for safety, never cover the surface of a pool with a large number of balls).
Bamboo stick or dowel, 6 feet long and 1 inch in diameter
When twilight follows the sunset this Fourth of July, you can add a bit of illumination to the festivities by transforming different-size glass containers into patriotic votives. The process is simple, and all the required materials are easily available at local crafts stores.
Use ti leaves to dress up a plain ice bucket for the perfect way to serve drinks at your luau. To decorate other items, such as tall candles, place leaves vertically against the outside of the candleholder. Or, wrap a ti leaf horizontally around votives.