Seeds and peas and moss, oh my! Stunning Deco Spheres or Ornaments au naturel! (Winner announcement, too)

Kathleen George has turned everyday seeds, peas, moss and a few more natural materials into stunning Deco Spheres or Ornaments. The subtle beauty of each natural element really shines in Kathleen’s DIY Deco Spheres. Kathleen added hanging ribbons to make ornaments, which is totally optional. Make them all, or make a dozen from just one of the materials Kathleen has used. You can’t go wrong, and Mother Nature will approve!

DIY natural material deco spheres

DIY natural Deco Spheres

Add hangers for ornaments, or simply display on their own.

To make Deco Spheres au Naturel, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4″ balls
  • Dried materials: pumpkin seeds, chili peppers, dried split peas, moss, pinecones
  • Straight pins
  • Ribbon, 12″ per ornament
  • Optional: Acrylic sealer, low gloss
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins for chili peppers

To make Deco Spheres au Naturel:

1. General directions: Working on a small section at a time, cover part of a ball with glue and glue on dried materials; continue, working on one section at a time, until the ball is covered. Let dry. Hint: Experiment to see which adhesive works best for you. Thick, white craft glue may work best for the dried split peas, pumpkin seeds and moss, as it dries more slowly, giving you more time to position the materials. Low-temp glue might work best for the chili peppers and pinecone leaves.

DIY natural Deco Spheres

The textures are beautiful!

Split Peas: Glue split peas as close together as possible. Kathleen divided her ball into alternating quadrants of yellow and green split peas. Stripes and swirls are other design options.

Pumpkin Seeds: Glue pumpkin seeds as close together as possible.

Pinecones: Cut apart a pinecone. Starting at the bottom of the ball, glue individual leaves in a row around the ball. Add another row, overlapping the first. Continue adding rows, overlapping each row, until ball is covered.

Chile Peppers: Glue peppers as close together as possible; to keep peppers in place, pin top and bottom of each pepper to the ball.

Moss: Cover ball entirely with moss. Optional: Wrap ribbon around ball, pinning at top and bottom of ball.

2. Optional: Spray ornaments with an acrylic sealer. (Do not spray the Moss Balls.)

3. Optional: Knot together ends of ribbon. Place dab of glue on top of ball and pin and glue the knot to the ball for a hanger.

DIY natural Deco Spheres

Stunning, right? While these colors and textures are lovely for fall and winter, I can’t think of a season where these wouldn’t enhance your decor.

DIY natural ornaments

What else could you use to make these Au Naturel Deco Spheres?

Now, it’s time to announce the winner of our Christmas in July giveaway. Thank you to every reader who entered and shared their crafty holiday plans. What a busy, creative group! I hope you’ll share your photos, too, so we can see the results of your hard work. I could only draw one name for the prize package, and I’m so glad that did the work for me. I could never pick just one! The winner is Lorrie Koenig. Please contact me, Lorrie, for the details.

Several of you generously asked if you could send craft supplies to Paulette, who lost her home and everything in it to a house fire. I’ve sent an e-mail to Paulette to see if she will supply her address and I’ve not yet heard back from her. So, Paulette, if you’re reading this, please contact me and we will send a bounty of supplies to you!

Thank you to all of you!

P.S. While we’re on the topic of Mother Nature, can I share a photo of my hostas?  I am so frustrated that the roving band of neighborhood thugs  deer totally decimated my hostas in a matter of days. By day, they walk through yards, down the sidewalk, and across the streets. By night, they come into my yard and eat their fill! GRRR! Has anyone successfully defended their hostas from deer? What’s the secret??

GRR! Destructive deer at work!

GRRR! My suburban neighborhood is host to a huge population of white tail deer.

Have a great weekend and happy crafting!


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18 Responses to Seeds and peas and moss, oh my! Stunning Deco Spheres or Ornaments au naturel! (Winner announcement, too)

  1. Aren’t these natural ornaments pretty! Thank you for sharing! Congrats to Lorrie Koenig!

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks, Angie. I bet you have these materials already, do you? I mentioned to another reader that Kathleen also made these spheres using herbs & spices and the colors were just yummy! So glad you stopped in! Sharon

  2. beret woodworth says:

    Flashback to the 70’s!

    • Sharon says:

      Ha, ha! What’s old is new again, like pom poms, rick rack and weaving! And there’s always macrame that tries to stage a comeback every few years . . . I like to call them “classics”. Happy crafting! Sharon

  3. I LOVE This! What a fun idea!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! Sometimes the simplest ideas, made with what you already have on hand, are the best, aren’t they? So glad you like these! Happy crafting! Sharon

  4. How pretty – I can see a tree filled with them.

  5. Beautiful ideas for ornaments today! I especially like the peppers 🌶!
    So sorry to hear about your Hostas. I have a Hosta jungle beside our bedroom deck and even though the deer walk within inches of them they have never so much as nibbled a tiny bit. I buy the big things of black pepper and shake it liberally all around the perimeter of my flower garden. I have done this for years and never had a problem. My neighbor on the other hand, doesn’t believe in the pepper trick and her Hostas ARE on the menu regularly.
    If it rains (sprinkling a bit doesn’t bother it) I redo it or every 2-3weeks I touch it up. You want to have a strip of pepper around 1″ wide and about 1/4″ tall the whole perimeter. Costco type stores sell the super size pepper container for just a few dollars or dollar stores are another place that I stock up on it. Year round I buy at least one big thing of it and stash it for Summer time so it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg all Summer if it is a rainy one like this year.
    Hope this helps take Hostas off the walk through buffet! LOL
    Congratulations to Lorrie on winning the Christmas in July prize package! So jealous of her!
    Stay cool and pepper those Hostas! See you next week!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, Barb. I’ve never heard of using pepper and I’m excited to try it — next year! I’ve nothing left to protect this year . . . I did try some sort of spray and it made no difference. So, next year I am stocking up on pepper! We’ve had a lot of rain here, too, but I like it. It means less watering! Happy crafting, Barb! Sharon

  6. Katiria says:

    Congratulations to Lorrie! 🙂
    So sad to hear about the fire, I’d like to send Paulette some items as well.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, Katiria. You all are so sweet and generous! I’ve reached out to Paulette and have not yet heard back from her . . . I hope she’s checking her e-mail! I will let you know when I hear from her. Thank you, again! xo, Sharon

  7. annehaun says:

    Loove these spheres – congrats to Lorrie! .

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