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!
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.
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.
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.
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 random.org 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??
Have a great weekend and happy crafting!