Here is a slightly different slant on these round designs. This orb is made from dried and fresh flowers, nuts, seeds, cones, pods, roses, pine and a top sprig of kiwi vine. One year it sported red roses, another year…
….. tiny white sweetheart roses and fresh pine. The main body of the orb is a textural conglomeration of whatever pods and nuts and cones suit your fancy. Since I no longer have this, I am guessing that the reds were faux pods. Almost all of it was put on with a glue gun.
The materials for this are an 8”D Styrofoam ball and a piece of Oasis. First cut a slice off the bottom so it will sit. Then, like cutting a melon wedge, cut a piece out of the Styrofoam. With the removed piece as a guide, cut a similar shape from the Oasis to fit in the opening in the Styrofoam. It needn’t fit perfectly – the fresh materials will hide it. To keep the Oasis from soaking in the Styrofoam, line the opening with a piece of plastic wrap, cutting the edges to fit. You can remove this and store the orb for another time. Use a fresh oasis each time.
Another way to do this is with only one type of material on the main orb. I have used fresh dusty miller held in place with pearl headed pins. With all the serrations on the leaves, I wasn’t too sure what would happen when the leaves dried as I did not pin every little edge. Happily they just hunkered down and stayed put.
Which one will you try?