Posted on 29 March 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

Garden Inspired Christmas Ornaments

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Photo Credit: Christmas Tree 2004 by Scott Feldstein used under CC BY 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The other day, I was looking through a book that specialized in Christmas ornaments that showcased a certain profession.

Teachers and nurses were some of the common occupations that were represented.

There was even an auto mechanic inspired ornament, which I jumped on for my son.

But there was not one for one of the oldest occupations and that is …………………..not what you are thinking.

Instead, the occupation I am referring to is farming.

The term “farming” can mean several things. The use of plants, animals, and a combination of both can be used to describe a person who is a farmer. But those on my Christmas list are the plant type of farmers and in doing so require an ornament that displays their talent and passion.

As I was brainstorming some ideas, I came upon one that spoke to me with passion. This idea took the offspring of the past and presented it for future use. So without delay let me introduce my first gardener’s ornament-The Seed Ball.

This seed ball is easy to create and only requires two things. The first item is a clear glass ornament that has a detachable top. The second item you will need is an assortment of seeds. Keep in mind, this project will take a lot of seeds.

To begin the project, first decide the look you desire. One approach is to fill the ball haphazardly so that an abstract design is formed. Another approach is to lay the seeds in layers much like you would sand art.

After the design has been planned out, choose your filling method. Seeds can just be poured into the neck of the ornament or a funnel can be used. Once you have made these decisions, it is time to create.

Fill your ornament with your seed stash until you reach the beginning of the neck. At this point, you will need to decide if the ornament is going to be used only for display or if you plan the recipient to use the seeds. If you want the ornament to be used year after year, seal the seeds in place by applying hot glue to the neck opening.

To add a designer touch, use hot glue with glitter in it or add your own. If you want the gardener to use the seeds, then simply place a dollop of flour and water paste. This paste will hold the seeds in place but can be easily broken when it comes time to plant. Also, add a planting card to your project that describes the ornament and how to plant it.

As a side bar, encourage the gardener to take a photo of their garden created from the seed ornament and place a copy of that picture back into the glass ornament for next year.

So until we blog again, seeds are nature’s gift to the future. Share this future through your gift giving.

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