You can look online and find all sorts of ideas for creating artificial flower arrangements, and places that offer the fake flowers, leaves and other items for sale, but you rarely – if ever – find places that tell you how to make any of those things. Although convincing flowers and leaves are not easily made by the average person there are some floral accents that are simple to create. Pods are one example. When they’re finished they add a lovely accent to most any floral arrangement.
Thick paper or thin cardboard works well to make convincing pods. If you use scrapbook paper you can even find some with images of leaves, bark and similar designs that look great when made into pods. The type of cardboard that works well is that similar to what you find in packaged pantyhose or nylons.
Cut rectangles of cardboard or paper to begin making the pods. Cut them wide and long then cut them down to size later, if necessary. Decide how many “seeds” you want per pod. Align the seeds to get an idea of what size to cut the cardboard or paper. Leave a small space between each “seed”. The piece you cut should be at least twice as wide as the chosen seeds and an inch or two longer than the aligned seeds.
Seeds can be made from many different things. Use dried beans, dry peas, beads or even tiny balls of foil. Cut the paper or cardboard then glue the seeds onto one half of it. Don’t get too close to the edge and leave small spaces between each one. With paper as the pod you can use most any roundish object for the seeds. However, when using cardboard you’ll need to choose something fairly large, like dried beans, in order to distinctively see the seeds inside the pod.
Position the end of a wooden skewer in the pod. The skewer can be painted or left in its natural state. Or, use a floral wire to hold the pod. The stick or wire should be inserted at least an inch or so. After aligning the seeds fold the paper or cardboard over them. Use glue to close the edges. Glue both small ends and the side opposite the fold. in addition, apply a tiny row of glue between each seed. As you press the paper or cardboard together to secure push between each seed with your finger, a stick or another object. This will create the indentations that really define the seeds. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly then cut the pod to a nicer shape. Round the ends with scissors to finish them.
Paint cardboard or plain paper with the color you want. There are no rules when it comes to pods. Green, burgundy, white, gold or silver – and many other colors – are all suitable. Place the finished pods amongst flowers, plants and other floral pieces to create the arrangement you have in mind.