Once in a while I do decorate. Not often. For the past six months or so, my apothecary jar had a candle and some stones in it. Not too exciting, I know.
I'm rather pleased with this autumn apothecary jar though! At the local park I collected acorns and pine cones while I walked Little Sister to sleep. A couple of the pine cones were attached to sticks, so I brought those home, too.
Once home, I filled the jar with the pine cones and then added the acorns. It was a bit too "blah" so I added the reddish ribbon and finished it off with the hemp string, double-wrapped, and tied in a bow.
The acorns and pine cones were fresh off the ground. Since this is a covered jar, I added a silica packet, found in shoe boxes, to keep the acorns and pinecones from molding. Let's not allow an apothecary jar's contents to mold! This would work with gourds, too.
(Last year I learned the lid keeps the decomposing smell in...then I tossed the gourds.)
Something really cool happened to the acorns the Big Kids collected. They kept them in baggies. Unsealed. No, not mold! The acorns developed roots, so we planted some in cups. Hopefully in the spring we'll have some little Oak trees!
However, I do not recommend keeping acorns in sealed baggies. Bad things can happen...like my son announcing, "Mom, I found a tiny caterpillar in my room..." ICK!!
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