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Easy Beautiful Silver Dollar Arrangement

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The silver dollar plant (also known as honesty, money plant and various other names) has really pretty four petal pink flowers in summer and produces these delicate, satin like, pearly seed pods in autumn.

I have walked past the pink flowers all summer wondering what plant it was (I like useful plants, especially if they're pretty to boot) but never did get around to looking it up. Then a couple weeks ago my son noticed the "fairy wings" on the way to school and we just loved the simple beauty of them.

So I gathered some up making sure to leave some to seed itself, brought them home and proceeded to hunt through the cupboards for something pretty to put them in.

The arrangement looks lovely in a tall narrow space; mine sits on top of the little electric cupboard in my front porch and makes a lovely welcoming addition to home that I can't wait to show off!
 
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Step 1: Gather Your Materials

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I wanted something tall to offset the height and spread of the little bouquet I'd gathered, and since I didn't have a suitable vase, opted for a simple wine bottle with the cap, neck casing and label removed.

Having spotted a bag of salt that's been in the back of a cupboard for donkey's I figured that would work to hold the stems in place and provide stability. Being a magpie by nature I also wanted a little sparkly detail and delved into my bead boxes, settling on some little pearl and silver lined clear seed beads.

What you'll need:
Bottle, vase or similar glass vessel
Ordinary fine table salt
Beads of your choice for decoration
Tiny scoop, teaspoon or similar
Funnel (and if you have one, a turkey baster with the rubber squeezer removed; this stops "dust" forming as you pour the salt in)
Small sharp scissors

This project took me an hour in total, including time spent gathering the seed pods, hunting for what I needed and arranging it in my porch (and taking pictures in case it did come out as pretty as I'd hoped!)