I have always saved the seed pods from Baptisia, Japanese Iris and two varieties of poppies because I love the way they look in winter arrangements. The last few years I have also harvested the seed heads from my giant alliums and, while they look great when they first dry, the creamy tone gives way to brown and they just didn’t look very festive. So, I picked up a couple of cans of silver and gold spray paint to jazz them up a little.
I used some upside-down cardboard boxes and some saved chunks of packing foam to stand the stems up, well separated from each other, and I sprayed them outside on a calm day. Disposable gloves are a good idea – as is a mask if you are sensitive to the fumes.
The allium, in particular, look much more delicate than they are and will last for ages. I just have to decide if I can bear to part with them in a few months or if I should try to store them for next year. . . . just in case I don’t get enough from next year’s garden!