As I was clipping back dead stalks I realized I could put to use some of this material. The brainstorm came overnight as those typically do, that I could decorate wooden bird houses. We stopped at Joann's on Saturday before going to see a wonderful movie (The Artist) and there outside the doors were an assortment of wooden houses just waiting for me. I couldn't pass up getting three different ones.
Wednesday afternoon I assembled my supplies in the the wood shop: a folding table, chair, hot glue gun and refills, bird houses, clippers, assorted dried stalks, seed pods, leaves and flowers and went to work on the first one. Here is the result: