Of course, anything that can be used in a flower arrangement can be used as the primary ingredient in the composition. In this case, the most basic and stark elements turned out to be sticks and stems. These provide a more abstract design when used solo.
The core of one design is a bentwood circle around which are spiral stems and seed pod shapes. They’re housed in a contemporary retro-inspired discount store vase. The effect is very post-modern.
A gift of beer, not available in my town, is remembered by using one of the bottle-jugs as a masculine vase. I used standard hobby store dry supplies as the design element. If you do one of these, resist the temptation to just stuff a handful into a container. The best, and most fun way, is to place each one, separately, into place. Your creative intuition will come up with a much more attractive composition this way. This type of arrangement will work nicely with an attractive wine bottle, too.
I wanted to go all-out for one of my favorite 1960s era Royal Haeger fire orange onion vases. A faux saw-palmetto leaf is enhanced with three seed pod elementals and spiral stems. The mechanicals are several strands of dry wheatgrass.
A light tan, semi-formal Haeger vase inspired me to create a hybrid styled display. Elm twigs found in my yard and painted garden spikes form the stark framework for a subtle composition of beige, red, and green weed stems. I plan to keep this intact throughout Autumn and Winter.
The Blue Jay of Happiness understands that we sometimes need to enjoy stark simplicity in order to clear our minds.