I started out cutting a lot of strands of hemp the length of the wood, then to attach the hemp well, I ran a line of hot glue at the top of the piece. Since hot glue dries so quickly and is so messy it wasn't a good option to put under the rest. So I ran squiggly lines of Elmers down the wood under the hemp in about 2" sections at a time.
My sister suggested a natural plant element like Lunaria.....
Or some pretty dried leaves.....
Both items courtesy of http://www.save-on-crafts.com/
A wonderful decorating supply website!
I like both ideas, although having it attached to a branch already might be easier to decide placement. I have searched my local Hobby Lobby, Home Goods, World Market, Kirklands, and Michaels. I found some 'silk' lunaria at Michaels but it just looked cheap and fake, not near as pretty as the picture above. I'm ok with buying online but I'd rather buy at a store so that I can see the product in hand first.
So...any other ideas to help me finish my project? Comments so far?