Here are the recent answer to this question.
By Nightsong 04/26/2011
Water lilly seed pods are neat. When upside down, the bottom looks to me like a Fairy's dancing skirt. The top has little impressions in them that sometime have the round seeds in them. I have seen Okcra pods painted to look like angels or Santa Clause with the tapering paint painted to look like his beard
By DeBushe 08/24/2010
Love-in-a-mist or Nigella. It produced really weird pods. Caution, it is very invasive. The seeds wind up every where.
By Anne Paola (Guest Post)03/19/2008
Thank you to all who took the time to respond. I got at least 5 new ideas for my friend.
By Sarah Leach 03/19/2008
Money plants, chinese lanterns, teasels, milkweed, Althea, and yucca off the top of my head!
By Mary Lou 03/18/2008
Money plants produce disks that hold the seeds and go translucent when dried.
By joan pecsek 03/18/2008
How about cotton plants? They are pretty with or without the cotton. Remove the cotton and it looks like a 5-point star. By the way, the ridges on okra turn razor sharp when it dries. Handle carefully.
By Beth 03/18/2008
Chinese Lanterns are awesome, but here in zone 5, they can be invasive. Echinacea has neat cones after it dies for the winter. Okra is pretty dried- I've even seen it painted gold or silver for arrangements. Honesty, or Money Plant, has pretty silver coin-shaped seeds. Those are a few I can think of right now. Hope it gets you started!
Add your voice to the conversation. Click here to answer this question.