Homemade Christmas Ornaments
"Milkweed Pod Ornaments"
Submitted by Kay C. Powers of VA
I enjoy using what nature has given us in a lot of my crafts.
From my early youth milkweed pods have been among my favorite playthings.
Living as I do now in a city, I figured I would never find them again, but
noticed some growing this summer among the landscaping at my local public
library. I got in touch with the volunteer who is in charge of the
landscaping and got her permission to harvest some of the pods in the fall when
they opened. I love the results.
I also planted a few of the seeds in my backyard and also at
the edge of the woods in a local park, so hopefully there will be more to
harvest next fall and we might attract the Monarch Butterfly.
Make sure the pods are completely air dried and all the seeds
removed. It is best to spray the pods with a transparent sealant.
I painted the inside of the pods with a pale blue paint and
sprinkled on some fine-grain transparent glitter while the paint was still
wet. I then used a hot glue gun to attach a hanging ribbon at the point
of the pod. Inside the rounded bottom part of the pod I glued a
small bit of cotton and then glued in a dimensional sticker (found in the
scrapbooking section of a local craft store) - in one the angel, the other a
You really cannot see it well in the picture, but the angel
one also has a silver star glued at the point where the ribbon is attached.