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Homemade Christmas Ornaments: Painted Milkweed Pods

Submitted by Kay C. Powers of VA

Painted milkweed pod ornaments 1

"Painted Milkweed Pods"

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.

Materials needed:

Milkweed pods
Transparent sealant
Pale blue craft paint
Transparent glitter
Hot glue gun
Dimensional scrapbook stickers


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 snowman.
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.

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