Submitted by Kay C. Powers of VA
"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.
Pale blue craft paint
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.
Return to 3rd Annual Homemade Christmas Ornament Contest
Frugal Living Index
Copyright © 2009 by Kay C. Powers. All rights reserved.
Can't find the page you're looking for?
Free Membership and Ebook Bonus Gifts:
Sign up today and receive 2 ebooks (Dealing with Debt and 101 Coupon Tips) with your Free Membership. The Ebook gifts will be included in your Welcome letter! :o)
"It's not about being able to spend more money.
It's about enjoying and managing what you already have... BETTER!"
- Michelle Jones, Founder of BetterBudgeting
BetterBudgeting is a trademark and Living a Better Life® a registered trademark of BetterBudgeting.com, BetterBudgeting.org, and it's parent company, Blue Ridge Publishing, Inc., PO Box 795, Powder Springs, GA 30127.