5 Easy Steps for Making a Milkweed Pod Wreath
Fall is just around the corner and you may be thinking about how you're going to decorate this year. Come along while I show you how to make this beautiful Fall wreath that can also be used well into the Christmas season!
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Let's make a wreath!
Step 1: Gather the Milkweed Pods.
I collected my pods last Fall during a walk around the pond. They had opened and the seeds were blowing in the wind. I gathered about twice as many as I needed - Ha-Ha! For this project you will need approximately 60 pods.
I left them outside in the sun for the day to make sure they were good and dry. Just in case there was any moisture left, they were stored in a plastic bag with a few silica gel packets. They were fine when I took them out this summer.
Step 2: Prepare the Base.
Cut two 15" circles from cardboard with an 8.5" opening in the middle. Glue them together with the corrugation going in opposite directions so your base will have more stability. As you can see, I used clothespins to hold the two pieces together while the glue dried.
Next, center your base on a piece of burlap and make 8 straight cuts in the middle.
Using a hot glue gun, begin folding each piece up and attach to the base.
Bring the outer sections of burlap over these and secure with hot glue.
Silicone Finger Protectors are a MUST!
All that extra was trimmed from the back.
Trim the excess, glue any loose pieces, and your base is almost ready.
Add a piece of jute for hanging.
It's so much easier to do this ahead of time!
Step 3: Prepare the Pods.
Place your milkweed pods in a box for painting.
I used Gold Spray Paint and, interestingly, the paint didn't show up well on the back (outside) of the pod.
Not to be discouraged, I turned them over and sprayed the insides.
If you're wondering why I didn't leave them natural, here's the reason:
Not all of them were pretty inside and I didn't like the look.
Step 4: Attach
First, lay out your pods on the wreath base to see how they will fit.
Using a hot glue gun, attach each pod to the base.
Complete the outer row first.
Then add the inside row, tucking the pods in to cover the base.
Step 5: Add a Bow.
I made this bow using 8 20" pieces of ribbon. They were folded at 7", pinched at 6" and gathered with a pipe cleaner. The ends were dove-tailed, the loops fluffed, and it was ready to be attached to the wreath.
At the beginning of this post I said this wreath could be used well into the Christmas season. Here's how:
Right now, it is ready for Fall with the leaf pattern on the ribbon.
When Halloween comes around, add a new bow with some of this ribbon:
For Christmas, a printed burlap ribbon will do the trick, or how about a red velvet bow?
See, you have a wreath for the next 4 months!
Update: After reading a few comments, I learned that some of my friends have never seen milkweed, I took this picture at the pond today. It can grow 2-6 feet tall. This plant was about 4 feet tall.
You can see all the seed pods in the middle. This Fall they will dry up and release their seeds.
Since monarch caterpillars feed exclusively on milkweed, it's a very important plant!
Remember, this is a blog hop so it's time to visit Allyson @ Southern Sunflowers. Once you've stopped by to see her, be sure to visit all of the others for more inspiration! Here's the list: