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Making Milkweed Christmas Ornaments

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Milkweed pods can be used to make a variety of cute ornaments. This is a guide about making milkweed Christmas ornaments.


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November 19, 20080 found this helpful

It's not too late to scan your woods for dried materials to use in crafting. In western PA, I discovered a treasure trove of milkweed pods this year and have found the teardrop shape lends itself to many things. My college daughter points out that I am also being very "green" with this project. You may be able to find other types of pods that would work in your area. You can do this assembly line style and complete many in a short time. Use a hair dryer to speed up the paint drying time.

Approximate Time: 30-45 minutes




By Cindy from Waynesburg, PA

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November 21, 20080 found this helpful

This one is easy enough for kids. It's cheap and quick so kids in Scouts or groups can make several for gifts. I wrapped mine, using red and white tulle which comes on a roll. I closed the ends with tinsel pipe cleaners and added beads on the end. You could use curling ribbon, too, but the pipe cleaners are faster. Makes a nice presentation and the person can see your project if they don't feel like opening it this minute.

Approximate Time: 10 minutes


*If you don't have time to dry the projects before completing, use cotton or fiberfill for the hat and mustache.

**They now have paint with the diamond dust right in there - a lot less messy than sprinkling on glitter, but less fun!


By Cindy from Waynesburg, PA

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November 26, 20080 found this helpful

I used milkweed pods from the woods around my house for this ornament idea. You may have other types of pods in your area or you may be able to find something similar in the dried flower section of the craft store. Great project for Scouts or school groups. Use a hair dryer on the paint and Fiberfill for snow to keep it quick.

Approximate Time: 15 minutes



Make sure pods are split and emptied outside, preferably in the woods where you found them. Basecoat one half of a pod inside and out with white. Dry.

Dip paintbrush in Royal Blue and wipe most of it off. Rub it on the outside of pod and dry.

Inside pod, paint top half sky blue. Dry.

For pine trees, use brown paint for trunks and dry. Holding a small flat brush horizontally, add limbs by lightly tapping on trunks, with longer strokes toward the bottom. Dip "dirty" brush in white and add to limbs for snow in the same manner.

Fill bottom half of pod with Snow-Tex or Fiberfill. If using Snow-Tex, allow to dry overnight.

Add clouds to sky. Dry.

Add twinkly paint or diamond dust to entire project as desired. Dry.

Now add your figure with hot glue. If your figure is a house, add a smoke line in the sky coming from the chimney with thinned white.

Add silver glitter paint to rim of pod if desired.

Attach thread or ribbon with hot glue or needle.

By Cindy from Waynesburg, PA

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December 2, 20080 found this helpful

This project, using milkweed pods, is a little tricky and probably more suitable for adults or teens. It is somewhat time consuming because of all the paint drying time, unless you leave it natural (see photo). These angels are reminiscent of corn husk dolls. They remind me of flower faeries. You could use corn husks for the dresses. Search your own area for similar materials or check out the dried flower section of the craft store.

Approximate Time: 1 Hour




  1. Split and empty milkweed pods. Cut one pod up the center vertically to resemble wings, as shown.
  2. If leaves are attached to stems, keep some of the stems on to resemble arms as shown or cut tiny sections of stem and attach as arms, if desired. Arrange leaves inside wings to resemble dress as shown. Glue leaves together. Basecoat "dress" with pink or white or leave natural. Add twinkly paint.
  3. Basecoat inside and out of wings white and dry (or leave them natural). You may add pale pink to the inside if desired. Paint with twinkly paint inside and out. Dry. Trim edges with gold glitter paint.
  4. Attach dress to inside of wings as show. Trim hem of dress with gold glitter paint if desired. Attach bead for head with hot glue. Add hair. (Twine separated into sections seems easiest). Attach desired halo and necklace with hot glue.
  5. Now make whatever she will be holding. Use photo as guideline for twisting wire into a word with small pliers. Add beads if desired. Attach with hot glue. Add thread or ribbon for hanging with needle or hot glue.
  6. By Cindy from Waynesburg, PA

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