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« on: September 14, 2011 10:37:08 PM »

I've used dried milkweed pods to make a Christmas Wreath.  I decided to use cardboard as a base because it's fairly easy to find a cardboard box to cut up. I used a 15" pizza pan & an 8-1/2" pan lid to make 2 cardboard rings.  Since I was using corrugated cardboard, I made 2 layers & was careful to turn the pieces so the "grain" runs at 90 degree angles for strength.  I taped them together in several places.  I then hot glued the pods on in 3 rows, beginning with the outer edge.  I was tempted to leave it the natural color (which would be great for a fall wreath) but wanted to experiment so I spray painted the entire wreath green. (White or gold would have been good too.) To bring out the edges fo the pods, I sponged on gold leaf paint before adding a large flower & bow.

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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2011 11:52:21 AM »

I love this! What a great idea!! I think it would have been beautiful natural or spray painted! The gold sponging adds some nice color! Yeah, this is going on my pinterest to do list Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2011 11:22:31 AM »

That is just stunning! I love wreaths made out of non-traditional things -- did you collect your milkweed pods or do they have them at craft stores?

« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2011 03:54:06 PM »

This is so neat!  Grin

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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2011 10:42:35 PM »

Thanks so much for all of the lovely comments.  It was an enjoyable project---not difficult & not too time consuming.  I live in Illinois in the summertime where milkweed is common so I just picked them from the side of the country road near my home.  Are they indigenous to your area?   I've thought of several different colors & trims I'd like to use on others.  I'm also thinking the pods greatly resemble poinsettia petals.  Once I figure out what to use for a center, I should be able to make some great poinsettias too.
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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2013 03:38:51 PM »

This is very lovely; I love the use of non-traditional materials.

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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2013 06:14:35 PM »

I am glad to see your idea for cutting the form from cardboard. I have been racking my brain trying to come up with a cheap wreath base to use and hadn't thought of cardboard - duh!
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« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2013 08:10:59 PM »

oooo that's so cool looking!  really awesome wreath.   Grin

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« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2013 08:15:23 AM »

This is so beautiful!

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