sweet gum wreath

12 December 2011

This fall, we were up at the park and we saw all of these cute prickly balls hanging from the trees and all over the ground. I had no idea what they were called, but I thought they might be fabulous in a wreath. So…we gathered.october 2011 178
Here’s what they look like after sitting in the storage room for over a month:december 2011 033 1
after a short time googling prickly tree balls, I found out they are from sweet gum trees and are called sweet gum fruit.  AND Martha already thought of making them into a wreath.
Martha, Martha, Martha.

Just when you think you have a great idea, you find out she thought of it years ago. *sigh*
We’re not going to let that stop us! We’ve got an hour~let’s go.
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Grab an old wreath, (or make a cheap one!)december 2011 023 1
and just start hot-gluing them.december 2011 029 1
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Oh, we are so good…still have 15 minutes to spare!
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Run it out to the garage and give it a quick dusting of white spray paint. While it’s drying, fold a piece of fabric over (wrong side out), run a strip of hot glue, let dry, then run it through a flat iron for a quick ribbon. Psssh, who needs irons?
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I pinned it to the back of my chalkboard,december 2011 051 1
and there we go!
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We made it for under $10, under 1 Hour. Yesssss.

Also on the table:
this was a little scene we created with some trees from the dollar store, epsom salt, mini pinecones from our tree outside, and a moose from the plastic animals downstairs. How long do you bet before a snarling lion, a hungry wolf, and some lego guys join the moose from downstairs??
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Cost breakdown:
sweet gum fruit: free!
grapevine wreath: free, leftover from another project
fabric “ribbon”: from my fabric scraps, free
trees from dollar tree: $4 (2 in each pack)
epsom salt: $1 at the dollar store
Everything else was from previous years.
I’m joining Kate’s craft party today! Tons of crafty, holiday inspiration over there~
Happy Monday.

1 comment

  1. melissa*320 sycamore1/7/14, 10:55 PM

    so generous of you..thank you, Vickie!!


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