For this craft project I turned liquidambar seed pods into Christmas ornaments by dipping these in glitter glue. First, I placed newspaper on the counter to catch the glitter that was used for this project.
Pour the glue and glitter into a container for dipping the liquidambar pods. For this project I decided to use an old butter container rather than just throwing it away when it was empty. Solid plastic containers are great for crafting projects, which gives refuse a second life.
The paintbrush was used to coat the liquidambar pods in glitter glue. The glue I used for this project was mod podge, which is one of my favorite kind of glues to use for crafting projects.
Spend a couple of minutes coating the liquidambar pod in the glitter glue.
Place the liquidambar pods on a new paper to dry.
Allow the liquidambar balls to dry overnight so glitter does not all fall off.
The next day after the had glitter dried on a liquidambar pod, I added a red bow and a hanger to the pod to create the decoration. I do not have a tree to hang my decorations from, so I like to just hang my handmade ornaments on the wall around the holiday season.
The natural hook shaped stem did not snap off this pod, even after I applied the glitter glue to it. The natural hook makes is easy to hang the pod from a tree or the wall. I love a natural ornament that already comes with its own hook.
Another center-piece idea would be to stack the luminous pods in an old potpourri jar, and then tie a red bow around the top. This simple center-piece is quite dazzling, and illustrates the power of crafting from nature. Have fun making some nature based Christmas decorations today.