Turning Liquidambar Seed Pods Into Christmas Ornaments

Yesterday I created a nature based decorations by coating liquidambar pods with glitter glue. The video above illustrates the first part of making the ornaments.  Someone commenting below that the pods were from the sweet gum tree, which is correct, but the scientific name for this tree is liquidambar styraciflua, which just sounds more melodic, and this is another reason I used the scientific name in referring to the pods.

Liquidambar Seed Pod To Be Decorated With Glitter

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 Glitter And Blue In A Container
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.

Use A Paint Brush To Coat The Liquidambar Pod

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.

Rotate Liquidambar Pod In Glitter Glue

Spend a couple of minutes coating the liquidambar pod in the glitter glue.

Liquidambar Pods Drying On Newspaper

Place the liquidambar pods on a new paper to dry.

Allow The Liquidambar Balls To Dry Overnight

Allow the liquidambar balls to dry overnight so glitter does not all fall off.

Liquidambar Ornament With Red Bow
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 video above illustrates what the glitter pod looks like once I added the bow.

Glittered Liquidambar Pod With Intact Hook

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.

What if you do not have space or money to get a Christmas tree.  Another idea is to place the glittery liquidambar pods can be placed in glass containers.

Glittery Liquidamabar Pods In A Candle Holder
These glittery liquidambar pods are arranged to look like a flower in a candle holder.

This video illustrates what the candle center piece looks like after created a flower-like arrangement with the liquidambar pods. These glittery pods even look a bit like disco balls.

Liquidambar Pods In A Glass Jar

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.

4 Replies to “Turning Liquidambar Seed Pods Into Christmas Ornaments”

  1. I am so glad you did this project, because now I know the name of the tree in my yard that drops those seed pods. Liquidambar.

    I brought some of the pods earlier in the year into the house and put them on the dining table, and they made a bit of a mess letting their tiny, dust-like seeds fall out. That makes me wonder, by the time you paint these with glue and glitter, have all the tiny seeds already come out?

    Do you keep these ornaments year after year? Or is it better to discard them when the season is over?

    1. My liquidambar pods were quite dry when I collected these a few days ago and all the seeds and dust had fallen off, so I really did not have this issue. Now, when I added the glitter glue, the glitter does fall off, so this is something to keep in mind. You could also just put the pods in a nice glass jar, and then avoid having to add the glitter glue. I will probably keep my pods because I spent a lot of time making these look pretty, but this is a craft you would not have to feel bad about throwing away since there are plenty of materials for making it next year, and it is practically free.

    1. The general name for this tree is sweet gum, but the scientific name for the tree is liquidambar styraciflua, which is why it is used in this post. Liquidambar sounds more beautiful than me plain sweetgum, which is another reason I refer to the pods by their scientific name. Thanks for commenting.

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