1. Collect some dried milkweed pods.
In the fall, the milkweed plants have already gone to seed but the dried pods
will still be attached to the plant. You will need six "halves" of a
milkweed pod for each poinsettia flower that you are going to make.
2. After you have collected the
milkweed pods and have brought them into the house, put them in a warm spot for
a few days or a week to dry out more. This is especially important if it has
been rainy and damp outside.
3. Glue the milkweed pod halves
together side-by-side in a circle so that they look like a flower. A hot glue
gun works well for gluing the pods together.
4. Decorate your poinsettia flowers
with spray paint and glitter, or, if you don't want to spray paint your
poinsettias, just use glue and glitter. Mix and match and experiment with
5. Glue a loop of string, yarn,
twine or ribbon to the back of the poinsettia flower. Once the glue is dry, your
ornament is ready to hang on the Christmas tree.
You could also give these as gifts
— four or six to set, or however many you want to give.
©2003 LeAnn R. Ralph