Friday, November 18, 2011

Sweet Gum Wreath

 

Growing in my yard is a Sweet Gum tree.  Sweet Gum trees produce these prickly little balls (“Sweet Gum fruit”).  Those prickly little balls are everywhere in my yard!  This week  instead of raking them into a pile, I went outside and gathered a bag full to create a wreath.  

To construct my wreath, I started with a simple wreath form purchased for a dollar.

Then using my glue gun, I attached the prickly fruit to the wreath form starting from the inside and working my way out.

  Once completed, I attached a saw tooth hanger to the backside, again using my glue gun.

Here it is my friends!

I love the texture of the wreath.

I  kept things simple to focus on the natural beauty of the Sweet Gum fruit.


"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature.  It will never fail you". - Frank Lloyd Wright


*Thanks so much to Stephanie Lynn @ Under The Table and Dreaming for featuring my wreath on her website!


35 comments:

Maury said...

I love this! Isn't it amazing what you can make out of natural stuff?

Latoya @ The Scott's Crib said...

I think its gorgeous! Always wondered what to do with those little things:)

Comeca Jones said...

This was a fav!

Carli said...

Loved this! My kids see those things and they like to throw them at eachother! -who knew to make a wreath out of them! You've inspired me, I'm going to share a pinecone wreath I made--hopefully today if I get around to it!

Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

LOVE IT! I hate those little balls, but you made it look awesome! I will have to pick some out of my yard!

Tiffany

Cow Pies & Mud Pies said...

Love it! I have 2 sweet gum trees and lots of little fruit! Great idea.
You are so creative...what a blessing!

Jamie said...

What a cute idea. definitely something I would have never thought of. I love your blog. I'm your newest follower.
Would love to see you DIY Home Sweet home.
Jamie
http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/
P.S. I have another giveaway going on right now. Would love you to stop by and check it out.
P.P.S. I have a linky every Monday. Would love for you to stop by and link up.

Jamie said...

What a cute idea. definitely something I would have never thought of. I love your blog. I'm your newest follower.
Would love to see you DIY Home Sweet home.
Jamie
http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/
P.S. I have another giveaway going on right now. Would love you to stop by and check it out.
P.P.S. I have a linky every Monday. Would love for you to stop by and link up.

Southern Fried Gal said...

Cute idea! I love how it turned out. Sweet gumballs remind me of childhood. I don't have any trees in my area now. :(

Also - LOVE Frank Lloyd Wright!

Mark said...

I didn't "miss it" last week. I loved it then and I love it now.
Your Friend, m.

Sinful Sundays said...

Crazy! That wreath is gorgeous! You have the best ideas. Seriously.

Mrs. Robinson said...

This is so amazing! :) I never would have thought of that...I really need to start concentrating more on using things that are FREE :) Thanks for sharing!

Optimistic Mom said...

This is a great DIY craft idea and I think really fun for kids.

ME said...

When I was a child we made a lot of our decorations from plants, seed pods, leaves and just about any natural thing we could find in the woods around our house. We would paint the sweet gum pods and hang them on the tree as well as use them for wreaths. They are very pretty in silver and gold. Thank you for the nice reminder.

Nellie said...

So gorgeous! You are so talented!

Leigh said...

I saw you on the T&J linkup...this is beautiful! I love how 3D it looks. I am a new follow.



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Kirsten- The Foreign Domestic said...

Wow! That's awesome...looks great :)

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

What a great idea! The finished result is awesome.

Gayle said...

I love it! Very creative...

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Love this idea, so pretty!
XO
Kristin

Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} said...

Beautiful! I love the look of this wreath! Awesome job ;)

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Incredible! I'm loving this wreath sweet Brandy! My godness, you're so talented with this, such a designer you are! I'm loving this!
Thanks for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving.
FABBY

Katherines Corner said...

perfect! hugs

folkhaven said...

Lovely! I like that you left it simple and natural.

Marcia Dias said...

Uau!!! Que coisa mais linda! Brandi você me deixa de queixo caído com suas criações, pena não conhecer essa árvore, para em homenagem à você, tentar fazer uma aqui no Brasil, rsrs Beijinhos.

Janelle said...

I love your wreath! So simple and natural.

KelliB said...

LOVE THIS! I want one!!! I would love for you to share this at Totally Inspired Tuesdays going on now at The Inspired Collection! Hope you will come link up and share! LOVE IT!

Kelli
www.theinspiredcollection.blogspot.com

KelliB said...

I featured your wreath this week! Come by and grab a button! Thanks!!

www.theinspiredcollection.blogspot.com

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

This is just gorg!!!I really love it to pieces:)Thanks so much for linking up to my first link party and helping to make it such a big success!
Kim @ Too Much Time

mrstdj said...

LOVE THIS! We have 3 of those darn trees and those balls are EVERYWHERE. I'm totally going to try this.

Hi, I'm Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Wow! You are a Christmas crafting genius! So glad I found your project via Centsational Girl.

Please stop by for a visit to my blog. I am currently in the midst of a Gifts to Make series.

Be Merry and Bright!

Miss G said...

I came over from Melissa's blog at 320 Sycamore. This is beautiful! Kelly

Pam said...

I know this is an old post, but I just raked up a huge pile of these things in my front yard and was going to throw them away. I'm going to try your wreath instead.

mommy is coocoo said...

Cute! I love making really pretty things out of stuff most people would throw away. It awesome!

WhisperWood Cottage said...

Beautiful! Nature gives us the best materials! Thanks for linking up to The "Autumn Décor" Talent Scouting Party at WhisperWood Cottage!