• slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide

Turn Milkweed Pods into Gifts and Decorations

Craft your own indoor tree, wreath or star from milkweed pods.

Often considered weeds, common milkweed is making a comeback as more gardeners are growing this important food source for monarch butterflies.  Put the interesting seedpods to work, crafting them into last-minute gifts or winter decorations.

Remove the pods from the plants and allow them to dry as needed. In the meantime start thinking of creative ways to use these.  And don’t forget that a little paint can help brighten your creation. Wire the pods together to form a wreath or attach them to a form.

Purchase a Styrofoam cone and attach the pods with pins.  Place the pods in rows, covering the cone to create the perfect evergreen.

But don’t stop with winter inspired decorations.  The pods can be crafted into beautiful dahlias, birds, butterflies and more.  Experiment with hot glue, florist wire and other natural materials.

A bit more information: Common milkweed is a perennial spreading by underground rhizomes and seeds.  Help limit the spread, if desired, by harvesting mature pods just before they open and release their seeds.  Place the pod-covered stems in a paper bag in a warm location. The bag will help contain the seeds and the warm temperatures will encourage the pods to open.

Related

Upcoming Webinars & Appearances


May 18, 2022
Food Gardening
in Gardens or Containers

West Bend, WI
(in-person)

May 28, 2022
Rose Care 101
Ebert's Greenhouse Village, Ixonia, WI
(in-person)

June 1, 2022
Creating a Pollinator Paradise
(webinar)

June 15, 2022
Supporting Native Bees
(webinar)

June 18, 2022
Wonderful World of Hydrangeas
Ebert's Greenhouse Village, Ixonia, WI
(in-person event)

June 22, 2022
Maintaining Your Landscape
with Pollinators in Mind

(webinar)


Watch Melinda's past webinars ON DEMAND

Learn More

Book an Appearance

Learn More

Enter to Win
3 bags of Wool Pellets and reduce your need to water by 25%

ENTER NOW