Sweet Gum Wreath for Winter

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I am delighted to be a part of A Celebration of Winter blog tour hosted by Barb of The Everyday Home.  Today I’m sharing a Sweet Gum Wreath for Winter that I made for our front door.

Making a wreath from the seed pods of a sweet gum tree is a project that I’ve intended to do for years.  These trees are fairly common in my area and it was easy to pick up the seed pods that I needed during a few walks with my dog Sherman.  Note the color variation in the pods according to their age.

Seed Pods from a Sweet Gum Tree Used on a Wreath


I originally intended to hang my Sweet Gum Wreath over my mantel but instead decided to hang it on my front door.  The Wood Slice Wreath that I shared with you earlier this month moved from the front door to over the mantel.

Winter Wreath Made with Sweet Gum Tree Seed Pods


I also had plans to glitter this wreath with silver but when I finished gluing the sweet gum balls in place, I liked the natural look so much that I left it as is.

Wreath Made with Sweet Gum Balls

This wreath was easy to make.  If you’d like to make your own, you’ll need:

18” Straw Wreath Form
Fabric strips to cover the wreath form (I used left over curtain interlining)
Sweet Gum Balls
Glue Gun

Start by covering the straw wreath form with strips of curtain interlining.  Any fabric will work, but I liked the flannel like feel of this fabric and I had plenty of scrap pieces on-hand.  After I cut two inch strips of fabric, they were wrapped around the wreath and held in place with glue from a glue gun.

**I should have wrapped wire around the wreath to make a hanger either before covering it with fabric or after.   My original intention was to attach a hanger to the back with a floral pin but it wouldn’t stay in because of the weight of the wreath.*


Glue the sweet gum balls in place starting on the inside of the wreath.  (It really doesn’t matter where you start!)How to Make a Sweet Gum Ball Wreath


Continue gluing row by row until the wreath is covered.

How to Make a Sweet Gum Seed Pod Wreath


Are you wondering how many sweet gum balls it takes to make a wreath?  I didn’t count the balls but I do know that I used six full dog poop bags from three separate dog walks.

Winter Wreath Made from Seeds from a Sweet Gum Tree


I’d love for you to pin my wreath for others to discover on Pinterest.

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A Celebration of Winter is happening all week on some of my favorite blogs.  Be sure to scroll down to visit the other bloggers who are sharing projects today and those that shared earlier this week.  Come back tomorrow to visit Friday’s projects.

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Monday, Jan 19th Celebration of Winter Participants
Tuesday, Jan 20th Celebration of Winter Participants

Wednesday, Jan 21st Celebration of Winter Participants
Thursday, Jan 22nd Celebration of Winter Participants

Friday, Jan 23rd Celebration of Winter Participants

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  1. Wow! What a beautiful wreath made out of such prickly things! I love it! I think those things are such a nuisance because they are always sticking me so I would have never have thought to use them!

  2. This is the first time I’ve seen a wreath like this and it’s absolutely beautiful, Paula! I would have never thought to do this, but I sure do love it. What a perfect wreath for winter and it looks so good on your front door. Pinned!

  3. I love your wreath. I never knew these pods where fromt he sweet gum tree. I learned something today. Thanks so much Paula for stopping by my blog on Monday. I appreciate you doing so. Have a lovely weekend.

  4. how creative to use the sweet gum for a wreath. perfect way to greet your guests this time of the year.

  5. Paula ~ I love that you used a natural material found outside (and free) to create such a pretty wreath. The texture and the subtle variation in color is beautiful!

  6. I’ve never heard of sweet gum but those look somewhat similar to the burrs I remember getting stuck to me when I’d walk through the woods near my house growing up ~ but yours are much prettier and I love the natural look of your wreath.

  7. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing at #InspirationMonday! Pinned it, love it!

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