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Make Christmas ornaments out of liquidambar pods

Finding items on nature walks is another creative way to budget craft during this holiday season. If you have ever spotted liquidambar pods on a lawn or in a parking lot, why not gather up a few and turn these balls to transform these into Christmas ornaments.

Make Christmas ornaments out of liquidambar pods that can be found in many parts of the United States.
Make Christmas ornaments out of liquidambar pods that can be found in many parts of the United States.
Photo and ornament by Julia Hanna.
Add glitter glue and red ribbon to a liquidambar pod to make a Christmas ornament.
Photo and ornament by Julia Hanna.

This craft is not recommended for young children as the liquidambar pods are spiky, so adults or teens should definitely be in charge of making these glittery ornaments. Even adults might find discomfort when handling the spindly liquidambar pods, so tongs could be used for dipping these in glitter glue.

Despite the rugged texture of the liquidambar pods, dipping these in glitter glue is worth the effort and patience because these balls are transformed into sparkly holiday ornaments. One idea might be to place a few glittered liquidambar pods in a clear plastic Christmas ball, but for the decorations featured here decorative hooks were simply added to the pods.

Also, center pieces can be created by placing the glitter liquidambar pods in candle holders, and other glass containers, which is a budget friendly way to create a festive center piece if you do not have room for a Christmas tree. Take a look at the slideshow and the video to see how these luminious ornaments were created from start to finish.