I could be wrong, but I don’t think this has been done before. A DIY wreath has been done before (I’m ALMOST positive of that) but not one made out of what I’ve made it out of.
I’m very, VERY good at assuming I invented things. Cheeseburgers? That was me. Quesadillas? My invention. Bringing Boston Ferns inside to overwinter? Yeah, I that was all me too.
I have several moments every week where I have convinced myself I’m an inventing genius only to realize I’m perhaps just unaware of the world around me and what goes on in it. I definitely thought I invented quesadillas.
But this time? This time I really think I’ve invented something. For real.
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The DIY Wreath – Made of Seed Pods.
This wreath is made from bundles of seed pods – from kale. It’s the most brilliant way ever to dry seeds for seed saving and sharing.
I know. I was a bit stunned too. It’s not just me, right? I mean this is amazing. Since it’s also lavender season I threw some sprigs in the wreath but it doesn’t need it. All on its own it looks as good as any other wreath I’ve seen. I’m talking to you Magnolia leaves and pine boughs.
How to Make a DIY Wreath With Seed Pods
- LET your kale go to seed. That means this fall, don’t dig it up, don’t cut it off, just leave it in the garden. Next spring it will start to send up flower shoots which will turn to seed pods.
- Cut branches of seed pods into about 7″ lengths and bundle them together.
- A large wreath will take around 12 bundles.
- If you have a flat wire wreath form, the bundles will need to be wired together and then wired onto the frame. If you have a wire frame with wires for clamping attached (like I did) just lay each bundle on the wreath form and clamp the wires down.
- Don’t make your bundles too long and flowing or the wreath will be limp and floppy when you hang it. And not in a good way.
- Remember this wreath is going to dry out while the seeds mature. Because of that you might need to retighten the wire clamps as the seed pods lose moisture and shrink. ALSO because this is a wreath filled with seeds put it somewhere you don’t mind seeds falling out.
- When the entire wreath is dry you can harvest the seeds, cut off the pods to give away or just leave it. But be warned seed pods like this usually (quite literally) explode with seeds. This violent expelling of seeds is nature’s way of making sure it reproduces.
This was my kale last fall flanking my sidewalk. I’ll give you a minute …
O.K., now that I can assume you’ve pushed your eyeballs back into your sockets I can continue.
Your next question is going to be HOLY SHIT WHAT KIND OF KALE IS THAT???
It’s Black Lacinato Kale – variety Black Magic.
Below was my kale this spring when it had formed its seed pods. It’s barely even recognizable as kale because it’s COVERED with stems of seed pods.
When I noticed the stems were *just* starting to dry out – a sign the seeds are ready to start maturing I pulled the kale out and used a couple of seed pod stems in flower arrangements.
Then the 2 plants sat on my front lawn for a few days until my neighbour Laurel walked past and tried to fashion some of the stems into a crown.
We were discussing the viability of wearing a kale crown when she screamed out – YOU SHOULD MAKE A WREATH!
And I did.
I’m sure you can see how easy it looks from the photos. The greatest thing is that IT IS THAT EASY. I didn’t have to fiddle with it or try hard to make the bundles of kale pods look perfect. I just smushed a handful together and laid them on the wreath form.
These wreath forms with the wires around it really make wreath making easy but I’ve never seen them for sale. I save them every time I buy a wreath that’s made with them so I have a stash of wire wreath forms in my basement.
So if you buy a wreath this Christmas don’t forget to pull the greenery out at the end of the season and keep the wire wreath form.
You can also buy flat wire wreath forms on Amazon. I know. Boooo Amazon. But sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.
All made with seed pods.
What other seed pods can you use?
I’m not sure because I’ve only tried kale, but I’d say lettuce and radishes would both work you’d just need to grow more of them to be able to make this size (12″) of a wreath.
I would like to now declare myself the inventor of the seed pod wreath. I Googled it. There are no others. It is mine, all mine.
A neighbour named Laurel? Nope. It doesn’t even sound vaguely familiar. Never heard of her.
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