Sweet Gum Ball Ideas

Posted by on September 8, 2015 in Crafts, Decor | 6 comments

Sweet Gum Ball Ideas

Last fall, we stopped in St. Louis, Missouri to visit some friends. In their yard, they had a Sweet Gum Ball tree! On their lawn, Sweet Gum Balls were strewn all around. I immediately asked if I could pick some up!  They replied that I could take the entire yard-full. They are pretty for crafts, but nasty if you step on them; especially barefoot! Ouch! I filled a plastic bag and this fall took them out to see what I could do with them both in crafts and decor. Here’s what I came up with…..

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My grandson thought of making a mouse, so I did! I used two different size gum balls, a pinecone end for his nose, coffee beans for his hands and feet, and the ears were little acorn caps, I believe. (I found them in their yard, too. They look different from the ones we have in our yard.) The tail is the natural stem of the Sweet Gum Ball. This little guy now appears at different spots around the house!

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There he is….

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This little mouse started me thinking of other things. Here they are…. 

I used pinecone scales, too.

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Couldn’t stop…..

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And this…..

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Of course, a wreath (which I needed to stabilize with a cardboard or foam backing)…

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Finally, a star…..

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For decor ideas, I filled a decorative glass jar with Sweet Gum Balls and orange pumpkin pom-poms for color.

 

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I used them in a dried display with fungi and artificial pumpkins.

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Finally, I filled a dish with a few Sweet Gum Balls, small pinecones and artificial orange pumpkins.

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They sure came in handy for crafts and decorating! Guess I’ll have to go back and get some more! I don’t think I would like one of those trees in my yard, however. They sure have sharp points! I can see why they don’t like them.  When you step on them, it is easy to twist your ankle, too!

 

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Other ideas are to make a Christmas tree or a large wreath.

I’m sure you can come up with more Sweet Gum Ball Ideas! I really like the texture they add!

Do you have Sweet Gum Ball Trees?

Thanks for stopping by,

Phyllis

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6 Comments

  1. I have never heard of gum balls. What kind of tree does this come from? I love making things from things found in nature and all of these crafts are really clever.

    • They come from the Sweet Gum Ball Tree. They are down in the southern part of the U.S. We don’t have them here where I live. I’ve seen them being sold online on different places.Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  2. What brilliant ideas Phyllis!! I love the animals you made – especially the duck! So cute. Thanks so much for linking up to A Round Tuit. Hope you have a wonderful week!

    • Thanks! Do you have Sweet Gum Ball Trees there?

      • I don’t think so, I haven’t seen those gum balls before, but they may do in another part of Australia! I shall have to look out for them!

  3. Such lovely and cute ideas! Thank you for sharing with OMHG Wordless Wednesday Link Party.. Have a great day, co-host Evija @Fromevijawithlove x

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