Having seen how wonderful helicopter (Sycamore) seeds look when painted I just had to get the glitter out and make some beautiful helicopter seed decorations for my Christmas tree.
I couldn’t have imagined a better pairing. The sycamore seeds look simply stunning against the lush green of a real Christmas tree. The nobbly seed fruit mirrors the knobbly end of the tree branches and picks out the branch veining whilst the glitter catches your eye against the backdrop of lush green pines.
All you need are some dried out seeds, strong PVA glue (tacky white glue), fine glitter (don’t use super fine as you want some texture to show) and green cotton.
Paint both sides of each seed wing with a good coat of glue and then sprinkle your chosen coloured glitter over them and set to one side to dry.
I like to use baking paper to collect the glitter on as it’s less static and easier to pour the glitter back into the pot after use. Use a different piece of paper for each glitter colour.
When the glue has dried cut lengths of green cotton to make hanging loops with. attach them to the seed fruit with a blob of glue. You’ll find that one side of the fruit has a more defined groove than the other which is perfect for laying the cotton in. I add the glue first and then gently sink the cotton through it using a cocktail stick.
Wait until the glue has dried clear before hanging them on the tree.