Mimosa Trees. They are the odd looking tree whose leaves look like fern fronds and whose blossoms look like pinkish red balls of fluffy feathers in the summer. Each fall you’ll find scores of brown seed pods resembling dried green beans hanging from its branches. Found extensively in the south, many people view the mimosa as a “weed tree”. There are those, however, who enjoy their delicate beauty. Here is a way you can use the pretty mimosa seeds to make a beautiful necklace that’s so simple a child old enough to use a sewing needle can do it!
1- elastic thread (metal jewelry wire and clasps found in most craft stores can be used.Glass/accent beads can be added for embellishment)
2- sewing needle with eye large enough to accommodate elastic thread
3- mimosa seed pods
4- cooking pot
1- Gather mimosa seed pods after they have turned brown and dried on the tree.
2- Take pods and remove the seeds.
3- Place seeds in colander. Rinse under running water.
4- Place seeds in cooking pot. Add 2″-3″ of water.
5- Place pot on medium high heat. Bring to boil.
6- Let seeds boil until they are soft enough to easily put a sewing needle through.
7- When seeds are soft, remove from heat to cool slightly.
1- Measure elastic string so you have enough to go over your head comfortably, adjusting for the length you want for the necklace PLUS enough to tie after you finish stringing.
2- Now comes the fun part; start sewing/stringing the seeds to make your necklace! Yes, it is a rather slow process. Add any accent beads if you’d like. When you’re through, secure the necklace ends together.
3-Slightly dampen a folded paper towel and put a dab of olive oil on it. Gently rub the oil on your seed necklace and wipe off the excess. Those seeds will have a gorgeous wood-glow!