Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Pinecone Ornaments!

Today, my sister and I finished our latest Christmas project..... pinecone ornaments!

It was her idea.  We scavenged the woods for pinecones ready to be plucked from their fragrant, prickly branches. 



It did not take long before the basket was full.  We even threw in a few other things we found while exploring in the forest.
 


Then they went inside the warm house to be dusted with some sparkles, and hung from ribbons, ready for the tree. 

So, here you are; the latest tutorial from the Country Handmaiden. :)


What you will need:

~ Pinecones - these can be in any shape or size
~ Mod Podge
~ Medium sized paint brush
~ Glitter (we used gold and white)
~ Ribbon
~ Hot glue gun
~ Paper cup
~ Paper plates
~ Newspaper

How to make them:

Pour a small amount of Mod Podge into the paper cup and stir in a little bit of water to thin it out.  Dip the brush into the mixture, and lightly brush it along the outsides of the pinecone.  Brush in the direction that the pinecone is pointing, so if you are holding it from its stem, brush downwards.  Take care not to get too much glue on the pinecone; just enough to touch all the edges.  Now hold it over a paper plate, and sprinkle the glitter all over it.  Holding it by the stem and sprinkling from the top works nicely and gets the glitter where it needs to be.  Lightly tap it, then set it on the newspaper to dry completely.

Once they are dry, take a length of ribbon (about a foot long), fold it in half, and tie a bow halfway down the double length of ribbon.  If your pinecone has a stem, you can tie the ribbon directly to the stem.  Some of them don't.  If that is the case, put a drop of hot glue at the top of the pinecone, and press the bow firmly in place. 

Be creative with the colors of ribbon and glitter you choose!



 I used white glitter on this one, made it look like frost. :)



 Hope you are having a wonderful time preparing for Christmas as well!

God bless,





3 comments:

Rose M. said...

Oh my goodness! So clever! I keep going back and forth between which color I live best. The gold is so festive, but the white, like you said, makes it look like frost! I really want to try this! Thanks for posting! :D

Rose M. said...

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Mary Kate said...

These are so cool! I recently saw a tutorial for a garland made out of pinecones and twine which I would love to make before Christmas - I love the look and feel pinecones add to Christmas decor.

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