Easy, cheap, and way cute christmas/yule ornaments.
November 16, 2011 11:35am CST
Many of us are feeling the financial crunch this year but don't want to have to give up any of their holiday magic. Here is something I have found that works out as a great quick gift and lots of fun to do with your friends and/or older children. What you will need: 1)a hot glue gun (any temp) with lots of glue sticks (hence the age reference) 2) pine cones 3) ribbon/cording/twine 4) white craft paint 5) old small toys or if you are artistically inclined clay figures (optional) So here's what comes next: 1)Hold the pine cone with the fat end up. 2)Place a small dab of hot glue in the center to hold the ribbon/cording/twine you want to make a loop for hanging in place. 3) Cover the top of the pine cone with large gobs of hot glue allowing some to run over the sides a little bit giving the illusion of clear snow. If you are adding a small toy or figure to decorate the top this would be the time to put it in place. 4)Paint the hot glue snow white and TADA you have a snow covered pine cone ornament that can be customized to the recipient/holiday. Feeling really crazy use either glittered hot glue or old school shake on glitter to tip the ends of the little pieces below for added wow effect. Added bonus to this project is that if you got the pine cones like I did, walking with the kids to pick them up, it will help with those pesky winter pounds many of us fight with. Be safe, have fun, and I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season whatever you may celebrate.
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16 Nov 11
That's an excellent way to "recycle" pinecones! I've seen something like this from one of the many craft sites I'm a member of. I've wandered around for decades (okay, I do stop now and then) gathering things that nature has provided to make things from. I make angels from the seed pods from tulip trees (the body), acorns (the head) and the double seed "airplanes" from maple trees (the wings). Glue everything together, then paint white. (I use spray paint.) I have a huge oak tree right out front with an enormous supply of acorns and a few maple trees beside the house for the seed "wings" but I'll have to think of something else for the body if I want to make my angels. Sadly, I haven't found any tulip trees around here...yet! I think I'll be making some of those pinecone Christmas trees this year. I have plenty of pine trees on our property so there's a good supply just outside the door. Thanks so much for sharing!
18 Nov 11
I've got lots of cones which a friend gave me. The trouble with me is that I don't really have time to work on them. Anyway I'd keep a copy of your post so that I can do this when I already have time. It's always enjoyable to something new so I will really try my best to find time to experiment on this. Thanks again.