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Monday, September 19, 2016

Pine Cone Ornaments



Pine cones are natural ornaments. When you add paint, glitter and ribbons, they become stunning ornaments for Christmas trees.


Need:

- Pinecones
- Paint (any colors you want)
- Paintbrush
- Spray paint
- Glitter
- Cinnamon
- Water and Elmer’s glue mixture
- Small paper bags
- Ribbon


Instructions:

1. Buy pine cones from a craft store or hunt for pine cones in your area.

2. If you collect pine cones from nature, rinse them under running water, set on cookie sheets, and back for 20 minutes at 250 degrees. Once they’re cool, it’s time to decorate them.


Option #1 Paint:

1. Using a paintbrush, paint the pine cone bristles any colors you want. You can get creative with the pattern, too.

2. When the paint is dry, tie on a ribbon or a piece of yarn to the piece sticking out the top of the pine cone.

3. Hang and admire.


Option #2 Spray Paint:

1. Choose a spray paint. Silver or gold are especially beautiful. In a well ventilated area, with newspaper on the ground, lay down the pine cones and spray thoroughly on all sides.

2. When the spray paint is dry, tie on a ribbon or a piece of yarn to the piece sticking out the top of the pine cone.

3. Hang and admire.


Option #3 Cinnamon and Glitter

1. Mix a little bit of water with Elmer’s glue until you have a texture like milk.

2. Dump glitter into a paper bag with some cinnamon. You can experiment by shaking the glitter and cinnamon together and taking a look at it. Want more glitter? Add more.

3. Use a paintbrush to paint the water and glue mixture on the pine cone’s petals.

4. Drop the pine cone in the bag and shake as if you’re shaking a bag of chicken.

5. Remove the pine cone and let dry.

6. You can put together multiple bags with a different colored glitter. Red, green, silver, and gold glitter are great for this time of the year.

7. You also add other spices to the cinnamon such as clove. Whatever spice you like the smell of.

8. Tie on a ribbon or yarn to the piece sticking out of the top of the pine cone.

9. Hang and admire.



TIP: You don’t even need to add a ribbon to hang it but place a bunch in a bowl for a pretty centerpiece. 


QUESTION: Do you like arts and crafts?




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Note: Feeling sick today. I'll return comments when I can. :)


58 comments:

  1. Do I like arts and crafts? Is Donald Trump an inflated buffoon? I love arts and crafts and we had tons of pine cones where I grew up. They are great for centre pieces and even for the bodies of Christmas favs like Santa or elves or snowmen. I have the a snowman I made where I used a small pine cone for the body and an acorn for the head. Take a piece of paper and cut out a small rectangle that you make a top hat from and paint it black and place on top of the acorn. Paint the bottom part of the acorn white and also a the pine cone. I can't recall what I used for the nose, but it is glued on and painted orange. I added glitter because glitter must always be used:) I took black paint and painted on the face. My face always looked evil looking for some reason....

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  2. Sounds like fun! My daughter loves collecting pine cones wherever she finds them, but I didn't know you had to bake them before decorating. Great tip. They definitely look nice spraypainted, we had some like that for our Christmas tree growing up.

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    1. When I was little, I liked collecting pine cones, too. :)

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  3. Not really an arts and crafts person, but I don't have to go farther than my yard to find pine cones.

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  4. I've been doing arts and crafts just about my whole life. Even had a store for a while where I sold my stuff!

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  5. Fun! I love arts and crafts, even though I'm not all that good at any of them. :)

    I never thought about buying pine cones - good idea!

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    1. One doesn't have to be an artist to enjoy arts and crafts. :)

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  6. It's been forever since I've been crafty. I know that sounds crazy with home schooling kids, but they're all to that stage where art means pencil and paper, or paint, or oil pastels. Maybe I need to break down and be a kid again and do something like this.

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    1. I couldn't resist doing art projects with my kids if I home schooled...or had kids...lol. But I understand teaching them subjects is more important.

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  7. Sounds fun. Used to be arts and crafty when I was younger like making dolls out of traditional wood clothespin. They were already shaped like people. My son's would love doing this but my fear is how long it'll take before it'd turn into a pinecone-glue-paint-glitter war.

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    1. Ha! I wonder the same with my nephews.

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  8. I need to make some of those with our pine cones. I tried making bird feeders with them - smearing peanut butter on the cones and rolling them in seed - but our birds didn't care for it.

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    1. I did the bird feeders, too. One word...squirrels.

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  9. I remember making those as a kid, sunday school I think was where we did them.

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  10. I think all my children have made me a pinecone ornament at one time or another. I do love a bowl of the cinnamon ones sitting around.

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    1. That's great! I want to make the cinnamon ones. Especially now since it's fall.

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  11. My older daughter loves arts and crafts. She painted the bottoms of a couple of pinecones to look like flowers.

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    1. Aw. I did the same when I was a kid. :)

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  12. I seem to recall having some of those around when I was a kid. I have no idea what happened to them, though. (I mean decorated pine cones. Not just pine cones in general.)

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  13. My parents still have some simple pinecone ornament I made in some dayare when I must've been about three. It just has some colored plastic balls glued on it. The local Orthodox dayschool has done some pinecone crafts too, though obviously not Christmas ornaments! Some of the kids at that school refuse to even say the word Christmas, but use insulting euphemisms like Krismach.

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    1. The things parents keep. :)

      It's sad that all holidays can't be respected.

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  14. This sounds like so much fun! I was going to say my son might enjoy it, but he's not terribly into arts and crafts. Let's just say his mama will very much enjoy it!

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  15. I've made pine cone Christmas tree's. We have a couple of huge pine tree's in the courtyard so it was easy to come across them.

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    1. I like to go on hunts for pine cones in my backyard with my nephews. :)

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  16. Not a big decorator but this sounds like great fun ideas. Pine cone bonanza!

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  17. I love this idea, Chrys! I have a bowl of pine cones I collected last spring on the beach. I know, strange they would be on the beach but it's a very wild and untouched part of the coast. I love the idea of glitter and cinnamon to brighten the tree and add a christmasey scent. I also love that you're thinking of the upcoming season so soon.

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    1. At the beach? That is strange. I've collected leaves from the beach. And obviously shells. lol

      Well, Autumn is right around the corner. And some people need a leg up on crafts to get them ready for the season. :)

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  18. So many people are thinking Christmas today. I'm getting a bit nervous that I'm behind schedule. Should I buy my tree now? :-)

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    1. LOL! My blog schedule is full and in November/December I'm taking some blogging breaks, so now was the best time for this. :P

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  19. I love the idea of cinnamon and glitter on the pinecones! We have some lying around and I've got lots of shelves that need decorating....

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  20. Now I know what to do with all the pinecones I have. We have pine trees, but most of these came from vacations we took in New Mexico. They'd look very nice during Christmas. Thanks for the idea.

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    1. See? No expense needed. Pine cones are free! :D

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  21. Sorry you're feeling sick, Chrys! I love arts and crafts, or at least I used to...it's been a long time. I would never have thought of putting cinnamon on a pinecone ornament--what a great idea!

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  22. I love arts and crafts. I used to do painting (well try to at least) and knitting, but I gave it all up when we moved on our sailboat. Not enough room for all of the supplies and the weather way too hot for knitted items :-( Hope you're feeling better.

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    1. I think it's neat you live on a sailboat. Nope. No room for art supplies.

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  23. Pinecones are definitely fun to decorate. I've done the glitter thing. But not the cinnamon. Maybe we'll try that at my pad.

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  24. Its ages since I have indulged in any arts and crafts activities. In school we had to do them, but once I entered college I forgot about all craft things, though I did indulge in a bit of embroidery.

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    1. I loved crafts, but got away from them until my nephews were old enough to do them. :)

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  25. I can remember pine cone ornaments when I was at school. Gosh that goes back a few years.
    Great post.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Glad to give you happy memories, Yvonne.

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  26. Great idea. Thanks for sharing how to make it.

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  27. Hi Chrys. I hope you're feeling better.
    I can remember doing this and all sorts of things with pine cones when my children were smaller. They do look lovely at Christmas time. :-)

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  28. I haven't decorated for Halloween yet! But I do already have a pine cone collection going on and decorating them sounds much better than allowing them to collect dust in a bowl ;-) Feel better soon, dear Chrys.

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    1. LOL! If I'm better, I usually decorate for Halloween on the first day of Autumn. But pine cones are great for this season, too. You just might need to change the colors for the spray paint and glitter. :D

      Thanks! I'm getting there. I don't have the energy to visit blogs, though. :(

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