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Saturday, April 5, 2008

12 Days of Christmas Crafts - Day 7 - Pinecones

Use pinecones in baskets, glued on wreaths, solo as an ornament, in potpourri, and more.

How to Dry Pinecones
Spread pinecones on a parchment or foil lined cookie sheet and place in 200 degree, or lower oven until all the cones have opened. Usually an hour or two, depending on the size of your pinecones. The slower you dry the cones, the less brittle they will be.

Add Sparkle With Metallic Spray
Preserved leaves, pinecones, and seed pods can be embellished with metallic spray paint or a sprinkling of glitter. Add just a touch for a subtle look or cover completely for a more formal effect.

Festive Swag
You can bring the charm of holiday nature to your curtains by creating a swag to go across the top of the window along the curtain rod. Use pinecones, berries, holly, ivy, and evergreen for the best holiday affect.

Homemade Potpourri
In a metal colander, place flower petals, small pinecones, and bark and leaves from pine, oak or eucalyptus trees. Place on top of water heater to dry. Add drops of perfumed oil. Remove the lid of a shallow box, decorate it with gift paper and fill with potpourri.

Bleach Pinecones

Chlorine bleach
Plastic bucket
Rubber gloves

Step 1: Create a mixture of half water and half bleach by adding the bleach to the bucket and slowly pouring in the water.
Step 2: Inspect each pinecone carefully and brush loose any dirt, mud, grass, or other debris.
Step 3: Add the pinecones to the mixture and allow to soak for about 10 hours.
Step 4: Wearing rubber gloves, remove the pinecones and rinse them under cold water in the sink.
Step 5: Lay the pinecones outdoors to dry, preferably in the sun.

Spiced Pinecones

Ground ginger
Ground cinnamon (or any crushed dry spice you wish)
craft glue
foam brush

Step 1: Mix 1 part glue to 1 part water. Use foam brush to paint the pinecone.
Step 2: Mix equal parts of the spices in a bowl. Sprinkle spice over the pinecone and roll in spice.
Step 3: When coated, allow to dry.

Pinecone Wreath

8 Pine Cones (approximate)
Wire Coat Hanger
Duct Tape
Items to decorate your wreath

Step 1: Cut the wire coat hanger in half and form it into a circle. Wind the two ends together. I them secured the ends and covered the entire circle with duct tape. This held it together better and gave the pine cones a better surface to stick to!
Step 2: Once you have your circle formed, glue on the pinecones. Decorate as desired. I added a ribbon and red beads for the holly berries.
Note: If you want a larger wreath, just do not cut the wire hanger in half.

Use Pinecones in Your Holiday Decorations

The Amazing Pinecone

Pinecone Carolers

Pinecone Angel

Pinecone and Holly Berry Wreath

Pinecone Christmas Tree

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