Holiday decorations come in every theme and color imaginable, and they can cost a considerable amount of money. When just starting out, it can cost hundreds of dollars for everything that you want and need. Cut some of your decorating costs by making pinecone ornaments for your Christmas tree. Make one or all of these three easy decoratons. They can be used indoors or out. Best of all, you can create original, gorgeous decor for a whole lot less than anything available in stores.
Make Gorgeous Flocked Pinecone Ornaments
Pinecones partially covered by new fallen snow are gorgeous, and they can be enjoyed indoors. They make fantastic Christmas tree ornaments. Flocked pinecones are easy to make using white puff paint. Apply it to the outer third of the bracts as well as the very top. If desired, coat the wet paint with fine iridescent glitter. It will look like fresh sparkling snow. Tie invisible thread or monofilament (fishing line) to the top for hanging.
Add Silver or Gold Glitter and a Red Velvet Bow
Pinecone Christmas tree ornaments do not have to look realistic. On the contrary, some of the most gorgeous decorations begin with something natural and end with unique and creative embellishments. Consider using gold or silver glitter to cover the pinecones that will adorn your tree. Paint the bracts with clear-drying craft glue. Before it has a chance to dry, sprinkle them with a generous amount of fine gold or silver glitter. It looks much better than the chunky kind, especially on homemade Christmas ornaments. Finish with a red velvet bow and a matching ribbon for hanging.
Make Adorable Scented Pinecone Owls
Even without embellishments, pinecones resemble owls – at least to those with a good imagination. Make adorable cinnamon or pine scented pinecone owls for your Christmas tree. You do not have to be an artist or a crafter to create cute and impressive decorations.
Buy large plastic eyes and shredded coconut husk or tan raffia. You will also need black or dark gray acrylic craft paint, sharp scissors, a single pinecone bract and E6000 adhesive. Small flexible twigs are optional.
Apply the raffia or individual pieces of coconut husk in circular shapes that are larger in diameter than the plastic eyes. Use the first photo as a guide. Glue the eyes in the center to bring the owl to life. Paint a single pinecone bract black or dark gray. If necessary, trim it with a pair of scissors. After the paint dries, glue the beak just beneath the material that surrounds the eyes.
If using twigs to create a fluffed head and feather-like tail, gather small flexible twigs, and tie them together about two inches from one end. Consult the first photo to see how the bundle should look from the front. Glue or tie the gathered twigs to the back of the pinecone owl.
If desired, use a cotton swab to add cinnamon or pine essential oil to your Christmas tree ornaments. Simply apply it to the bracts. Hang them from the top using jute twine. Your owl decorations can look as great as the one in the photo.
Consider making several pinecone owls for your Christmas tree. They will add fragrance to your home while beautifying the branches in creative and impressive new ways. They also make great gifts, especially for those who collect owl decor.
Source: Advanced Crafting Experience