Pine cones are natural ornaments. When you add paint, glitter and ribbons, they become stunning ornaments for Christmas trees.
- Paint (any colors you want)
- Spray paint
- Water and Elmer’s glue mixture
- Small paper bags
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.
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