Martha Stewart I’m not but I still manage to dabble in quite a few different projects to keep my creativity flowing.
My partner a few years ago had gone to the Grand Canyon and picked up some pine cones and this year we decided to make tree ornaments with them. I think that they turned out beautifully and I’ll tell you how we did it.
Equipment that you’ll need
- Small rings ( We used colored rings that we got online but you can get different rings from craft stores )
- Pine cones ( This year we had 2 different types of pine cones from the Ponderosa Pine, & Norway Spruce )
- Hot glue and hot glue gun
- Spray Polyurethane
- paint ( we just used white craft paint but any color you like can be used )
- small paint brushes
- glitter glue
- Christmas tree hooks
- Let your pine cones dry out well. This may take a few weeks but this time will allow them to open up to their fullest extent
- Using your hot glue gun put a healthy dab of glue on the top of the pine cone
- Press a ring firmly into the hot glue and let the glue set
- Once you have rings glued to all of your pine cones then proceed to the next step
- I hung the pine cones on some rods so that after clear coating them they could be hung to dry
- In a well ventilated area get a large box to use as a spray booth
- spray each of the pine cones all over until coated well. Use a light coat and once they are dry give them another coat.
- Let your pine cones dry overnight
- The next day using your paint and glitter let your creativity take charge
- Hang all of your ornaments up to let them dry and again let them dry overnight
Once they are dry the fun begins. Give them away to friends and family or hang them up on your tree. They will be a beautiful addition to your Christmas festivities.