Today is the first of twelve, cute, low-cost, and green Christmas crafts I’m sharing with you this season. Follow my blog to have future posts delivered directly to your email.
I actually posted this last year, but unfortunately it was the only one of the twelve crafts that got posted – our family is BUSY and time gets away from me. This year, I’m ahead of the game!
We love decorating for Christmas. We put up a tree in the dining room, the living room & my girls each put a tree in their rooms. My living room tree was loaded with gold ornaments for years – this year I’m going for a more rustic look. I’m reusing a few of my gold ornaments, but I’ve made (or revamped) the majority.
I’m SO excited about these pine cone ornaments!! They didn’t cost me a dime (I had everything on hand).
We got the pine cones at a house not far from home. One day as the girls and I were driving, we noticed pine cones on the ground in a yard. We stopped and asked the homeowner if we could pick some up – he said “anytime” – saves him the trouble (so we cleaned the yard). We got a very large bag that day. Woo Hoo!!
Here’s how to make them…
Nail clippers (if you have prickly pine cones)
Natural jute (or other yarn or string)
Material (to make rosettes)
Glue gun & glue
If your pine cones are prickly (like mine), remove the thorns with a pair of nail clippers.
Cut about 10 inches of natural jute, fold in half and tie the ends together (in a knot). Use a dab of hot glue to glue the knot to the top of the pine cone.
I had a roll of natural jute on hand, but as you can see, with a 40% Hobby Lobby coupon it only costs a couple of dollars and it goes a VERY long way.
Embellish however you like… I made rosettes using fabric that I had on hand (the cranberry color rosette was formerly a shirt & the canvas color was from another project – I purchase canvas at Harbor Freight – $7.49 for 4′ x 12′). For a few, I added some greenery (cut from some garland from years past).
To add some sparkle, spread glitter glue on the ornament I find this method to be more efficient (and less messy) than the glue and glitter method.
Let it dry, hang on your tree, and stand back and admire.
Hope you enjoy making your own…