“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake.”
- Francis Bacon

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Dress your holiday windows with pine cones and beads

I ♥ quick and easy. I also ♥ crafts that require no particular skill level because I will often look for projects to do with my grandchildren when they are here for a sleepover. There is a gigantic pine tree on the side of my property that blesses me with thousands of cones each year - big ones, little ones. Not all of them get used but I do my best to make sure they don't go to waste!

To make this delicate garland, drill a small hole into the top and bottom of each pine cone. Thread silver beads onto eye pins and stick them into the holes. A dab of glue will keep the beads in place. I use my glue gun because it is so quick and easy. Use fine wire ribbon to hang cones from a string of beads. These don't have to be elegant - beads can be multi-color with white cones or green cones or red cones. Use your imagination and have fun. After all, if it's not fun - why do it at all


The Lucy and Dick Show said...

The pine cone ornaments are super! I do prefer things made of natural material!

Anonymous said...

What a Wonderful idea!!
Happy Holidays!!

~ Sara ~ said...

So pretty!!!!

~Kristen~ said...

I love them! Such a fun idea. I am sure I could gather up some pinecones in my yard with my nephew and help him make some ornaments for his Mama and YiaYia!

Fairy Footprints said...

I love the pinecone idea, thats really neat.

Have a great week

.•:*¨¨*:•.Blessings*¨2 U 4¨**¨¨*the holidays .•:*¨¨*:•.


Protege said...

Absolutely lovely; so simple and yet so beautiful.

T's Daily Treasures said...

I love your dressy pinecones. So elegant hanging by the window. Sadly, no pinecones to be round here. Many Christmases ago, I did find cinnamon scented ones and had them in a basket. Haven't seen any around here since. Great idea for using what you can find in your own backyard. Blessings to you and yours, Tammy

T's Daily Treasures said...

PS I missed your last day of November post. So beautiful! You outdid yourself each and every day. Best wishes, Tammy

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Very pretty Mimi! I have some large pinecones that i could do that with. Your blog looks so lovely.

I enjoyed your month of Thankkfullness! I hope we can do it again next year.

Claus said...

Pine cones are one of my favorite things! I enjoy walking the dogs on the weekends of September and October, and pick up pine cones along the way. As it is Fall aroung that time of year, I associate them with that season, and gladly leave them through Christmas time. I never thought of hanging them and displaying them through a window! Clever idea!, and they look lovely. Happy Holidays!

PS I love the new Christmas theme! :-)

Sares said...

This is a great idea. I love the blog look too. I saw this background and loved it! Happy Holidays Mimi and thanks for stopping by to visit!

Lynette said...

This takes me back to when I was a kid. I forgot about the simpliest crafts that make for the prettiest decorations.
The citrus candies look yummy. May have to give those a try.