Pinecones and buffalo check have been my inspiration this Christmas season, buffalo check because, buffalo check! And pinecones because they are so darn cute! I think I have every type of pinecone there is in my decor stash… huge sugar pinecones, tiny little baby ones, faux pinecones, mercury glass pinecones and even a set of 4 ornamental pinecones off of an antique bed, and that brings me to my real inspiration… I wanted to use these gorgeous wooden pinecones on my mantel this year…
You’ll have to wait to see the mantel, that’s a post for another day… but in styling the mantel I found I needed a contrasting colour to pop off of the greenery. And that need for contrast has brought me to this DIY tutorial…I must admit that this is one of my favourite little projects to date, I am so happy with how they turned out.
I’m also pretty stoked to be joining in on a huge, Home for Christmas blog hop with some of the most phenominal bloggy friends I know… so much talent and inspiration ALL in one place. A great BIG thank-you to our hosts at, Hometalk.com and CountryLiving.com.
And, Funky Junk Donna, wow! Thanks so much for organizing this! xoxo
I’m so glad you could join us for, Home for Christmas! Please enjoy all of the major inspiration in the links at the end of this tutorial or follow along on Facebook or on Instagram, just click on the hashtag, #HomeForChristmas. We enjoy sharing with you and hope you will find inspiration in what we all love doing. xo
Now on to the tutorial…
I needed a contrasting pinecone for my mantel… I put that on the back burner one evening and decided to flip around on Pinterest… and eureka! I found the perfect thing. This was the pin that sparked this project. I of course clicked on the link and looked for a how-to… this image only went as far as a round up post on a popular web site, the original content was gone, WHOMP WHOMP!
Mad search mode began, how the heck do I make these things? Finally I found lots of inspiration from searching, paper pinecone ornaments… this is the tutorial I ended up following the closest, but of course I modified it to suit my needs. Let me just say that this little project has so many uses, I will be using them on my mantel as stated above… but I see these as hostess gifts, name tag holders on a beautiful table scape, Christmas tree ornaments, make your gifts a little more special with these cuties! Really, I could do a whole post just telling you all of the potential! And, I’ve used vintage music sheets to make mine… you could use your favourite colours, all white, all black, again sky is the limit, seriously… I could do a whole post, so many possibilities!
I liked this guy so much I carried him all over to take pictures… haha, I’m a bit looney!
Styrofoam eggs multi-pack (Michael’s) I used varying sizes and made 10 in all.
1 1/2″ square punch (Michael’s) – I used this size for each pinecone and loved the way each one turned out.
Any paper that you love, I used vintage music sheets. (obsessed much)
Glue gun and glue sticks.
Any decorative ribbon (optional).
How I made these pinecones:
2. Dog ear or fold down one corner of your square.
3. Fold down second corner to make a point.
4. Dot some glue on your folded paper.
5. At the top of the egg (the skinny top) glue your pointed paper down, make sure your pointed tip will meet the other pointed tip on the second piece you glue down.
6. Glue your second piece down, make sure tips are touching and are at the very top of the skinny part of the egg, don’t worry if you goof up, just gently peel them off and start over, this project is very forgiving.
You can finish off the bottom however you’d like, I chose to add some ribbon, an option for you to hang it from the Christmas tree if you want. I also did not fuss and try to make these pinecones perfect, it really adds to the character if they aren’t perfect… just like everything else in life! 🙂
As Christmas ornaments…
Adorn a gift with a handmade pinecone!
A DIY pinecone on a table-scape… write everyone’s names for each setting, add that personal touch… a great little keepsake for your holiday guests.
Eeeek, so darn cute! I can’t wait to show you how these little guys look on our Christmas mantel, stop in again later this week I’ll be sharing some of our rustic farmhouse Christmas.
Thank-you so much for stopping in and Merry Christmas everyone!
Again, I would really like to say a HUGE thank-you to our hosts for this opportunity to link up and let this little, Christmas pinecone ornament shine. Now please check out all of the über talented bloggers in the links below… so.much.inspiration!!!!