Make It: Turn sheet music into pinecone ornaments by first cutting the sheets into two-inch strips with a paper trimmer. Then, use craft scissors to cut each strip into several two-by-one-half-inch pinecone scales. Next, hot-glue the scales onto two-inch foam crafting spheres, allowing the bottom edges of the scales to extend one-half inch lower than each sphere. Continue to layer the scales, one row at a time, curling the edge of each slightly upward. Once the final row of scales has been adhered to the top, add a small dollop of glue to the tip of each scale, then dust lightly with glitter. Hot-glue a knotted loop of ribbon to the top, then hang on the tree.
Replace the color and glitz of holiday placecard holders with simple, rustic ones. South Carolina floral designer Karin Jeffcoat created placecard holders by setting individual pinecones in tiny urns. Pinecones can transition your home from the holiday season into winter.
If you want to skip the evergreen sprigs, craft something that will last year after year with these ombre kissing balls. You'll need: 9x12-inch sheets of felt (in your desired hues); 3 floral foam spheres in different sizes; fabric scissors; hot glue gun; hot glue sticks; twine; marker; furniture tacks or push pins.
During the holidays, embrace the season by collecting natural elements from the outdoors and using them to decorate your indoor space. For a project that's easy to create and oozing with holiday warmth, create a garland made from painted pinecones.
Objects look best when grouped in odd numbers with a range in heights. Hold up each of the spheres and decide on the best spacing. Using furniture tacks or push pins, hang the pinecones from the ceiling. Now, these kissing balls are ready to cause trouble (oops!) all season long.
Looking for a unique take on holiday place cards? Marian Parsons places a glittered chipboard letter in a pinecone to create personalized place settings for each guest. To get the look, use an artist brush to apply school glue to both sides of a traditional chipboard letter. Then sprinkle silver glitter on the letter until both sides are entirely covered. Marian suggests adding adhesive magnets to the back of each letter for inexpensive and practical party favors.
Built-in bunk beds in light-colored wood keep up to four kids cozy while also maintaining an open, bright feel in the bedroom. A pinecone-shaped pendant light is a pretty and whimsical nod to the home's mountain setting.
The rustic style of this living room gets a dose of contemporary whimsy with wallpaper depicting a log pile and fabric featuring squirrels perched on tree branches. And is that a gold pendant light hanging in the corner...or a pinecone?
A glass display box shows off holiday decorative items used throughout the home's Christmas displays, including a gold wishbone, a pomegranate and pinecone-trimmed greenery. Gifts wrapped in gold and plaid paper contribute to the classic style.