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.
Festive candle holders are created by placing pillar candles in a glass bowl filled with pinecones, ornaments and evergreen clippings. Make several to go down the center of the table or to dress up the bar. Scatter around glass ornaments for extra sparkle.
Fill vases with a shiny finish, such as mercury glass, with iced branches and flowers to give your holiday centerpiece a sophisticated winter refresh. Add a few snowflake votives (these are Allen + Roth brand from Lowe’s) to transition into your new year look. Then while packing up ornaments, keep out shapes such as pinecones or finials, that can finish off the transformation.
A North Carolina front porch features a vintage lantern with a bow, a pinecone garland over the door and an evergreen wreath with a fancy ticking bow (that matches the lantern bow). The faux trees in urns are decorated with handmade painted birch bark ornaments and frosted shatterproof balls. It's decorated by craft and home decor blogger Amy Buchanan of AttaGirlSays.