As per tradition, we followed our Restless Writers December meeting with an annual Christmas craft. After collecting (far too many) pine cones, we decided on rustic garland. For such a simple task, we were amazed at the number of bloggers writing novels on how to do this. Here’s how we did it in 5 simple steps.
How to make SIMPLE pine cone garland:
- Collect cones. Don’t do anything silly like sort them by size.
- Cut desired length of twine or ribbon—much more than you think you’ll need.
- Wrap twine around cones. Use wire to make small bunches.
- Add white paint or glitter to the cone tips.
- Scent cones with a fragrance oil like cinnamon or pine.
Voila! Throw it on the mantel or wear it around your neck. Anything goes. And please….always wear a plaid shirt and start before 10 p.m.
A word about cleaning the pine cones to send the bugs packing. Many bloggers are instructing on washing the cones in vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, and bagging and freezing, and even baking them on cookie sheets. We did NONE of this. We put our bin outside in below freezing temps overnight. It did the job. If this pine cone craft doesn’t do it for you, try searching “pine cone crafts” on Pinterest. It’s mind-blowing!
Crafting in parallel, Maria worked diligently on a Christmas card wreath, with a little help from Mary (meow). Again, super simple.
Best excerpt from our holiday minutes:
“Here we are. It was fun.”
Chosen theme for 2019:
“Let’s keep it simple. And let’s get it done.”
Happy Ho Ho to all!
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