Christmas isnt really christmas if you dont do some sort of DIY project. Every time I get crafty at Christmas, I instantly go back to my childhood and just remember how much fun it used to be when you’d do something like this at school. Christmas decorations can be expensive so if youre on a budget or just want to add a personal home made touch to your Christmas decor, this will be right up your street. It’s a pretty simple craft but its something to get you in the festive spirit.
WHAT WILL YOU NEED?
– Pine cones (either buy them online, craft store or pick them up near your local pine tree)
– PVA glue
– Bowl…for the glue
– Paint brush
– paper…used paper is probably best as it will end up in the bin
Before you start, make sure you put some paper down on your surface to collect the glitter…it will go everywhere.
Squeeze your PVA glue into a bowl ready to paint onto the pine cones.
using your paint brush or in my case an old make up brush….paint the ova glue onto the leaves of the pinecone. I know thats not what they’re called but thats kinda the only way of describing it. make sure you add glue around the end of the leaves to as you want the glitter to sit along the edge of the pine cone as well as the top of the leaves.
Using your chosen glitter, shake the glitter over the pine cones so that all the glue is covered. Add extra glue and glitter where needed. Once they’re covered they should have a frosted pine cone kinda look to them. Something I’m sure you did once when you were younger. Who hasn’t done this before.
To make sure the glitter sticks to the pinecone and doesn’t forever shed glitter, get your hair spray and cover it. You want to make sure the glitter is properly fixed to the pinecone.
Line up your pine cones in the order that you want them to hang on your garland, making sure the size variations are evening distributed.
Once you have chosen the order, you want to cut a super long piece of string. Make sure that its more than enough so that you don’t run out of space. Then you want to tie the string around the top of the pinecone as that is where they will hang from. You can add a bit of glue to the knot to make sure it doesn’t come un done but it isn’t necessary.
Once all pine cones are tied to the string, cut the string either end to make sure its ready to be hung and then voila you’re done.
Its a pretty easy garland to create but it gives such an cute homemade vibe to you decor and screams Christmas. Let me know if you create this yourself and send me photos via twitter @iamcharolivia…I can’t wait to see your creations!