We are into November and the days are getting chillier and shorter so it is time to get into crafting mode. Over the years I’ve added all sorts of Christmas crafts and decorating ideas to my site. I’ll be grouping some together and sharing them again.
Last week were craf-tea ideas. Nuts and pinecones are the theme for this week.
The first is a pinecone and candle centre piece. The base is a wicker plate with a candle in the middle and decorated with pinecones and small ornaments. Small pieces of greenery are added to give a bit of scent. You do need to be careful when the burning candle gets very low so that the cones and greenery don’t catch on fire. These were made one year with our youngest daughter and given as gifts to teachers and friends.
I love crafting with nature items and a pinecone wreath is the second idea for this week. It is simple to make and depending on what you add to it can be as simple or as fancy as you like. These pinecones were collected on different nature walks and seeing it each year reminds me of those great hikes.
The third idea are glitter pinecones. Glue was brushed onto the dried out pinecones and then epson salts and glitter were sprinkled all over them. Almost instantly you have some sparkly pinecones. Just fasten a piece of fishing line around the cone, tie it in a loop and hang them on your tree. I use fishing line because it is clear and it looks like the cones are suspended in the air. They sure do sparkle when the tree lights are on. I still have some glitter cones that our two oldest daughters made when they were toddlers. Wonderful memories.
Last year I also bleached some pinecones, and while they aren’t exactly festive they can be used in decorations.
The fourth idea are homemade ornaments and this nutty snowman is a cute addition to your tree. He’s made with walnuts and hazelnuts, google eyes, pom moms and a plastic top hat. This nutty snowman was originally make as a Brownie craft and then made at home when our girls were young.
And fifth is a fun/gag gift. If you collect a variety of nuts, and they will be on sale soon in the stores, you can make your own nutty family. Just use as many types of nuts as you have people in your family. The nuts are glued onto a little strip of wood, google eyes, hats, pom poms and felt features are added and the sign was made with a demo printer. This nutty family was originally given to us by my mother in law and it brings back wonderful memories each season it comes out.
The festive season is coming … and it will be here before you know it.
Make some memories and make them homemade.
The Christmas Five