Monday, January 4, 2010

Frosted Pinecones

Does taking your Christmas tree and other holiday decor down make you feel a little sad, too? Somehow, once all the twinkle lights and festivity is packed away, it kinda gets to me! This year, as part of my New Year's goal to make my house more of a home, I decided I wanted to decorate more for the seasons. A winter wonderland craft that didn't scream HOLIDAYS!! seemed the perfect thing! So without further ado, I want to share an easy, inexpensive craft to bring a little sparkle back to your home with materials you may already have on hand! Gotta love that winning combo, right?

These would be so cute in your kitchen or den -- really, anywhere you want a touch of winter!

Before:
Pretty, or pretty blah?
















After:
Frosty goodness!

















You'll need:
pinecones
spackle/joint compound that dries white
cheapie paint brush
clear/irridescent glitter
bowl
paper plates
thin ribbon (if desired)
hot glue gun

First, paint the joint compound onto the pinecone with your brush.
























Put your pinecone in the bowl and pour glitter over it.






















You can recycle the same glitter by pouring it onto a paper plate and using it again for the next one.
At this point, it'll look like this:
























Put it over on the counter to dry (~ 10 minutes). At this point, if you'd like ribbon loops for hanging, cut your thin ribbon into the length you want for loops, and hot glue the ends together. Then squirt a glob into the top of a dry pinecone, and stick the loop in.

Now it'll look like this:
























(disregard the Christmas tree in the background, mmkay?)

I am picturing these being so adorable hanging from a bare branch that's been spray painted white, or grouped in a basket, maybe with some rag balls or snowmen! What are your ideas for these little frosted pinecones?


This post is linked to Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch and to the Before and After Party @ Thrifty Decor Chick