Hi everyone! I’m Jennifer Z. from Town and Country Living and so happy to be here on Jennifer Rizzo’s blog today sharing a fun and rewarding Christmas project. You can make this on your own or get your kids involved in the fun with glittering! Today is all about adding a little glitz and glam to the humble pine cone.
You’ve seen them dipped in paint, glittered, and strung together on a garland. Pine cones make favorite Christmas ornaments due to their close relationship to the Christmas tree. This year, I put my own little twist on the proverbial pine cone ornament by first giving them a bleach bath before dressing them up with glitter and iridescent ribbon.
First thing you need to do is gather your pine cones. You can buy them at the store if you don’t have any nearby pine trees.
Soak the pine cones in a bleach solution for 24 hours using a ratio of 2 parts bleach and 1 part water. You can do this in mason jars with lids on, or place them in a big bowl with a plate on top to keep the pine cones from floating. Don’t be surprised when the pine cones close up. After 24 hours, rinse the pine cones really well in water… they might still look dark at this point. Place them in an 250 degree oven for about an hour. The heat will cause the pine cones to open back up and lighten in color. They should be a very light brown or tan.
Once the pine cones have cooled off, apply Mod Podge using an artist’s brush. If you want really glittery pine cone ornaments, make sure you brush Mod Podge on both the top and bottom of the cone scales.
Next comes the fun part! Sprinkle glitter on the pine cone, turning it over to get the undersides of the scales. Gently shake off excess glitter. Be sure not to shake too hard because you want most of the glitter to stick. After the glue dries, you can shake them again and reuse any glitter that didn’t adhere to the pine cone.
Tie some pretty bows, leaving a big loop to hang your pine cone ornaments. Use a hot glue gun to attach the bows to the base of the pine cones. I chose white iridescent ribbon but any color or type of ribbon will do.
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