Thursday, November 18, 2010

Rustic Pine Cone Gift Projects

Pine cones make attractive, unique gifts for your lady and men friends. An area near me has large pine trees that produce huge pine cones. I gathered several last year and decorated the cones with different colors of wax and ribbons and gave them as Christmas gifts to several coworkers at my day job. Throughout the year I noticed that each individual left the pine cone on display. The men preferred the natural pine cone with no decorations. This year I'm creating other uses for the pine cones (I'll share the photos later).

To decorate pine cones dipped in wax, go to your local Michael's or other hobby/craft store and look in the candle/wax aisle. Michael's has candle-making booklets with ideas to choose from. Choose your wax and colors. I used a small crockpot to heat the wax in, and that worked well. However, next time I'd like to use a larger pot to heat the wax in - easier to dip very large pine cones. After the pine cones are dipped and dried, decorate them with your favorite ribbons. Your friends and family will love the rustic pine cone gifts!

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Tammy said...

Love them! Where's mine? Can't wait to see your next project. I might have to be a copy cat.

Cindy said...

I've never thought of giving pinecones for gifts. Yours look really nice, though. Years ago when my children were three and five (that was 28 years ago, oh dear that makes me feel so old.) Anyways, they helped me staple ribbon to the bottom of the pinecones that they picked up for me and we hung them on the tree. Free and pretty.
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Hugs, Cindy
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Bonnie said...

Such a cute idea. I love the simplicity of it. Very nice!