My husband knows me well. I guess after ten year of marriage he totally gets that coming home with a truck load of aspen branches, or a trailer full of evergreen clippings, or a garbage can full of pinecones leaves me feeling all twitterpated and goofy inside. Yep, he’s pretty thoughtful. And it also helps tremendously that he’s a lawn care maintenance guy, it makes finding those kinds of treasures pretty easy for him.
So, this time it was pinecones. He spend a day doing yard stuff at grandma’s, and she let him take her beautiful pinecones. Love that.
I also loved that I have a lot of pinecones to work with this year. It took some time, but I finally figured out what to do with them.
I made a garland for the kitchen window. I love how it turned out, even if getting there was a bit of a process.
I’ll tell you how I did it, and I’ll tell you what not to do too.
I used thin hemp jewelry cord, because that’s what I had on hand. I gathered up all my pinecones.
Then I gathered some Band-Aids and antibiotic ointment.
Because pinecones are very sharp. Very, very sharp.
I stared with my first pinecone and tied the cord around it, at the top. Then I let out a bunch of cord, more than I knew I needed. I cut off the cord there. At first I just wrapped the cord around each pinecone, when I was all done I picked it up by the ends and all the pinecones fell to the floor. Oops. I guess a whole bunch of pinecones are pretty heavy.
So then I just tied on the rest of the pinecones until I thought it was long enough. I made a loop, like I was getting ready to tie the cord into a knot.
Then I slipped the pinecone through the loop and tied it up really tight. Once I was done I took them outside and spray painted it silver. Cause sparkly things just look better.
After I hung it up I realized my spacing was totally off. I was hoping for one pinecones one right after the other, but that’s not how it worked out. So I grabbed a bunch of snowflakes and stuck them in between. So far, they haven’t fallen out. If they do I’ll just put a dab of hot glue on the pinecones to hold the snowflakes on.
It looks pretty and sparkly now. But I’m thinking I need to stick up some lights too. What do you think?
Oh, and here’s the cool part: pinecones, we already had; hemp cord, already had that too; Band aids, had those also; and the snowflakes we’ve had for years. So this project did not cost one penny. I really like that!