We've never been much for crafts. Mami tries, but we don't have a history of making things.
But now being back in the USA and mami being home all the time, things have changed. Suddenly she has lots of ideas, especially now during Christmas time!
So here's a little project we did and you can too!
Make sparkly festive pine cones and decorate three different ways
1. Go out for a nice walk and collect the nicest pine cones you can find. Try to avoid the crushed ones, those are no good.
2. Clean them off with a damp cloth. We didn't clean them well enough and there were little bugs in them!
3. With a medium brush paint the pine cones white or gold in the downward direction.
4. Let them dry on a piece of construction paper or newspaper on the side while you paint the others (we like using acrylic paints, they dry fast and wash off your hands and clothes easily).
5. Once dry, dip another brush in glue and brush onto the pine cone and quickly sprinkle with glitter.
6. Touch up as needed or add tiny ornaments such as little stars (pictured) or berries.
7. Leave to dry overnight (or for a few hours just to make sure they aren't still wet)
8. The next day spray with varnish to give it an added glow
9. Once dry, you are set to decorate!
10. You can place them in a colorful bowl as a centerpiece
11. Or adorn the mantel wreath
12. Or tie a little string around the top and use as Christmas tree ornaments.
You can also give them as gifts, make them into gift tags, hang some from your door wreath or window or fill a glass bowl with them.
The possibilities are endless, but there were just a few ways we have used them in our house.
Hope you give them a try. They are easy and fun to make, and leave the house looking very pretty and sparkly.
What do you think?
Don't have any glue in the house? Make your own glue in 4 easy steps!
1. Use an small, preferably old frying pan and mix a few spoonfuls of flour and water
2. Make a paste and constantly stir over medium heat (no more than 1 minute)
3. Do not let the paste stick
4. Once well congealed, removed from heat and it's ready to use!