Pine cone ornaments

Christmas is a great time for projects, and almost anything can be adapted to display the holiday spirit! If you happen to be sick of seeing all of the plastic around year after year, or maybe if you are short on cash. Hey you might just be feeling really creative and are looking for a project you can do. A great choice is making pine cone Christmas tree ornaments. You can have a family evening of arts and crafts, or an afternoon crafts date with your girlfriends, heck even if you are alone its a great project. It costs hardly anything as well, since you most likely have all the things you need in your home already. And if not, they are cheap to buy.

What you will need to create your pine cone Christmas tree ornament:

- A pine cone, the number depends on how many ornaments you wish to make.

- A string of a sort, it can be sewing thread, fishing line, pretty ribbon, yarn, etc.

- Glue, either a hot glue gun or liquid crafts glue will do.

- Oil, tempera paints.

- Some paint brushes.

- Glitter, either in form of glitter pens, in paint or sprinkles.

- A plastic cup for water, this is for when you are painting. As well as a paper towel or two to clean the brushes.

- Old newspaper or other scrap to protect your work surface.

How to create your pine cone Christmas tree ornament:

- Before you start make sure you cover up your table, or other work surface with old news paper so it doesn't get ruined or dirty in case of any mishaps that are usually bound to happen during arts and crafts sessions.

- Now clean up your pine cone, get rid of any dirty or cob webs that might be on it. You can do this with a lightly damp paper towel.

- Once they are clean let them dry a few minutes. While they dry you could prepare your oil paints, water and brushes.

- After the pine cones are dried you are ready to decorate them. You can paint the whole pine cone in one color. You can go two tone, or one color per row. Really the options are endless, you just need to let your imagination run free. Golden, bronze and silver colors will make them look fancy, while bright colors will show off the more playful side.

- When done painting add some glitter. You should do this according to manufacturers instructions. And it depends on which type you get.

- After you have painted and glittered it up, once again let the pine cone dry completely.

- As for attaching the string so you can hang it, you can do this either buy tying it to the very tip of the pine cone, gluing it to the bottom. Or maybe you want it sideways in which case you can glue it in between the rows.

There are many variations of how to make these ornaments and with a little imagination and will they all come out looking spectacular.

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