More crafts in the Handmade Holidays series.
I've been wanting a pine cone wreath to hang at Christmastime for many years. But I always hate having to take down the holiday decorations so I was trying to think of how to make a decoration that could stay up for more than a month. Answer: a pine cone star.
It was easier to make than I thought it would be and also much heavier. Be warned, if you use the cinnamon-scented pinecones for sale at the craft stores your house will smell like cinnamon for a long time.
Pine cone Star
Large piece of sturdy cardboard
Hot glue and gun
Draw out the shape you want on sturdy cardboard. If your pattern takes you over a bend in a box, it's OK. Once your pine cones are glued on, they will make it stay flat. Decide what is your top. Wrap that part of the cardboard with a couple layers of duct tape. Punch a hole in the duct tape and run a ribbon through it for your hanger.
Sort pine cones by size. (For a star that is 2 feet across, I used 3˝ bags of pine cones from the craft store.)
For my star, I found the nicest shaped pine cones and hot glued them at the points of the star. Then I glued larger ones to line the outside edge of the cardboard. I glued the largest, ugliest pine cones to fill the middle.
After the glue was dry, I took the smaller, nicer shaped pine cones to fill a second layer. This is where it is more like a puzzle. Take the pine cones and twist and turn them until they fit snuggly into a hole. Carefully pull it out, add hot glue to the bottom and stick it back in the spot.
Continue with smaller pine cones on the second layer until all bare spots are covered.
Glue a large bow to the middle.