Lighten Up

Country Sampler - Christmas Decorating - - INSIDE -

Hang a lighter and brighter ver­sion of a pinecone gar­land this sea­son with this bleached ver­sion that Su­san Duane of Love of Home made for the Clean & Scentsi­ble blog. Gather or pur­chase a bag of nat­u­ral pinecones to make your own gar­land. Add two parts bleach to one part wa­ter into a bucket and sub­merge the pinecones. Leave for one and a half to two days. Re­move the pinecones and let dry. They will open again as they dry. Cut twine to your de­sired length and string on 10 cran­ber­ries with a large eye nee­dle. At­tach a pinecone by glu­ing a felt cir­cle over the string on top of the pinecone. String five more cran­ber­ries and then at­tach an­other pinecone. Re­peat un­til you’re close to your de­sired gar­land length, and fin­ish with 10 cran­ber­ries. Tie off the ends and hang. DE­SIGNED AND PHO­TOGRAPHED BY SU­SAN DUANE OF LOVE OF HOME FOR CLEANANDSCENTSIBLE.COM.

DE­SIGNER NOTE Us­ing fresh cran­ber­ries, this gar­land will last about seven to 10 days, de­pend­ing on where you hang it.

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