Pinecones

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Two tech­niques for mak­ing na­turein­spired decor for the holidays

How to make… a wrapped felt pinecone

Ma­te­ri­als

Sty­ro­foam eggs, ap­prox 2" high and 1½" di­am­e­ter Pieces of col­ored felt, ap­prox 13" long Hot glue gun and glue Rib­bon, ric-rac, or light­weight pa­per Glit­ter spray

Sooo pretty... cre­ate a mag­i­cal glade in your home this win­ter with our felt pinecones. choose

rich browns that na­ture in­tended, or rebel with hot pinks and glit­ter­ing golds. We asked two of our fave de­sign­ers for their ideas, and the fin­ished dec­o­ra­tions are sim­ply awe­some – plus, they’re com­pletely ad­dict­ing to make.

Make them in dif­fer­ent sizes and hang them on your tree, on the door­knob, on the dog’s tail… tie them to gifts in­stead of bows, clus­ter them in a glass bowl to make an ace cen­ter­piece. First up, Am­ber Gameiro shares her wrap­ping tech­nique. Try al­ter­nat­ing the felt with sil­ver rib­bon or ric-rac, or give the felt a dust­ing of glit­ter.

01 cut felt into ¾" wide strips, us­ing the length of the felt. Don’t worry if the strips are not per­fect. You’ll need around five strips to wrap your egg.

02 Cut each strip of felt so that it has a scal­loped edge along one side. Ideally, each scal­lop should be 5 /8" in width but, again, it doesn’t have to be per­fect. (This is the kind of craft­ing we like!)

03 In between each scal­lop, cut a small snip, leav­ing about ¼" between the snip and the straight side of the strip. This will give the look of the pinecone scales. 04 Tak­ing one of the scal­loped

strips, roll it up un­til it is " wide. Don’t cut off the tail end. Put a blob of hot glue on the bot­tom of the rolled-up felt strip, then stick it to the top of the foam egg. Push the roll down onto the egg a lit­tle, so that the cen­ter pushes out.

05 Once the glue is set, be­gin wrap­ping the tail end of the felt around the egg. Move the strip

of felt lower and lower as it wraps around, adding a bead of hot glue as you go. Wrap it close enough so that none of the

foam egg can be seen between each round of the felt. When the tail end of the felt has been wrapped, add an­other strip of

felt and con­tinue, wrap­ping and glu­ing un­til you reach the bot­tom of the egg or un­til it be­comes too awk­ward (it will start to bunch up). At that point, cut off the ex­cess strip of felt.

06 cut a few scales from your leftover felt strips and glue them to the bot­tom of the pinecone fol­low­ing the same pat­tern.

07 cut a small cir­cle, about ¾" in di­am­e­ter (or large enough to cover the ex­posed foam end) and notch the edges as shown in the im­age, above.

08 Make a small snip in the cir­cle, then feed through a scrap of twisted felt to make a stem.

09 Glue to the bot­tom of the pinecone and snip the stem to length. Or, feed through a loop of rib­bon and stick to the pinecone so it can be hung as an or­na­ment. See the project on

the next page for more de­tails on mak­ing the stem and hang­ing your lovely pinecone.

How to make… a lay­ered felt pinecone

Ma­te­ri­als

Felt in two com­ple­men­tary colors Wax pa­per Nee­dle tool (or awl) Thin wooden skew­ers Pink­ing shears Quick-set­ting craft glue Fine-tex­tured glit­ter Small dish and spoon for glit­ter Drink­ing glass or con­tainer Ta­pes­try nee­dle Me­tal­lic thread or string Trans­form a wooden skewer into a nifty craft­ing tool to make beau­ti­ful lay­ered pinecones, cre­ated for us by Su­zonne Stir­ling.

They’re pretty bud­get-friendly too.

01 Cut pieces of wax pa­per slightly smaller than your felt. With waxy side fac­ing down, iron the pa­per onto the felt at medium heat. Trace around the tem­plates (page 89) onto the pa­per side of the felt. For each felt color you’ll need: two A petals, three B petals, one C pe­tal, two D petals, and one E pe­tal.

02 Peel off the pa­per from each pe­tal. Us­ing your nee­dle tool, make a hole in the cen­ter of each pe­tal. Slide the first set of petals (A) over the skewer, one of each color.

03 Cut seven small squares of felt and make a hole in the cen­ter of each to use as spac­ers. As­sem­ble: one set of A petals, square spacer, one set of B petals, square spacer, one set of C petals, square spacer, one set of B petals, square spacer, one set of B petals, square spacer, one set of A petals, square spacer, one set of D petals, square spacer, one set of D petals, no spacer, then one set of E petals. 04 Al­ter­nate the po­si­tion of the

petals so they re­sem­ble a nat­u­ral pinecone. Con­tinue through to the place­ment of the D petals. 05 Trim the skewer, then glue the E

petals into a clus­ter and set aside for a minute to let the glue start dry­ing. Cut the tip off the pe­tal clus­ter to cre­ate a flat bot­tom and open it a lit­tle be­fore the glue sets.

06 Wrap the pe­tal clus­ter around the ex­posed tip of the wooden skewer and pinch it to se­cure it.

07 Ap­ply glue around the base of the pe­tal clus­ter and bring the last D pe­tal up­ward, pinch­ing it un­til

the glue sets, for a nat­u­ral look. 08 To make a stem, cut a small cir­cle of felt with pink­ing shears, make a hole in the cen­ter. Cut a nar­row strip of felt, ap­ply glue along the cen­ter and twist, un­til glue dries. In­sert the twisted felt through the hole in the cir­cle. Glue the tail of the strip on the in­side of the cir­cle. Trim the ex­cess skewer, flush with the first set of petals. Glue the stem to the bot­tom of the pinecone petals. Trim if de­sired.

To hang

Cut a small cir­cle of felt with pink­ing shears, make a hole in the cen­ter us­ing a nee­dle. Knot a loop of me­tal­lic thread and in­sert the knot­ted edge through the hole, glu­ing the tails of the

thread to the in­side of the cir­cle. Glue onto the bot­tom of the pinecone.

Glit­tered pinecones

Make a hole in the cen­ter of the petals and string onto skew­ers. Ap­ply a line of glue along the pe­tal tips, spoon on glit­ter and shake off ex­cess. Rest over a glass to dry.

Liv­ing in On­tario, Canada, with her hus­band and son, Am­ber be­gan her blog SaltTree in 2010, as an out­let for her cre­ative ideas. SaltTree grew into a place where crafters of all skill lev­els can ex­change ideas, recipes, and crafts. www.salttree.net or...

Felty idea: nes­tle a few of these lovelies into a nat­u­ral green wreath.

Su­zonne Stir­ling is a stylist and crafter work­ing for mag­a­zines and craft companies in the US. She lives in New Or­leans with her hus­band and son. When she’s not craft­ing, she blogs about the things that cap­ture her fancy, on Ur­ban...

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