Two techniques for making natureinspired decor for the holidays
How to make… a wrapped felt pinecone
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
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.
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.
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...