Country Sampler Autumn Decorating SIP 2018 - - Inside -

Show off your cre­ative craft­ing with a bou­quet of faux zin­nias, rose dahlias and other flow­ers made from cut pieces of pinecones. To trim the cones into flower shapes, use nee­dle-nose pli­ers to re­move one or two rows of scales and then cut through the cone us­ing a hand-held craft saw. For each flower, you’ll use the top, mid­dle or bot­tom of the cone. When you’re sat­is­fied with the flower shape, drill a hole into the back cen­ter of the cut pinecone. Ad­here heavy­weight flo­ral wire into the hole with hot glue to serve as a stem. Paint your flow­ers in a va­ri­ety of fall hues, lay­er­ing colors to add di­men­sion. Ar­range the flow­ers in a vase, and insert dried picks or stems for ad­di­tional tex­ture.

CONE HUNT Conifer species each pro­duce their own unique size and shape of pinecone. Look for the va­ri­ety that best fits the flower you’d like to cre­ate.

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