During the Christmas holidays pine cones are abundant almost everywhere; fortunately, they also have an abundance of uses for creating Christmas garland to use as decorations. Creating garland out of pine cones is something you can get the entire family involved in; bring the Christmas spirit into your home by playing soft Christmas music, burning Christmas scented candles, and drinking hot apple cider while you and the kids sit around the table stringing pine cones into garland.
Send the kids out to hunt and gather pine cones; you can help them or you can set up the craft area where you will string your treasures into Christmas garland.
Place an old tablecloth or old newspapers down on your dining room table -- pine cones could scratch the surface of your table if left unprotected. Set up your decorating supplies; you need strong fishing line or other string that will not easily break. Other decorations are purely optional and should be left up to your imagination, such as stringing flowers or Christmas ornaments along your garland with the pine cones.
Gather any decorations you want to add to your pine cones. You can spray paint them a festive silver or gold or you can sprinkle glitter over them before you string them. If you choose to spray paint your pine cones you should let them sit for a day or so before you string them so you don't smear the paint.
Wrap your fishing line tightly around one pine cone, then wrap a second pine cone around the wire as close as you can to the first pine cone. Continue doing this until your garland is as long as you want it.
Tips & Warnings
- You can use a drill to make holes into the base of each pine cone and string them this way should you choose. Have an adult handle the drilling.
- You can also wrap wire around the base and through each pine cone and use the wire to fasten the pine cone to twine or an already assembled piece of garland.
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