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Pine Cone Holiday Place Card Holders

Pine Cone Holiday Place Card Holders


Pine Cone Holiday Place Card Holders

Adorable, easy to make DIY Pine Cone Holiday Place Card Holders: Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner seating cards made from pine cones!



Pine Cone Holiday Place Card Holders


In my quest for easy DIY holiday crafts, I stumbled across this one on either JoAnns or Michaels website. While in Michaels one day, I gathered up the things I didn’t have at home to do this craft – which consisted of mini terra cotta pots and tiny pine cones. Then I got to thinking… if someone wants to do this on the spur of the moment, just how many people have tiny terra cotta pots sitting around? Pine cones? Possibly. Mini terra cotta pots? Unlikely.

So I considered what could make a this craft festive, easy and support the weight of that small pine cone, and decided that candy cups could probably work. And they are a whole lot more likely to be had in the average household than terra cotta pots.

With that in mind, I decided to give both a try.

For this craft I used:

Epsom Salt (not pictured)
Small, flat head paint brush
Gold Gilding
Silver Gilding
• Small Pine Cones
• Glue Gun and Glue Stick
Candy Cups
• Sharpie
• Post-its
Mini Terra Cotta Pots (you can get a 4pk at Michaels for under $2)
• Ribbon

• Note: in the photo is spray adhesive. Disregard. It was a big, fat failure.

Pine Cone Holiday Place Card Holders


So let’s start with the terra cotta pots project. I will admit those were simple!

I sorted through my bag of tiny pine cones and found a few that fit into the mini pots.

Pine Cone Holiday Place Card Holders


Using a flat tipped paint brush and silver gilding, I lightly painted the ends of the pine cones.

Pine Cone Holiday Place Card Holders


And that was it. Seriously. Took a few minutes to dry and I was done.

Pine Cone Holiday Place Card Holders


I wrapped a few with a wired ribbon, scribbled a name on a post it, and stuck it inside the pine cone scales. Took about 10 minutes to do all four, and that includes dry time.

Pine Cone Holiday Place Card Holders


On to the candy holders. I decided to double them up for more stability. And that was when I decided the Epsom salts would probably be a good idea for more support and weight.

Pine Cone Holiday Place Card Holders


I poured a bit into the candy cup holders, and poked my finger in, placed the pine cone in the indenture, and painted. That worked fine, but I thought there should be a bit more stability, so I got out the **gasp** glue gun.

Pine Cone Holiday Place Card Holders


Now I have often stated that I would hot glue my fingers together if allowed anywhere near a glue gun, so it was with some trepidation I took this monumental step. Nevertheless, I felt hot gluing the pine cone to the candy cup would be better for support (to keep the pine cone reasonably straight), so the glue gun got plugged in.

And I hot glued the bottom of the pine cone, slapped it into the candy cup, held it in place for a few seconds while the glue cooled, and did not burn myself!

I did, however, drop the glue gun on the floor immediately after first use, and smelled something funky – which I promptly ignored.

Pine Cone Holiday Place Card Holders


I then added a bit of Epsom salts for more weight and stability.

Pine Cone Holiday Place Card Holders


I again painted the edges of the scales with silver gilding.

Pine Cone Holiday Place Card Holders


I again scribbled a name on a post it, and stuck it inside the pine cone scales. Again this took about 10 minutes to do all four, and that includes dry time.

Pine Cone Holiday Place Card Holders


These are freaking adorable! I have them set aside for Christmas dinner.

Pine Cone Holiday Place Card Holders


If you are looking for a quick, cute craft for your holiday table, this is certainly easy enough.

Pine Cone Holiday Place Card Holders


And depending on how much of this stuff you have in your house already, the cost is minimal.


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Christmas Craft: Cinnamon Stick Votives

Christmas Craft: Cinnamon Stick Votives


Christmas Craft: Cinnamon Stick Votives

A very easy, DIY craft that takes only 5 minutes, and adds festive lighting and a wonderful holiday scent to your home, these Cinnamon Stick Votives can be assembled by nearly anyone!

Hubby and I went to dinner with my parents, my brother, and his girlfriend the other day. As we were chatting about the table, Hubby told my mother I was doing a few crafts for the blog. My mother was very interested in what. You see my mother was Martha Stewart before Martha Stewart was Martha Stewart. There is nothing my mother cannot craft. Clearly this apple not only fell far from that tree, it rolled across a few fields and landed in some mud before disintegrating. Martha Stewart, I am not.

So knowing my crafting-skill-level was about that of a 10 year old (on a good day), my mom asked me what I had planned. I told her about the shimmer candles I did last week, and how I painted the pine cones for the front foyer. She suggested I do the “cinnamon stick votives,” and I assured her I was going to brave the glue gun and give it a try.

At this point she started shaking her head and smiling. She told me, “You don’t need a glue gun” – I think this was said because she feared for my safety – “you just need a few rubber bands!” And she proceeded to tell me how these were done:

Christmas Craft: Cinnamon Stick Votives


You need:

4 oz Cinnamon Sticks (3″ or 4″ length)
1 Votive
1 Flameless Votives (do not use a real candle)
3 Rubber Bands
Length of Wired-edge Ribbon
Scissors to cut your ribbon

Christmas Craft: Cinnamon Stick Votives


First things first, place two rubber bands around your votive.

Christmas Craft: Cinnamon Stick Votives


Life up your rubber band and slip a cinnamon stick underneath. It will end up between the rubber band and the votive. The rubber bands will hold the cinnamon stick in place.

Christmas Craft: Cinnamon Stick Votives


Do this all the way around your votive. Place a third, thicker rubber band around the whole pile.

Christmas Craft: Cinnamon Stick Votives


Push the votives down if you like so they are flush with the bottom of the votive. Note: You don’t need to do this, as long as the cinnamon sticks are even, they will support the votive.

Now your cinnamon sticks will be all kinds of crooked. Straighten them out, or make certain they are all at the same angle.

Christmas Craft: Cinnamon Stick Votives


Cut a length of your wired edged ribbon and tie it OVER the rubber bands. Tuck the rubber bands under the ribbon so they do not show.

Christmas Craft: Cinnamon Stick Votives


I tied a simple square knot (left over right and under, right over left and under), and then just manipulated the ends to curl a little (the beauty of wired edged ribbon!)

Christmas Craft: Cinnamon Stick Votives


Insert a flameless candle into the votive,

Christmas Craft: Cinnamon Stick Votives


and turn it on. I strongly suggest you not use a real candle… you just never know.

Christmas Craft: Cinnamon Stick Votives


And 5 minutes later, we are done!

Christmas Craft: Cinnamon Stick Votives


This is with the votives turned on.

Christmas Craft: Cinnamon Stick Votives


The craft time to do all three votives took me 10 minutes total, and about five of those minutes were spent gathering up the supplies. This is one easy craft that will add a nice scent to your house, and look festive at the same time!

Oh tip: I was looking for the short cinnamon sticks at JoAnns, and told Hubby we’d have to stop at the grocery store to buy some. He told me he saw some at the dollar store (for a buck), and he ran in and bought me three packs for $3 total!! Each (4oz) pack perfectly surrounds one 2.2″x2.2″x2.5″ glass votive.


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Painted Pine Cones in a Basket

Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


Painted Pine Cones in a Basket

How to paint pine cones for a special holiday decor basket! An easy, pretty and festive Christmas decorating idea.



For years now I have kept a simple wicker basket in the front hall. I fill it will scented pine cones (cinnamon for me), and my entry smells fabulous all year round! This is a doorway that doesn’t get much use, so the air would get rather stale. Now it always smells like “home”.

This year, I decided to glitz-up my pine cones a bit. I knew I needed fresh pine cones since the others had gotten pushed around a bit, and were starting to look rather old and worn. The scent was also dissipating, so I figured, wth! And bought two bags while at JoAnn’s a few weeks ago.

With my love of glitter, it was a no-brainer that some would be sparkly. I decided against Epsom salts as I wasn’t certain if wet paint alone was enough to hold them in place. In the end I glued glitter anyway, so maybe I should have dragged out those Epsom salts and mod podged them too?

Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


I started with these craft supplies:

Mod Podge
• Extra Fine Glitter in 24 Karart (gold), Sterling (silver) and Crystal
Acrylic Paint (I used silver, gold and white)
Small, flat head paint brushes
Gold Gilding
Silver Gilding
Pine Cones
• Wicker Basket

Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


I sifted through my pine cones to separate the best ones from the two bags I purchased. I layered the lesser ones that would not be seen on the bottom of my wicker basket. I did this for aesthetics purposes (I obviously wanted the nicer looking ones on top), and I because I knew I wasn’t sealing these as they are scented. I was afraid the sealer would dull the cinnamon scent. So, I wanted my pine cones as whole as possible.

Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


I covered my kitchen island with parchment paper. Since I was working with glitter, I wanted to contain the mess. I also needed to pour out some of my paint, and so just poured it directly onto the parchment paper (like a palette). This worked a whole lot better than dipping my brush continually into the little paint container.

Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


I painted the edges of some of the pine cone scale. I also painted into toward the middle of the pine cone scale on some of the scales. My idea was to make these look like glittery snow. I didn’t want too much paint, but some. Less is more.

Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


When I was done with a color, I lined the pine cones up in a row. If for some reason they needed a second coat (they didn’t), I wanted to know what color was on what pine cone. I put the paint color at the top of the line.

Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


While the paint was still wet, I sprinkled on some glitter. I had actually intended to do this will all of them, but chose not to. I just dusted a few. Some were left as only paint, and others…

Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


were “painted” with mod podge exactly where I wanted my glitter to show, and then …

Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


dusted with glitter.

Allow paint and mod podge to dry for several hours or overnight.

Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


I cannot say enough good things about the Martha Stewart Gilding. I wasn’t certain how I would use it when I bought it… I just wanted a little extra bling. It went on so smoothly and covered so well, I was able to paint the bottoms of the pine cones with just a little bit of the gliding, and each tipped scale come out beautifully! Honestly if I had tried this first and known how well it was going to turn out, I’d have been tempted to do all the pine cones with the gilding.

Note: the gilding clean up requires oops! or goof off.

Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


After allowing these to dry completely, I layered the painted and glitter pine cones into the top of my basket.

These are in the enclosed front hall near our front door on the floor.

Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


Not only do they smell great, they look beautiful too!

This was an easy way to customize a basket of pine cones. You can use any color you like from classic to crazy! The real beauty of a DIY craft project is being able to customize to your decor and taste.


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