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Crafters' Christmas Ornament To Make Cheaply

Updated on August 6, 2019
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Maren has taught pre-school through college. She loves the wonder of learning.

Winter Christmas Ornament

A pine cone and craft supplies you have at home create a lovely decoration.
A pine cone and craft supplies you have at home create a lovely decoration. | Source

Summer Means "Plan for Christmas"

If you are like me, there are only about three months of the year in which I am not thinking about Christmas. I love the holiday.

So, I start thinking about Christmas craft ideas as I peruse summer yard sales and craft store clearance sales.

Every summer my sons and I made a new type of ornament for the Christmas tree. It was a tradition for our family during the summer vacation from school. This timing was great because there was plenty of free leisure time, a need for non-TV activities, and it was a family bonding experience.

I know crafters are good planners, so whether or not you are incorporating children into making items, these two are simple and inexpensive to make ahead of December.

Pine Cone Christmas Ornament

The pine cone ornament can be hung on the tree or can be grouped on different lengths of ribbons and hung in a window, on a wall, or on the front door.

Your imagination is the only limit.

Supplies for Pine Cone Ornament

  • Pine cones, dry and in good condition
  • Sewing thread or embroidery floss
  • Ribbon – fabric or gift wrap type
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cotton swabs (such as a Q-tip)
  • Pan or plate for powder shaking
  • Talcum powder or glitter

Pine Cones

The basic "ingredient" for a pine cone ornament.
The basic "ingredient" for a pine cone ornament. | Source

Festive Ribbons Put Me in the Holiday Happy Mood

I feel so good as I start creating and decorating with curling ribbon and fabric ribbon.
I feel so good as I start creating and decorating with curling ribbon and fabric ribbon. | Source

Procedure

1. Gently shake the pine cones over a trash can to dislodge any loose flakes or materials.

2. Then, use a piece of floss or thread about 5 inches long to circle under the scales at the top (where the stem would be) and tie tightly in a double knot. The 2 ends of the thread will be used to secure the visible ribbon loop and any decorative ribbons.

The Invisible Worker Thread

Thread slips under scales at the top of the clean pine cone.
Thread slips under scales at the top of the clean pine cone. | Source

3. Next, cut about 5 inches of fancy ribbon for the loop to hang on a Christmas tree branch. Double knot it and then use the thread to tie it onto the pine cone.

If you want long hanging ribbons for an artistic wall or window statement, adjust the 5 inches to the length you want times two. Remember you are making a loop.

Ribbon Loop for Hanging

Thread is used to tie on the loop of curling ribbon.
Thread is used to tie on the loop of curling ribbon. | Source

4. After that, choose decorative elements for the top of your ornament.

In my photos that I used an 8-inch length of red ribbon and also added silver curling ribbon.

They both are tied onto the pine cone with the thread. When you are done adding ribbons and double-knotting them securely, then cut off the ends of the thread.

Grosgrain Ribbon for the Top Decoration

I cut an 8 inch length of ribbon.
I cut an 8 inch length of ribbon. | Source
Place the ribbon at the top of the pine cone ornament.
Place the ribbon at the top of the pine cone ornament. | Source

5. To add the appearance of snow-tipped scales, dip a cotton swab into clear-drying glue (such as Elmer’s brand) and spread a drop on the edges of the scales. Then, holding the pine cone over a pan or plate, sprinkle on powder, glitter, or other dried pigment. (In the example photographed, I used talcum powder and a little bit of curry powder.) When you are finished, it is easy cleaning the excess powder: just pour it from the pan into your trash can.

Adding Snow Effect

Use a glue which dries clear.
Use a glue which dries clear. | Source
The finished pine cone ornament hanging on a door.
The finished pine cone ornament hanging on a door. | Source

You and Your Family Will Love These Ornaments

They will become family heirlooms.

My Cat, Skeeter, Weighs In on Artistic Merit

I think that my cat is saying "It doesn't look like food, but maybe I'd better check."
I think that my cat is saying "It doesn't look like food, but maybe I'd better check." | Source

How do you feel about making homemade gifts to give at Christmas?

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© 2012 Maren Elizabeth Morgan

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    • Maren Morgan M-T profile imageAUTHOR

      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks, Rui and Sushma. I do take lots of photos, if I can, for a how-to. Maybe it is because I know for myself I learn best by seeing. Also, having taught poor urban kids and being raised by parents who grew up during the Depression I am TOTALLY into making things from ordinary, non-expensive objects. Thanks again.

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      Sushma Webber 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Maren, great hub, very creative. Keep up the good work. Thanks for the inspiration to create awesome stuff with simple things.

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      Rui Carreira 

      7 years ago from Torres Novas

      Maren, you have a wonderfull nugget here.... I love the fact that you invested the time to get these wonderfull pics. Voted Up!

    • Maren Morgan M-T profile imageAUTHOR

      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks, kumar24894.

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      kumar24894 

      7 years ago from Fuck of HUBPAGES

      Thats a great craft. Well done, loved it :)

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