If you’ve been with me for a while you know I like to participate in theme challenges with my blogging besties. Now that Thanksgiving is behind us I feel ready to share Christmas decorating ideas with you, so this challenge came at a perfect time. I don’t normally decorate until mid December because I like to be surrounded by Christmas until New Year’s Day. If it’s up too long I want to tear it all down the day after Christmas and that’s just not happening 🙂
This year I will decorate a bit early than normal because I’m having a gathering at my house this weekend. In the blogging world it’s customary to share ideas and projects well before the next holiday to give our readers time to gather supplies and make beautiful things for their own homes.
For our Christmas challenge my friend Tonya over at Hey There Delyla suggested we do a Christmas decor challenge using pinecones. So today I’m sharing a cute Pinecone Swag I made for our challenge. Make sure you check out my blogging friends projects linked up at the bottom of this post. They’ve all come up with some beautiful ways you can use pinecones in your Christmas decorating.
I have a few more easy craft projects I’ll be sharing with you in the next week so make sure you come back often to check on those.
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Pinecone Swag – Supply List
Start by cutting seven lengths of ribbon in approximately 2′ lengths. Starting with the first one gather the bottom of the ribbon into a little bunch, give it a small twist and fold up the end about 1/2″
Place the folded end into the glue. Holding it with one hand use a craft stick to poke the ribbon into the glue so that all the ribbon has contact with the glue. This will keep the end of your ribbon from unfolding.
Continue the step above until all seven pinecones have ribbon attached. Fold each of the ribbons in half at the top then hold them up or lay them out to get them into a nice staggered arrangement. Stack the ribbons like shown below. Once I had mine where I wanted them I used sewing pins to hold them in place.
I found the height I wanted and folded the top over to create a handle. Next I wrapped a length of jute twine around two times and tied it tightly in the front ending with a simple bow.
The pinecone swag is pretty light and the twine-tied handle should hold perfectly. If you want to make sure it’s secure you can attach two sewing pins in the back in opposite directions just to be certain. They’re buried in there nicely so no chance of getting stuck. Lastly, trim the excess ribbon leaving about 1-1/2 inches below the jute.
All that’s left is to find the perfect place to hang it. I used red ribbon and if you remember from my Fall Burlap Wreath my front door has a red tint to it which didn’t work with the red ribbon in my pinecone swag. Total clash and no impact. So I found what I think is the perfect place for my new Pinecone Swag. I’ve always wanted a wreath on my mirror and this is a great start.
I love how it turned out and since I already had the pinecones from last year, the ribbon, and the jute this project was free to me. That’s the best kind of project, am I right? Even if you had to buy the pinecones and the ribbons it would cost around $10 to make; but, if you bought one pre-made in a store it would cost $20 or more.
I hope you enjoyed seeing how I made my Pinecone Swag and are inspired to make on for your home! Remember to to check out my friend’s pinecone projects below, and as always I appreciate your Pins and Shares 🙂
Check out these other lovely pinecone projects for more ideas :