Decorating With Pine Cones

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J’aime des pommes de pin!  Translation:  “I love pine cones!” They are one of nature’s most exquisite yet simple design elements. In preparation for the holidays, I searched the globe for some of the most beautiful and unique decorating ideas using des pommes de pin.
Create a simple and organic look using a base of twine as featured on Carnets de Daniele. An oversized spool of thread would work just as well for that avid seamstress. I also love the use of twine in the garland with red felt hearts from Vechernie-posidelki. The rope and burlap bow (below), “toute simple, avec de la corde brute et des rubans ou de la dentelle dans des coloris assortis”  and the natural garland of pine cones, small birch branches and bleached wood is also from Comme Un Air de Fete. Very creative and yet a very easy diy project.
Large, oversized pine cones add punch to a centerpiece. Spraying them white and pairing them with white orchids, amaryllis bulbs or Aurelian Lilys Liliums adds elegance to any tablescape (as featured below). From The Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula Holiday House Tour.
Using a burlap runner and natural-colored pine cones keeps it clean, organic and a bit rustic. From The Natural Wedding Company. Je l’adore!
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Displaying pine cones in antique silver bowls, trays or mercury glass containers combines the simplisticness of nature with timeless elegance. Spraying them white or metallic adds to the splendor.

Want to keep it simple? By simply placing pine cones in a natural-looking container such as ordinary terra cotta planters, a wire basket, garden pots or wooden bowls (with or without mistletoe and pine needles) their innate beauty is revealed. Ou tout simplement….

From Comme Un Air de Fete

From Comme Un Air de Fete

From Et a part ca

From etpartca.canalblog

 

The Farmhouse, Princeton NJ

The Farmhouse, Princeton NJ

Using pine cone pieces to create other objects adds a very unique and fun twist to the season. Here are some examples from one of my favorite stops, The Farmhouse Store in Princeton, New Jersey.

Farmhouse pine cone bear

Pine cone bear

Pine cone deer

Pine cone deer

Add a touch of elegance while keeping that rustic undertone with small pine cone snowflakes and ornaments suspended from twine on a Christmas tree. Or, incorporate a string of gems or beads with pine cones from your chandelier. Adding a clean white ribbon to a pine cone wreath definitely adds a feel of sophistication. Lace can add an accent of femininity or a relaxed homey feel.

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From Maisonsdumonde.com

From Comme Un Air de Fete

From Comme Un Air de Fete

From La Maison d'Annick

From La Maison d’Annick

 

From Shelterness.com

From Shelterness.com

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From Billard Designs

Pine cones can also be incorporated into a unique and personal Holiday gift. I love using them along with natural greens as an accent piece to wrapping paper. Mes Petites Mains Magazine features pine cones on winter wedding favors.

Mes Petites Mains Magazine

Mes Petites Mains Magazine

For the friend who loves nature, these pine cone candle holders are a unique and rustic gift. They aren’t too expensive either – only $20 USD for the pair from Ballard Designs.

Ballard Design

Ballard Designs

A unique gift you can make yourself (as featured on C’est bientot noel) are pine cone fire starters. Just add a personal label or place them in a small gift box or basket that can be placed on a fireplace hearth. Tres Cozy!

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From cestbientotnoel.com

From cestbientotnoel.com

You can also purchase an inexpensive glass hurricane, insert a candle or tea light and accent with twine and pine cones! Very cute. A gift any home décor lover would adore.

From Comme Un Air de Fete

From Comme Un Air de Fete

Another unique gift that my daughter and I want to try and make are pine cone earrings. Our neighborhood is full of tiny pine cones. We may even keep a pair for ourselves!

pineconeearrings A garland of pine cones hanging from a clean white ribbon, twine or  burlap is a beautiful and simple accent. Add a personal touch by painting the pine cones in colors to match your own décor.

From Twig and Thistle

From Twig and Thistle

CommeUnAirDeFete.com

CommeUnAirDeFete.com

Try creating a wreath with pine cones in an unusual shape (heart or star instead of just a circle) and incorporate mistletoe, berries, cinnamon sticks or evergreen branches.

From alittlemarket.com

From alittlemarket.com

I hope you enjoyed my collection of unique des pommes du pin creations. I am now globally inspired to tackle some knockoff pine cone projects for myself. Let me know what you think. I would love your input. J’aime des pommes du pin!

Multi-Language Baby Name Plaques

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As a stay-at-home mom who is always busy multi-tasking and juggling family responsibilities, I treasure the moments that I can be creative and express my artistic side. I’ve created an at home small business that does just that. It is called Global Baby.

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Global Baby offers baby name plaques in multi languages. I produce my plaques using canvas and wood and acrylic paint. I offer names in English, Greek, French, Gaelic, Hebrew and custom languages as well.

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Here, I’ll illustrate how I design and produce the 6″x14″ wooden name plaques.

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First, I begin with a plain unfinished wooden plaque. I sand it to make it smooth. I paint it (both sides) and then attach a pre-painted wooden ornament (can be purchased at Michaels, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby or any craft store and online).

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Then, using a graphic-oriented software (I use Publisher), I produce the names on my computer with related ethnic fonts. I flip the font horizontally in order to produce a negative image. I then print it out on normal copy paper. I trace the name with a very sharp black charcoal pencil.

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I then lay the outlined charcoal name face down on my painted wooden plaque and burnish the image with a blending stump (found in the drawing art supply section of any craft store).

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Blending Stump

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I carefully paint the outlined name with black acrylic paint.

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After two or three coats to make sure the letters are solid (letting each coat dry approximately 1 hour), I use a special artist eraser and carefully erase any pencil marks or lines. I then spray approximately three coats of clear gloss acrylic spray. Then, I staple the ribbon on and form it into a bow, using a bit of hot glue to make sure the ribbon appears and stays straight.

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And there you have it! Global Baby’s personalized wooden baby name plaques. I produce them in Greek, English, French, Hebrew, Gaelic and the language of my customer’s choice (hence the Russian above). See https://www.etsy.com/shop/globalBaby to order your very own custom plaque.