I just love my simple pine cone garland that I “knocked off” from vechernie-posidelki.
I love this simple “felt hearts and pine cone” from Vechernie-posidelki.blogspot.com. The combination of natural elements and handmade ones elicits a simple and effortless elegance. So, I wanted to create something similar for my home that would capture this same essence (a natural and effortless elegance). But my garland has a little bit of a different twist.
First, I made my own star ornaments using the following ingredients:
- 4 cups of flour
- 1 cup of salt
- 1.5 cups of warm water
Add the water slowly as you mix the ingredients. You should end up with a bread dough-like ball.
I rolled the dough out flat. Using a cookie cutter star, I then made as many stars as I could.
Then, using a nail, the end of a pen or a skewer, make holes at the top of each star.
Bake for 1 hour at 300 degrees. Then, using a basic acrylic art paint, I painted each star red. Make sure to paint both sides.
Then, using white acrylic paint, I made a stitch-like border.
I then sprayed each star (both sides) with a clear gloss acrylic finish. Then I tied a piece of twine to each star.
My kids and I collected a bunch of pine cones in our neighborhood. We are fortunate enough to have tons of pine trees. I tied twine to each pine cone making a loop at the top of each.
Then, I laid out all the stars and pine cones and ran one piece of twine through each.
Using a glue gun, I put a small dab of glue at the point where twine met twin to insure that everything would hang evenly.
And there you have it. My pine cone garland. I just love it! You can use the dough recipe to create all kinds of unique Christmas tree ornaments as well.