Christmas is only nine short days away, so I’m cutting it close with my ornament making this year! Who am I kidding; I cut it close every year! I’ve just finished up my glittery pinecone ornaments for church, so you lucky dogs get to see them first!
You may remember me telling you about my yearly tradition of making ornaments for my church family. This is only my third year to do it, because my former pastor’s wife always made them before then (read about that here). Her’s were always so wonderful, and each one is a reminder of our sweet little church in some way. Here’s one I didn’t show you before: this is one that she made from the old tin roof of the church! The church had the roof replaced during their tenure there, and she had pieces of the tin cut into the cross shape. These are probably my favorite out of all the ones she made.
Back to my last-minute creations. You may have figured out by now that I have an affection for nature, and I love using it in my crafts. There is so much beauty to be found in my own back yard, and I love taking advantage of God’s handiwork! Pinecones are some of my favorite things in the world, even though they’re prickly and get on Coach’s last nerve when he’s trying to cut grass. I figure the more I pick up and use, the less he’ll have to contend with on his mower! I decided a while ago to use pinecones in my ornaments this year, but, of course, I didn’t start collecting them until grass-cutting season had ended.
You just screw the little eye into the end of the pinecone! It was super-easy to do, but I did wear a glove with my pinecone-holding hand, which helped keep me from getting poked. The pinecone is the ornament! All I needed was a cute way to put the year on them (I used wire to attach the year, which I poked myself with more than I would have the pinecones).
Oh…another tip I wanted to mention: you can dry pinecones in the oven if you have to use them in a rush. I let my first round just hang out on the back porch for several days, and they dried out and opened up nicely. After I got all those done, I was asked to make 15 more for some goodie baskets that our church ladies are planning to distribute to shut-ins. I needed to get these done quickly, so I poked my pinecones into a 200-degree oven on a foil-lined baking sheet for about 30 minutes. You’ll find a million varying directions for baking them, but I like to go with the simplest.
I’ll give these to my church family on Sunday, which will give them a week to enjoy them! I do so wish I could plan ahead better…but then, I just wouldn’t be me. I’d like to thank Jimmie for tying a whole slew of bows for me, and Coach for spraying all of the pinecone ornaments with glitter. His work coat that he wore for protection is now covered in glitter, which will make him the laughing stock of all the chickens, but he’s pretty confident in his manliness.
I hope you crafty folks will play around with some pinecones sometime, too. If you’re not crafty, then you can collect them anyway! If you don’t like the way they look, you can use them for fire starters…place 3 or 4 in a small paper sack and light it under your logs! Pinecones are just handy little dudes, aren’t they?
Enjoy your holiday season, folks. It’ll be over before we know it!