Christmas is a mere eight weeks away (I know, GASP!) so that means now is the time to start your Christmas
crafts. Somehow, nothing says Christmas like pine cones
. Buying them, however, costs an ungodly amount for such simple and plentiful objects. What is the thrifty and crafty
DIY'er to do? Use that collection of pine cones that you have hidden in the basket
in your basement, of course. Or you could always go find a forest and do your collecting now.
Once you've hunted down your cones, either out of storage or from your brave venture into the wild, what should you do with them? The lovely and talented folks at Tipnut
have your answer. Before you tie your cones into a wreath, or use them in any other craft, you must first prepare them. Tipnut
has detailed instructions on how to prepare and preserve
them so they are ready to make your Holiday
centerpiece the work of art you are envisioning.
There are a few methods of making sure your pine cones are clean and bug
free, but the second one sounds much safer to me. There are also instructions
them white. If you do choose to use the oven
method, remember the very important step of watching for fire
. (Like I said, the water
method sounds safer)