IMG_7034Here’s another Smarter Alec yearly how-to re-post: Glittery Pinecones.  I pulled down the ones I made last year (which I wrapped individually in a little tissue paper, ps) and they look just wonderful, proving my point that, with care, these really do last forever. Enjoy!

When it comes to decorating for the holidays, I am of the mind that less is more. I like the subtle additions of a few key elements that blend into the home. But don’t get me wrong, I love a little drama in my decor. Case in point: The glittery pinecone.

 

IMG_1432I love pinecones. They are beautiful and rustic on their own  (perfect for a Thanksgiving centerpiece), and then can get gussied up for the winter holidays straight through to New Years. You can collect them from outside or, if you live in NYC, you can buy a bag for $7 in the flower district on 6th Avenue. These are simple, but messy for sure, so prepare your space and be prepared to get glitter everywhere.

What you’ll need:
1. Pinecones
2. glitter (silver, gold and red is what I have on hand)
3. Spray mount adhesive
4. A spray coating in high gloss
5. Elmer’s Glue
6. a few bowls (glass, or a plastic container)
7. Newspaper to lay down everywhere

IMG_1438In a well ventilated place (I stand by an open window) spray a pinecone with a light coating of the spray mount. Then sit it in a bowl and pour the glitter all over it. Make sure to get in the cracks and crevices. Then tap the glitter-covered pinecone on the dish to get rid of any excess glitter- you can then reuse the glitter that didn’t stick on the next pinecone.

Sit the covered pinecone on newspaper to dry. Repeat with the rest of the pinecones. Let sit for an hour, then (back at the open window) give each cone a spray of the coating. This adhesive spray will ensure that they are MUCH easier to handle with MUCH LESS glitter coming off when you touch them. That said, the less handling the better!

IMG_1470That’s it! If you are making this a craft with the kiddies, you can substitute the spray mount with some watered down Elmer’s Glue (half Elmer’s/half water) and brush it on with a clean sponge paint brush. Elmer’s is water soluble, so it will be less messy (and non-toxic) but to be honest, it WONT get the glitter on as well as the spray.

When the holidays are over, wrap them in tissue and put them in a box to store away til next year. Sure, you could buy these, but A) store-bought versions never seem to have the heavy glitter treatment these will have, and 2) if they do, they are going to cost you a lot more to buy than to make.  Besides, at the end of the day, putting a little time, effort and devotion into the holiday season is what it’s all about. And also, Crafts!  Xo.

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