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December 9, 2011

DIY Aromatherapy Pinecone Ornaments

Pinecone Ornaments

My mom asked me to make her some pinecone ornaments for her tree this year. I’m using the ones leftover from making pinecone wreaths. See my blog DIY  Aromatherapy Pinecone Wreaths

for added instructions. I’ve never made any before so I had to start thinking of ideas.

Pinecone Wooden Beaded Ornament

I decided to use beaded necklaces and bracelets that were broken or I didn’t wear anymore.  I took a wooden beaded necklace that I never wore and broke it to use the wooden beads. If the beads have large holes you can use any kind of string but the smaller the hole is I would recommend using beading wire or fishing line instead.

Pinecone Wooden Beaded Ornament

I made four hanging loops with the large wooden beads to suspend the pinecones from the tree. I used a broken small brown beaded necklace to make hanging loops for the other two pinecones to make half a dozen. It was a fast project!

Pinecone Wooden Beaded Ornament

I drilled a small hole in the middle of the bottom of the pinecone to fit the end bead halfway, and then glued the bead to the hole with a hot glue gun but you can use any fast drying glue. You can add ribbon and/or greenery… the options are limitless.

You can add your own favourite essential oils, a couple of drops to each pinecone to make them into Aromatherapy Pinecone Ornaments. I am using tree oils like Balsam fir, Black or white spruce to blend with the tree or Cinnamon and Orange because I love cinnamon cones!

Pinecone beaded ornament

I also used these wonderful ‘candy’ glass beads my friend gave me. I used black beads that were already strung and ran the beaded wire through them and put the colourful candy beads on. I put snowflake obsidian chips on either side to hold it so the big candy bead wouldn’t float through the small beads.

Pinecone ornaments with clear glass beads

I wanted a snowy effect for some pinecones without using glitter, because I have pets and inhaling glitter probably isn’t that healthy. I decided to try clear glass beads instead. I tried wrapping a string of clear glass beads that I had bought already on a string, around the pinecones spiralling centre. I put kid’s white glue on the end of the pinecone tips and dipped and rolled it in clear glass beads on a paper plate. Let them dry on the paper plate for at least 24 hours before touching them.

I am going to hang these from the tip at the top of the pinecone with string or ribbon, which is the easiest way to hang them.

I am going to dip these pinecones quickly in natural melted beeswax that I get from local beekeepers and buy at the maple syrup festival. The beeswax will make sure that the clear white beads stay on the pinecone and it will give the pinecones a shine and protection. I will dip all of the pinecones when I make beeswax candles soon. (I smell another blog!)

You can leave the pinecones au natural and put a couple drops of essential oils on each one or dip the pinecones in melted beeswax with added essential oils.

Either way if you add essential oils make sure you do not put them around open flames or candles because dry pinecones with an added accelerant can start a fire.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy pinecone crafting!

November 29, 2011

DIY Boxwood Aromatherapy Wreath

Boxwood is a popular green garden hedge and topiary plant.

Boxwood from my garden cut into a globe shape

Using Boxwood for wreath making is a popular choice because they keep their colour and shape relatively well when dried. They may dry a slighty darker green colour and shrink a little so you need  a bunch of sprigs to make a full wreath, or you may want to use it as edging, like I did in some of the wreaths that I have made.

Chili cone wreath with Boxwood

I decided to clip some of my Boxwood plants from my garden to make a wreath for my front door. I clipped them into globes because they are small. You can buy your own boxwood to make your own topiary plant to put in a plant container pot or plant it directly in the garden, and then you can use the clippings for wreath making and botanical arrangements. My Boxwood plants are pretty bald now so I have to let them grow back for a while before I make any more wreaths.

Boxwood close-up

For making the boxwood wreath I used a straw form as a base, that I bought for a dollar.

strawbase wreath form

I wrapped red satin ribbon around it so that some of the straw form alternated with the ribbon. I used a hot glue gun on the boxwood stem ends and wedged them into the cracks of the straw form and underneath parts of the ribbon. A toothpick or skewer can help you place things so that you can avoid getting burned with hot glue.

Be careful when using a hot glue gun! Have a bowl of cold water ready to dip your hand in if you come into contact  with the hot glue. Use lavender essential oil directly on any burns that occur along with aloe vera gel for effective treatment.

Boxwood wreath almost finished

I secured some of the boxwood sprigs with floral pins. I put the wreath on a round ‘Lazy Susan’ flat on the table so that I could easily spin it around while I worked on it. Hang the wreath on the wall to finish it, it gives you a better angle on where to fill in the holes. I tied a big red satin ribbon around the bottom of the straw form half way through making it, so that it wrapped around some boxwood sprigs which helps to hold them into place and then some still filled out around it. I tied the double bow when I finished making the wreath. The double bow is easy if you do rabbit ears for the second loops. At first I added red jingle bells with twisted paper clips, but I found that the floral pins worked better and I fastened them through the straw. It took me about an hour to make.

Boxwood Wreath

I hung it on the front door and the last step was to add essential oil to make it into an Aromatherapy wreath. I added Balsam fir essential oil to the straw sides to give it a fresh evergreen forest smell that greets visitors when they enter. Balsam fir is a popular choice for Christmas trees and for me the smell is synonymous with the holidays, but I don’t cut down trees so this works out even better because it is really all about the aroma! You can add your own choice of essential oils like citrus oils such as orange or other tree oils like Spruce. Use your favourites.

Battery Tealight in Boxwood Wreath

 I taped a battery-powered  tea light candle to peak out in between the ribbon near the bottom just like an old-fashioned traditional wreath but without the fire hazard of burning a candle.

Boxwood wreath with jingle bells

Here is the finished version. It still smells wonderful and it has dried well. I added another bow and some large jingle bells to accompany the red jingle bells in the wreath.

Cheers! Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Holiday!

November 28, 2011

DIY Aromatherapy Pinecone Wreaths

Pinecones spiral to the Fibonacci sequence in both
directions and some species contain an edible pine nut. My mother
asked me to make her something new out of pinecones because she
loves the pinecone tree that I made her when I was a kid, it
lights up and she still gets it out every year for the holidays.
You can collect your own or buy them. If you collect your own
wash them well. If you soak them they will close up, and when
they are dry they will open. You can use wire forms you make
yourself or buy preformed. I used foam circles I recycled from
spice rack packaging. I wouldn’t buy foam forms but recycling them
works. I prefer working with natural straw and grapevines wreaths.
You can make a centrepiece or a wall hanging wreath

Foam recycled circles

Foam recycled circles

I wrapped the foam with green
craft ribbon. To hang it I used a white ribbon and tied
it around the form before I added anything and made the bow
later. I added silver jingle bells with floral pins after I put all
the cones on. I added essential oils of cinnamon and clove to make
an aromatherapy wreath and freshen the air. When the wreath is finished Add essential oils, so it doesn’t rub off on your
hands.

Lighted Pinecone Wreath

Lighted Pinecone Wreath

I used cinnamon and clove essential oils, I love
cinnamon cones!!!! One form had holes in it, so I strung
mini multi-coloured LED lights through it and then wrapped
some ribbon around it to hold the lights on. I glued pinecones of
all sizes and shapes. I used large and small spruce cones which are
more cylindrical than the more rounder pinecones from the pine
trees. I used 5 different types of cones. I wrapped a white
ribbon around the side with a double bow to hide the
cord and placed it on my side table. I added a white beaded wire
that I had lying around. I can put a thin white candle in the
centre in a glass small candle holder. If I put the candle in
I don’t add essential oils.

Chili cone wreath with Boxwood

Chili cone wreath with Boxwood

Due to the risk of
fire it is best not to use candles with essential oils because
essential oils are combustible, and dry pinecones with
added accelerants are used as a fire starter.

DIY aromatherapy Pinecone ornaments http://earthelixir.ca/2011/12/09/diy-aromatherapy-pinecone-ornaments/

For another
wreath I wrapped the outside with green craft ribbon. I glued
on some boxwood around the outside and then put floral pins
in to keep it in place. I decorated it with Thai red
chili peppers I grew and dried myself this year.  I finished
it with a simple red ribbon. I added some essential oil of
balsam fir to add that wonderful evergreen tree smell. I have some
leftover pinecones that I am going to make some ornaments out of
for the tree.

Thanks mom for
fuelling my creativity (and this blog).

I hope you enjoy making pinecone art
as much as I do.

Happy Holiday
Crafting!

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