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 Http://earthelixir.ca/2011/11/28/diy-aromatherapy-pinecone-wreaths/
for added instructions. I’ve never made any before so I had to start thinking of ideas.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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Happy pinecone crafting!