Simply Sparkling Ornaments

If you just can’t carve out an hour for DIY-ing but still want to get crafty, Effortless Girl has the solution. Dress up pine cones in under 20 minutes and put them all over your home because you can never have enough sparkle this time of year. One other piece of good news: you won’t break the bank. 

Simply Sparkling Ornaments

What You Need

1-2 cans of spray paint in silver and/or gold
1 can of glitter blast or glitter beads
Pine cones (you can get them from your yard)
Newspaper
Ornament hanger (paper clips or floral wires work too)

What to Do

Spread newspaper on the ground and place pine cones closely together on newspaper. This saves paint as the over spray from each cone goes onto the neighboring cones. Use the paint in a well ventilated area (like outside) to avoid unwanted odors.

Spray in bursts with the nozzle and cover the pine cone completely.

If you are using beads or glitter, sprinkle it on just after you spray the cones. The beads/glitter will stick in the wet paint and set on the pine cone as the paint dries. Beads worked very well using this method.

Allow the cones to dry on the newspaper for at least a couple of hours. If you can, allow the paint to dry overnight. Once the paint dries, the pine cones are ready to use. If you are using them as ornaments, attach a paper clip or ornament hanger, or wrap a piece of floral wire around the end as a hanger. Use whatever you have on hand. The floral wire is great because it winds nicely through the pine cones for a secure fit.

image: effortless girl

image: effortless girl

Hang the ornament on the tree for a naturally glamorous addition to your spruce. The beads and metallic paint catch the light just so and make for a stunning decoration. You can also use them to fill a decorative vase or basket or put them around a candle for a gorgeous centerpiece.

 

 

beth ann clyde

beth ann clyde

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