I will admit it - I am never cool enough to ride the wave of a current trend. I usually jump on the wagon about a year of two later. I think last year was the first time the pinecone ornaments got popular. I thought they were interesting but didn't have any interest in giving them a try. For some reason, this year I just HAD to give them a try.
These are obviously not my original idea. If you go to the Splitcoast gallery and search pinecone, you will find links to the original directions. I printed off the instructions but didn't save the link and I'm not sure I know where the directions are at the moment. The one thing I do know is that they are in a "safe" place.
You start with a 3" styrofoam ball, patterned paper and dressmaker pins (I used size 17). The paper is cut and then folded. The pins are used to attach the paper in a rotating sort of fashion.
The overall project is time consuming but the results are really neat. I kept seeing people suggesting using a thimble and YES, they are on the moeny with that one. Your fingers will be sore by the end as you have to push through paper layers. Since I'm not a sewer, a thimble is on my to buy list.
I looked high and low in my stack of patterned paper for a nice deep navy design. I apparently don't buy navy paper because there was none to be found. But I did have this nice rich eggplant colored paper so I used that for the next one. I didn't tie the bow so well on this one so ignore that.
And this is the last one I've made so far. I like pink as a holiday color so I wanted to make a pink pinecone. My top layers are a hair off but I don't think it's too obvious. And for some reason, I kept taking pictures of the side of the bow so that is not looking too lovely here. On this one though, I did actually make a pretty decent bow.
If you are not a real visual person, you can still make these. I am the world's worst visual learner (which is why I will never reveal my organic chemistry grade) and I still was able to figure out what to do.
Well, the kids are sleeping over my mom's so the house is quiet. The pumpkin pie and pumpkin soup are made and cooling. The cleaning has been started and we are in good shape for tomorrow.
Safe travels if you are going anywhere tomorrow and Happy Thanksgiving!