Thursday, December 16, 2010

some paint & some pinecones

The way it goes with Christmas decorations, is you pull them out for 3, maybe 4 or 5 weeks if your on the ball right after thanksgiving...and then back in the box they go for the 50 other weeks of the year! Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the warm fuzzy's of the seasonal decor as much as the next guy, but I have a hard time spending much $ on embellishments that don't serve much of a term. And maybe in exposing a bit of discontent in my nature...I get tired of the same ornaments & colors every year! So it's become a fun challenge to re-furbish them into a new object of lovely! Throw some fresh greenery in and around...and deck the halls!
Here's my two favorite projects this year that I wanted to pass on in hopes of inspiring you...

Before: they we're some cheap black candle holders i picked up at target several years ago...when I was going through my "paint everything black" phase. To add some texture to them, I picked up a crackled paint treatment to give them a little vintage make-over!

After: about 10 minutes of actually painting involved, and a couple hours of drying time! The good thing is when you go "vintage" it doesn't have to look perfect! ;)

Next up was a couple Styrofoam cones I've used for various occasions over the last 5 years. They we're white when i purchased them, so I sprayed them brown to create a more disguised under color for my project. I picked up some pine cones from the craft store...(but you could get them from your yard.) Mine we're cinnamon scented, which adds a great aroma to my house! With probably more time than I had, and a hot glue gun...I layered in decorators moss and the pine cones, working in vertical sections, going from bottom to top around the cone!

Voila'! I give you a pine cone tree! The bag of pine cones came with these little glitter balls...I used the gold ones, but not the red to "trim my tree" after it was finished!

Here's my complete centerpiece...atop my burlap table runner! p.s burlap is my new favorite fetish...but that's another blog for another time...maybe sometime soon...maybe not!
Have fun!


  1. Super de-duper cute, my creative friend! Looks like a very fun project :) Hope you are having a wonderful week. Thanks for the invite to Carmel - what a BUMMER we can't go :( Maybe Jan. or Feb. Talk to you soon <3

  2. Such great ideas! I am impressed that a mommy of two has time for this:) Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Looks great! There's something oddly satisfying about completing a crafty project that actually turns out looking good! I always end up doubting whether it's going to turn out until the last minute... :)

    ps. Soooo many fun things to do with burlap!


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