As much as I like some glitter and metallic sparkle, I have come to appreciate the more natural Christmas decorations of Scandinavian style in recent years. These pine cone and feather decorations can be used as individual ornaments, strung together as a garland or even as part of a door wreath. And it was only after I started making them that I realised I had inadvertently created a Christmas version of the snitch from Harry Potter. Clearly my subconscious Potterhead is escaping!
You Will Need:
-Pine Cones. I bought my mine complete with wires, but you can go foraging for wild ones too!
-Feathers. Size to match the pine cones, colour is up to you!
-Wire. I used thin galvanised garden wire, approx 30cm / 12 inches per decoration.
-White acylic paint
-Paint pallettes or suitable containers
-Household cutters or scissors
1.Squeeze out some white paint onto your palette and roll the pine cones around to coat the tips. With the paint still wet, roll the pine cones around in the glitter. Leave to dry.
2.Cut a 30cm / 12 inch length of wire, place the pine cone in the middle and wrap the wire around going underneath the scales to hide as much of the wire as possible. Twist the ends together tightly and leave the ends. Cut the feather down and holding it against the cone at an angle, use the ends of wire to wrap around the base to secure. Repeat with the other feather, going in the opposite direction.
3.If your cones do not have a hanging loop already, create one using the remaining ends of wire twisted together. If like mine they came with a loop, just cut off any excess wire to finish.