Do you like pinecones?
As you can probably tell from my #PinterestLife Christmas Crafts special, I LOVE pinecones and love the way they look as Christmas decorations. I work in the Botanical Gardens in Christchurch so a lot of the time I pass the pine trees on my way out to the bus stop, So I thought to myself, “why not collect some for Christmas Crafts?” Now collecting the pinecones is easy, as long as you remember to bring an extra bag. The next part is just figuring out what to do with them. So I decided to make candle decorations with them, as presents for my friends. I suggest sitting down and watching a well-loved film as you do this to fill in the parts where you are just holding pieces together as they dry.
How can I make one? Just keep reading.
Step One: Gather your supplies
You will need:
- A hot glue gun
- Glue sticks
- Pinecones (use different sizes for extra effect)
- A candle
- A small glass dish that your candle fits in
- Material of choice to decorate (enough to wrap around candle once with a bit of overlap)
- Spray paint in choice of colour and gloves
- 1 meter of contrasting ribbon (enough to wrap around dish and to make a bow)
- Material shears
- A small bowl with cold water for burnt fingers!
- Optional: A ruler and pen if you want super accurate measurements.
Step 2: Spray paint the pinecones
Make sure you wear gloves for this step and put down a good amount of paper. Always take caution when using spray paint and do it outdoors. Turn over the pinecones to make sure you have an even coverage of paint. Leave to dry for 20 minutes, or longer, before using glue on them. Pinecones that have a bit of a tail on them are especially useful in the stage of sticking the pinecones to the dish as they give the other pinecones something extra to stick to.
Step 3: Measure material
Now some days I am in the mood to have everything measured out exactly and will use a pen and ruler. Unfortunately today was not one of those days and I totally winged all my measurements. As long as you piece of material wraps around your candle once with a bit of overlap, you will be fine. I only like to have two-thirds of the candle covered so the material doesn’t get in the way of the melting wax from the get go. Use your material shears to cutout the rectangle.
Step 4: Glue down edges
This is where the hot glue gun comes out! Make sure you put down newspaper for this step as it isn’t nice getting hot glue on carpet or wood (or anything you don’t want it on.) Cut a centimeter triangle off each corner so that all the edges will lie nice and flat later on. Run your hot glue gun down one edge at a time, folding it over and pushing it down so there are no lumps. Do this for every edge.
Step 5: Glue material to candle
This step can be a bit tricky as sometimes the glue and the candle wax don’t get on well. Start of by running a line of glue down one of the short edges and glue it so it’s in the middle of the camera. Run your finger along the edge to even out the glue then hold this down for a minute or so. As you bring the rest of the material around the candle to meet the other edge keep the tension tight and even. Keeping the tension, run another line of glue on the already glued edge and then press the loose edge on top of it. Don’t worry if there is a bit of a flap as you can just glue that down. Repeat the flattening and holding steps again. You can choose whether you want all the edges glued down or not, but I only glued the short ends.
Step 6: Glue the pinecones to dish
If you want some ribbon around the outside of the dish, now would be the time to glue it on. I forgot about this so I did it later, but it was a bit harder to apply (but still doable.)
Now is the time for patience. Put some glue on the base of the pinecone and the hold it on the dish as it dries. Repeat as many times as you want adding extra glue to some of the sides when sticking pinecones to each other.
Step 7: Glue candle to dish
Make sure you have plenty of heated up glue for this part. If you glue stick is not properly warmed it will cool and dry fast before you can glue to the dish. Swirl the glue around the base of the candle and then promptly press down hard into the middle of the dish and hold for a couple of minutes until dry and stable. Thankfully if this happens to you it is really easy to pull off the lump of glue and starting over without ruining the candle.
Step 8: Make bow decoration
Using a thin ribbon and a fork you can easily create a small, yet beautiful bow that will niftily cover the seam in your material.Leaving around 3 centimeters of ribbon out one edge, weave the ribbon in and out of the prongs until you have 5 rows. Make sure you have the same 3 centimeters of ribbon on the other side. Next using length of ribbon as long as the handle of the fork, come from the bottom of the middle prongs up round the back and over the top and tie to create a knot. Pull the knot tight and then gently slide the ribbon off the bow. If you need a more active visual you can check out the video on youtube here.
Step 8: Glue on decorations
Add on extra bows, red berries or other decorations that go with you colour scheme and you have yourself a small candle decoration ready for Christmas gifting! This will only set you back around $15 per candle decoration if you are making more than 4 like I did. They are a really nice gift for friends and family and are just something a bit different and memorable to give at Christmas!
What do you think? Are you keen to make one? Let me know how you go if you do make these!