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You can make these natural craft gifts from pine cones you gather in your yard or neighborhood or from a bag of cones purchased at a craft store. Note, if you are making bird feeding cones, it's best to only use natural cones from the forest, not those from the craft supply shop.

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Holiday Hearth Fire Starters

  • 12 Medium to Large Very Dry Pine Cones
  • Wax (You can use newly purchased candle wax, odd candles and candle stubs, or commercial paraffin for jelly making)
  • Colored candles or old crayon bits (optional)
  • Essential oils (optional)
  • 1 Large Metal Coffee Can
  • 1 Large Pot
  • Wax Paper
  • Butchers String

You need enough melted wax to completely cover your largest pine cone. To figure out how much wax you actually need, wind a 12 inch length of butcher's string around the layers of the pine cone to create a hanger/handle for dipping. Suspend the largest cone into the can and make a mark on the can just above the top of the cone.

  1. Place the can in a pot of water on the stove and turn on low to medium low heat. Add small pieces of wax to the can and continue until the melted wax reaches the cone height mark.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in coloring agents or essential oils.

    Holding pine cone by the string handle, dip slowly into the wax until the cone is just covered.
  3. Gently remove and let the wax drip back into the can.
  4. Place the cone on wax paper and allow to harden completely. Repeat with remaining cones.

Build fire using kindling above and below 1 firestarter. Light the string handle (now a wick) or a wax cone edge.

Pine Cone Twinkle Lights in a Basket

  • Pine Cones
  • String of 35 to 50 MiniLights
  • Holiday Garland
  • Wicker Basket
  • Ribbon trim

Place 3 to 5 pine cones in the bottom of basket, then twine a few pieces of garland between the pine cones.

Loosely arrange the lights among the pine cones and garland. Continue to build uplayers of pine cones, garland and lights until your basket is attractively filled.

Conceal cord and light set plug.

Decorate basket handle or rim with ribbons, lace, and a sprig of silk greenery, poinsettia blossom, or holly.

For extra fragrance, add potpourri or essential oil to the pine cones before assembling

Pine Cone Birdseed Ornaments

Gather dried, fallen pinecones in your yard or park and make bird seed ornaments for the outdoors. You'll have a lovely natural decoration for winter and the birds and squirrels in your neighborhood will be delighted.

Recipe !

2.5 cups Wild Bird Food
2 packets unflavored gelatin powder
2 Tablespoons corn syrup
1 cup water

Mix birdseed with unflavored gelatin, corn syrup, and water, then press the misture into cookie cutters. Poke a hole for a string hanger using a skewer or plastic straw. Allow the ornaments to set up and firm, then add a string hanger to fasten them to tree or shrub branches.

Recipe 2

An alternate recipe for bird ornament mix uses organic or all natural peanut butter and suet mixed with the bird seed that's then slather the mixture onto the tiny branches of natural pine cones. Roll the filled cones in more mix, then add a loop of craft wire or hemp string to use for hanging.


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