Wednesday 5 December 2012

Homemade Christmas Wreath

It's been raining the whole of last week. Outdoors are out, so we did some indoor craft. When we shifted into our place in September, the first thing I did at the backyard was to collect pine cones! They look really pretty and a rare find in SG. September is near Christmas, and I knew my plans for these pine cones.

I got the kids to paint the cones in Red and Green, the Christmas colours. Jazz did red and Jare did green. I did the touch ups and finishing. Here's what we simply had:
  • 6 pine cones (opened)
  • Tempera paint
  • Floral wire
  • wreath or Styrofoam wreath
  • Ribbon or any other ornaments
Tempera paint are very good paint for most surfaces. Only bad is that it is not water proof, and so it's not weather proof. I got the wreath from Michaels. It was my intention to get the plain Styrofoam wreath, but it was more expensive than the wreath that has 'leaves.'

An extremely simple craft that I don't even have precise steps. Just decorate it whichever ways you like:
1. Paint pine cones
2. Tie the pines cones (between it's scales) to the wreath with floral wire
3. Top if off with other ornaments

Pines cones collection

Closed scales

Pines cones collected at different seasons look differently. Those collected at fall have got their scales opened, which makes it easier to tie to the wreath. Pines cones collected now have got their scales closed, making good ornaments too. Perhaps with strong glue. 
Jazz paiting

And now, mummy does the job of securing the cones to the wreath, ending it off with a shiny silver ribbon. Our homemade wreath, all done! Probably one of its kind in the world. A stroll at malls and shops has wreaths with silver, golden and white pine cones. But red and green, hmmm... just us!
The wreath and the cones

Homemade wreath

I love this DIY and low cost wreath.

1 comment :

  1. Nice job by the kids and you too! Yes I think this pretty wreath is one of a kind! Never did realise the differences in pine cones. Thanks for the inspiration and for linking up! =)


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