Remember all those pine cones that I was baking the bugs out of a couple weeks ago? (If not, you can find that here.) Well, I finally settled on a project to use them in. After scouring the web, I was inspired to create a rustic Christmas centerpiece using the foraged items from around our house and other items I already had on hand. The jars were actually the candy jars from our wedding. Embarrassingly enough they’d been living in the trunk of my car safely nestled in their box for some time. I’m not quite sure what happened to the third lid…
These glass jars full or wintry goodness have been the perfect addition to our Christmas decor. The rustic Christmas centerpieces were easy to make. Since they don’t scream ‘deck the halls,’ they can stay on display through the winter after the holidays are over .
It wasn’t until I started cutting Holly berries off the bushes beside our house that my Christmas spirit started kicking in. I was outside snipping and singing a little Holiday tune. Thankfully, I realized that the screen planting along the edge of the property had died down and the neighborhood beside us could see and probably hear me before I completely embarrassed myself.
I wanted to keep the spirit going by listening to Christmas records while I added ‘snow’ to my pine cones, but we didn’t have any. So instead, I opted for a little KC and the Sunshine Band. That seems to be my new DIY jam. Crafting and dancing, that’s my idea of a good time…
What you need:
To give the pine cones a look of being out in the snow, I used a bottle of Elmer’s glue and Epson Salt. I poured a little glue onto a piece of thick scrap paper and used my finger to dab the glue where I wanted it on the pine cones. (Heads-up, this part is messy- Epson salt gets everywhere.)
To make it appear as if the pine cones were snow covered, I wiped glue on the inner edges and tips of the scales. After that, I pressed the cone into Epson Salt that I had poured onto a plate. For a heavy snowfall look I used more glue.
I let the cones dry for several hours before placing them into the jars. To give the festive jars a more complete and polished look I poured just enough Epson Salt to cover the bottom of each jar. This step took the snowy look to the next level. To add color and fill the spaces between the pine cones and I used the Holly Berries.
You can use any glass container to achieve this look. Ball Mason jars would even be cute… I am addicted to those jars, you know. You could take this project in all kinds of different directions using materials like ribbons or ornaments. Happy dancing, I mean, crafting y’all!