I did it! I’ve finally ventured into the world of crafts. Now don’t laugh, I’m not creative when it comes to this kind of stuff at all. So much so that I’ve only attempted making crafts twice in my life, and failed so miserable that I gave it up for good… or so I thought. As I was browsing Pinterest a few months ago I came across a picture of a cute pine cone ornament. I loved the rustic look of it and thought, “I can do that”. “No you cant” my inner voice said, “you have two left hands, remember”?

Pine Cones and Paint

I gave up the idea until recently when I was straitening up some boxes of seasonal decorations, and came across some pine cones I had gathered this past Autumn for a Fall basket. The craft I had seen came to mind, but for the life of me I couldn’t find that original picture. What I did find was a basic tutorial on several other sites on how they’re made. All you need are a few pine cones, white paint, and something to hang them with once they’re dry. I used string from a child’s jewelry craft set, but yarn or twine would be good choices too.

Painted Pine Cone

The process is super simple. Using a paint brush, {Walmart – 99 cents} paint the tips of the pine cone with white paint, {Walmart – 59 cents} then allow to dry. I worked over a few sheets of newspaper to catch any paint drips. Once dry, tie a length of string at the top of the pine cone, add a bow with a dab of glue, or by tying it on if you’d like, my daughter came up with the idea of adding bows, and hang on your tree. That’s it! See, I told you it was easy. So if you’ve wanted to try your hand at crafting, but have two left hands like I do, then this is the perfect craft to get you started. Trust me, if I can do it, anyone can!

Pine Cone Ornament

I’m proud of how they turned out, and think they look beautiful. My success with them also gave me the encouragement to continue trying my hand at crafts. Wish me luck, and I’ll update my successes hopefully with you as they happen.

Are you a crafter? Does it come naturally to you, or did you have to build your skill level up?


April is a dedicated wife and mother of five, as well as Mamaw to two adorable grandbabies. She resides in Southern Indiana, along with her husband Joe and their daughter Melissa, and enjoys the quite life on their 3 acre homestead. She enjoys blogging about her adventures in frugal and healthy, grain-free cooking, gardening, household tips, and her family. April is also the owner and writer of The Secret Recipe Club, the fun Secret Santa of the food blog world.

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