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Pine Cone Bow Ornament…..and other Dream Tree Challenge details (for those who asked!)

First of all, you guys were so kind about that Dream Tree Challenge (#JustAddMichaels) tree that I shared on Tuesday.  It really was so fun to make and that was satisfaction enough…….but those rockin’ sweet comments put me over the edge!  Don’t worry…..I’m back to normal again. Ha. ;)


Anyway, several of you asked for more details on the parts of my little tree……



…….so that’s what you’re going to get! :)





Plus, a mini tutorial on the Pinecone Ornaments that I put together in like 30 seconds flat! Okay, maybe 3 minutes each…  (In fact, they were so quick that they’d be the perfect friend-craft-night project.  Nice and simple means a little bit o’ crafting………and a lotta bit o’ chatting and laughing.  Anyone wanna come over?? :) )





So, first, here’s a breakdown of everything that was added to the tree:



 And the name (and where to find) each of the items yourself…



Like mentioned in the Dream Tree post, all items were purchased Michael’s.


The star was actually an over sized ornament.  I just cut the top loop off with wire cutters and then used gold wire and wrapped it tightly around the bottom of the ornament, right to the top of the tree.  Done.





The little golden sprigs coming out of the tree is actually faux Onion Grass, smothered in glitter.  I just cut it apart into sections and shoved them into the tree branches.  They’re light enough and will probably stay right in place.  (However, if you’re worried, you could always attach with a little wire.)





I bought completely clear glass ornaments in 3 different sizes.  I placed the smallest at the top and then gradually got bigger as I placed towards the bottom of the tree.  You could fill your ornaments with something or leave them empty like I did.





The burlap with the snowflakes actually came already cut and stamped.  When I went back to take pictures last night, they were out of the snowflake….but this is what it looked like.





The twiggy garland with golden berries was all sold out but here’s the same thing with silver berries.





And those sweet little reindeer…….came just as they are! :)





The white berry sprigs came in a larger cluster.  I just cut them apart and added little pieces to the tree.  (Again, I just shoved mine in…..but you could definitely wire them in place, if you’re worried about shifting.)




And number 8……..all the tree skirt is, is white satin fabric, draped around the base of the tree.  I just placed it there because when I was taking pictures, it needed something to cover the base but I didn’t have a skirt that would necessarily match this new tree.  So, I just draped around some satin fabric I had on hand.  I figured I would have to make something to go under there, assuming my kiddos would pull on it and mess it up.  However, they haven’t even touched it.  So, I may go the lazy route and just leave it. :)



Oh, and as for the items that some of you have asked about……..the NOEL sign is from Target last year.  The mini trees are from, hmmmmm, maybe Joann’s?  Target?  I can’t remember.  I bought them either last year or the year before, the day after Christmas.  (Anyone have the same ones??)  And the Stockings are from my old Burlap Stocking Tutorial a few years ago.  Oh, and the stocking hangers are from Amazon.  Is that everything?




Oh yeah, the pinecones…I love the simple beauty of these little guys.





Here’s how I made mine:


 I purchased some jute…



…and cut a piece long enough to attach to my pine cone, yet still fit around a tree branch.  I glued the two ends to the top of the pine cone.

( **The pine cones I purchased are slightly cinnamon scented.  Yum.  If you gather from outside, just keep in mind they probably have little critters hiding inside.**)



Just be sure that it hangs nicely once it’s attached.



Then tie a bow out of some ribbon (mine is beige satin ribbon, 1.5 inches wide).



Then, I found that attaching the bow to the jute actually allows the bow to hang a little nicer.  I started by attaching the bow to the top of the pine cone but that was making the ribbon ends looks wonky and not hang nicely.  So, skip my mistake and add it to the jute with some hot glue, just above the top of the pine cone.



Then, cut the ends of the ribbon at a diagonal, whatever length you like. My ribbon lengths varied, depending on the pine cone size, but the ribbon ends were generally as long as the pine cone. 



Then heat seal the ends of your ribbon with a lighter.  (Once you cut ribbon, it will fray and gradually look terrible. To keep this from happening, hold the edge of the ribbon next to a flame and this will slightly melt the edges, keeping them from fraying.)



Now, make several more……hang…….and enjoy! :)



Any more questions?  Did I seriously forget something?  Let me know….





Ashley Johnston

Administrator at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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