DIY: Fun Faux Pinecones

However much you adore them, holiday decorations can be kind of a nuisance. It is hard to think of something which’s easy, cheap, and reusable.

Susan Peterson from Freshly Picked has come up with one fun solution. Her leather pinecones are easy for anyone to create, cheap, and therefore are bound to last from October to January for a long time to come.

This adorable decoration does not require many substances. You’ll need pipe cleaner, a nut, a spray bottle of water, and bits of tooling leather. Peterson used several oak-tanned leather bits in this example. Try out a local leather or craft shop for scraps, or look on eBay.

To cut out the shapes required for this undertaking, you are going to need a template from Freshly Picked. You will also need spacers — quite tiny pieces of leather, plastic, or cardboard you’ll put in between each piece of leather when you put the pine cone together. You will want each spacer to be about 1/8 inch thick, with a hole punched out of the center.

First, wet the whole object of leather you are using with a spray bottle. Employing something with a sharp point (Peterson indicates a chopstick or something comparable ), put your routine on top of the leather and trace over it.

Eliminate the paper, and the routine will be carved into the pliable wet leather — easy! After you are done tracing, cut out your pieces. You should have at least three pieces of each size the template supplies.

Punch a hole at the middle of each slice, and spray each slice thoroughly with water.

While the bits are still wet, mold them by pinching the sides of each”petal” together, and pushing the ends up a little bit. Set them on a flat surface to dry.

Once they’re dry, then tie off one end of your pipe cleaner and begin threading your cut out bits onto it, starting with the largest slice.

Place a spacer between each piece that will help the final product look structured more like a pinecone. Cut off the extra bit of pipe cleaner when you are completed, and tie a tiny knot in the long run.

Do you last light spray of water to do some final shaping, and you have holiday decoration which takes barely any time to create, but could very well be passed down to generations. The leather gives it a classic appearance that fits into just about any d├ęcor scheme.

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