Friday, December 7, 2012

Pinecone Crafts: Mini Pinecone Tree Pots


Pinecone Craft: Mini Pinecone Tree Pots



December 2013 update: Welcome to those of you visiting via Pinterest, where this tutorial is quite popular! I hope you enjoy this craft - which only takes 15 minutes to make!  ~Laura


I have a lot of friends who are crafty, but who just don't have time to seriously craft on a regular basis unless we somehow figure out how to add more hours to each day. (And those extra hours would be devoted to crafting!) I'm here to remind you that crafting doesn't have to take a big chunk of time. In fact, you can create some awesome handmade decorations and gifts for the holidays in only 15 minutes.

Yes, you read that correctly! You can create awesome handmade decorations and gifts in only 15 minutes. And today I'm going to get you started on your road to quick crafting, by sharing with you how easy it is to make Mini Pinecone Tree Pots.

I'm lucky enough to have real pinecones fall into my backyard from the evergreens behind our property. I've wanted to make something with these pinecones, and found my inspiration when I saw this photo online at Better Homes & Gardens. Naturally, I had to pin it to my Ahhh Christmas! board on Pinterest:

Better Homes and Gardens Easy Decorating with Pinecones
Easy Decorating with Pinecones | © Better Homes & Gardens
This is super easy to make, once you have your supplies in place.

Pinecone Craft: Mini Pinecone Tree Pots

Supplies:

Small pinecones
Miniature (1.5 inches high) wooden craft flower pots (around $1 each at the craft store)
Acrylic craft paint in your choice of colors
Martha Stewart Course Glitter Paint in your choice of colors
Foam brush
Small brush

Directions:

1. Paint your pots. The colors I chose match the colors that are carried from our front entrance to our fireplace mantel with the ball ornaments in chartreuse, aqua and red. (See image below for a zoomed-in shot of our mantel.)

I was able to do two quick coats in about 5 minutes, as the paint soaks in and begins to dry fairly quickly with the first coat. I did this last night, and let them dry overnight.

Time elapsed?  5 minutes!

Pinecone Craft: Mini Pinecone Tree Pots

2. Paint course glitter paint with a small brush -- which may or may not be an eye makeup brush from a gift set I never used -- dabbing and spreading as you go. The colors I used are Garnet (red) and Florentine Gold. Let dry.

Time elapsed?  5 minutes!

Pinecone Craft: Mini Pinecone Tree Pots

3. Sit pinecones in (and on top of) each pot, placing each cone so that it is standing upright like a little tree.

4. Place them in a special place and enjoy your little forest of Mini Pinecone Tree Pots!

Time elapsed? 5 minutes, or however long it takes you to be satisfied with your arrangement!

Total time? 15 minutes! Done!

Pinecone Craft: Mini Pinecone Tree Pots

Pinecone Craft: Mini Pinecone Tree Pots

Pinecone Craft: Mini Pinecone Tree Pots

Pinecone Craft: Mini Pinecone Tree Pots

I hope this post inspires you to consider trying some quick crafts this holiday season. Not only is it fun, but it is a great way to relax in just a short amount of time: a nice break from the holiday hustle and bustle!


If you want to see even more awesome crafts that you can make in 15 minutes, check out the Craft Lightning 15 minute Crafts - Holiday Edition! All week, my fellow craft bloggers have been sharing their own quick crafts, and you can see them all by clicking on this button:


You can also visit the two crafty gals who got us bloggers motivated to come up with 15 minute crafts: Angie of The Country Chic Cottage, and Carolina of 30 Minute Crafts.

And today you can watch a live video chat with both Angie and Carolina at 4 pm PST / 6 pm CST / 7 pm EST! The topic? 10 Minute Christmas Crafts! You won't want to miss it! Just go to Angie's blog and you can watch it right there!

So what are your crafting plans for the weekend?

~Laura

I'm linking up at these fun parties, where you can find all sorts of holiday crafts and DIY decor ideas! (Just click on the buttons below!)

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30 comments:

  1. Adorable! Your fortunate to have a tree for an endless supply.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! When I lived in Boston, I would buy my pinecones at local stores like Pier 1 Imports. It's funny to me now, but if you don't have any, what are you supposed to do? :)

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    2. I think cones are available at all craft stores this time of the year. My local has $5 bags. Hope you can find some.

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  2. These are adorable, Laura! Love this idea.

    -Erin @ DIY On the Cheap

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  3. these are just the sweetest Laura!! What a perfect little craft!

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  4. So cute! I love the photo styling with the matching ornaments too :)

    Amy*

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  5. These are way cute, Laura. I totally am not the only one who paints with unwanted makeup brushes!

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    1. Thanks Johnnie, and I'm glad also that there are "others" besides me who take advantage of makeup brushes! ;)

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  6. Another here, so smitten with the cuteness of these! So simple, yet a whole new thing. Love it!!

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    1. Thanks Laura! Maybe that's what the appeal is? Simple yet kind of new? :)

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  7. I love these Laura! And your photos are beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much Carolyn! Photos aren't always the easiest to do, especially with something so miniature, so I really appreciate your compliment!

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  8. This is a great craft bc it looks hard but it's doable! Thank you!

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    1. Hi Malia - you're right - totally doable and in about 15 minutes too! :)

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  9. Hello, new follower here and I’d like to invite you to join me at my weekly
    Clever Chicks Blog Hop:

    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/12/clever-chicks-blog-hop-13.html
    I hope you can make it!
    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

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    1. Thanks Kathy! I'm a bit crazed this week, but I have your blog open in one of my tabs on my computer to remind me to enjoy poking around while enjoying some tea on the weekend! I look forward to it! I'll definitely participate in future weeks!

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  10. These are so cute, simple but lovely little piece of Christmas to give to special friends. Thanks for the inspiration. Craft store here I come!

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    1. I'm so glad you like them Donna! There's so many ways to make these your own too, depending on colors and embellishments! Happy crafting!

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  11. Laura, These are so darn cute!! I love this idea. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.

    xoxo
    Denyse

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  12. What a fun idea! I think I'll have to try this this holiday season. I'm pinning right now :-)

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution
    www.thejennyevolution.com

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    1. Thanks so much for pinning, Jennifer! Definitely let me know if you make some tree pots of your own! :)

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  13. Don't forget you better bake those pinecones to get the critters out.

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