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
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:
|Easy Decorating with Pinecones | © Better Homes & Gardens|
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
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.)
Time elapsed? 5 minutes!
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!
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!
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?
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!)