Today's Guest Blogger is Jane from Cottage at the Crossroads.
5 Fun Facts about Jane & Leo
1. Jane & Leo live in South Carolina on land that has been in Leo's family since the 1700's.
2. Jane & Leo have an incredible garden! See it HERE.
3. Jane is awesome with DIY and last Christmas she made this adorable Peppermint Twist Pillow! See how to make your own HERE.
4. Jane & Leo have a shop where they sell hand picked vintage goods.
5. My favorite thing - Crossroads Radio. Take a listen HERE.
Hi everyone! I'm Jane from Cottage at the Crossroads, and I'm bringing you some ideas today for using pine cones in your holiday decorating. I love to use natural materials in decorating and since we have a pine tree in our yard, I naturally turn to pine cones as a decorating source.
I've used pine cones in making a winter wreath, on mantels, and one year I even painted some and hung them from the ceiling. But one of my favorite ways to use them is to just display them in bowls.
Today I'm starting with a silver Revere bowl but you could use just about anything as a container. I really like the way they look in vintage colanders as well as in wooden or ironstone bowls.
And, of course, you need to paint your pine cones in advance. Here are some that I recently painted with a flat, white spray paint.
Here is one that I "flocked" several years ago by brushing some glue and Epson salt on the tips. I had put a little blue paint on the tips as well so I hit them with the white spray paint recently.
And some of them I painted with silver spray paint that mimics mercury glass.
This is the spray paint that I used to get that effect, and I found it at Hobby Lobby.
As it gets closer to the holidays, I will tuck some real greenery into the display, but right now I used some faux that has some natural colored pine cones attached.
All of those went into the bowl to make a very natural, pretty, and inexpensive display.
And I think it makes it more interesting when there is a mix of sizes, colors, and finishes.
But them I got to playing a bit by lining the bowl with a couple of handmade doilies and tucking a little heart-shaped ornament inside to add more interest. It totally changes the look, doesn't it?
So don't be afraid to start playing around with this because there is no right way to do it. The good thing about pine cones is that they look good any way you display or paint them. I just love to use them in decorating!
I hope I've given you a few ideas to begin your holiday decorating. If you have time, stop by to see how I used red painted magnolia leaves on our Christmas mantel last year. I'm always spray painting something!