by Patty Cox
need to despair if there are no pine trees in your area, it's easy
to make your own pine cones!
You will need:
- 3" Styrofoam egg
- Tacky Glue
- 12" x 12" aluminum
- Media mixer
- Green raffia
- Dried Lima Beans
- Acrylic paint - Brown, Metallic
Gold, and Metallic Green
- Plastic knife
- Natural paper,handle bag
- Cut styrofoam egg
in half lengthwise with a plastic knife.
- Apply tacky glue to
small end of egg then press a dried lima bean halfway into
styrofoam at the tip of the egg.
- Apply glue to next
row. Insert about 8 rows of lima beans, offsetting bean
scallops on each row as shown in the diagram. Allow glue
- Tear a 12" square
of aluminum foil. Crumple the foil then carefully reopen
- Place the pine cone
on a flat surface then put the foil on top of the pine cone.
Starting in the center of the pine cone, gently press the
foil into the spaces between the beans. Work out toward
the edges, being careful not to tear the foil. Trim the
foil and wrap the edges at the back of the pine cone.
- Squeeze brown and
metallic gold paint and a puddle of media mixer onto a paint
palette. Use a scrap of foil as a paint palette. First dip
your brush in media mixer then in the paint. Paint the pine
cone then wipe off the raised areas with a paper towel.
- Push a sharp pencil
through the top of the pine cone. Thread strands of raffia
through the hole. Tie raffia in a bow.
To make a gift bag:
Dip an old toothbrush into green metallic paint, then spatter
a paper handle bag. Let dry then tie the pine cones to the
bag handles with raffia.
Dow Styrofoam® Brand Plastic Foam; Elmer's® Craftbond
Tacky Glue; Darice® Satin Raffia; Delta Ceramcoat®
Acrylic Paints; Bemiss-Jason Kraft Handle Bag
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