Happy Thanksgiving!! I love this time of year. We are so incredibly blessed and have SO much to be thankful for. I’m thankful for a loving husband, a sweet daughter, and amazing family all around me. I’m thankful for a warm cozy house. And most of all, I’m thankful for a God who loves us! What are you thankful for?
I know it’s a little ironic that it’s technically not even Thanksgiving yet, and I’m sharing a Christmas decoration with you. Poor Thanksgiving gets thrown under the bus with Black Friday and Christmas events starting already! But, it’s still important for us to stop and remember what we’re thankful for. And, because it’s Thanksgiving, I’ll be taking Friday off as well, so this’ll be my only post this week! I’ll be back on Sunday just in time for Motivational Monday!
Last week I shared my Bible Verse Advent Calendar shown above, and I mentioned in the post about a tutorial coming on my pinecone garland. Well, I added another little garland as well to make these two rustic pinecone and wood Christmas garlands! I love the combination of the two together!
To start, you need several pinecones. You can buy them in bags at any store, but I just went outside and picked up a bunch. I made sure they were shaken off and bug-free. I actually made this garland back when I shared my Camping Themed Baby Shower, so I don’t have many pictures of the process.
To make the garland, I just used some twine, wrapped it around the thicker top part of the pinecone, and made sure the twine was pushed in well. I used some hot glue and glued under the twine between the little pinecone sections to ensure it would stay. There’s lots of different ways you can actually attach the twine to the pinecones, but this method worked well for me. You’ll definitely want to use a lot of hot glue though, because the more pinecones you have on your garland, the heavier it will be. I left a few inches of space between each pinecone.
After you have the desired amount of pinecones glued to the twine, it’s now time to add some “snow.” You could easily buy the fake snow spray which would work great. I didn’t have any on hand and I wanted a little more texture, so I used Epsom salt. I sprayed each pinecone with spray adhesive really well, and then dipped the whole cone into a big bowl of Epsom salt. I just rolled it around until I had the amount I wanted glued on. Shake it really well, as the salt fall off easily. You can even give the pinecone another thin coat of the spray adhesive after it’s covered, to make sure all the salt sticks. You’ll still have some fall off, but once it’s hung and you’re not handling it anymore, they’ll stay.
Isn’t it pretty? I even glued some salt to the twine, but you could easily skip that step. Because I had my garland already put together, I glued on the Epsom salt after. It might be easier to glue the salt onto the pinecones first, then glue the pinecones to the twine. But that’s entirely up to you!
For the wood slice garland, I used a small stump from a pretty birch tree that fell on my neighbors property. He kindly cut me a bunch of wood and sticks; a crafter’s dream! I’ve slowly been finding uses for them all. We cut four 1/2 inch wood slices from the stump. I let them dry out a few days before I painted. Using chalkboard paint, I free-handed the centers, leaving just a tiny edge of the wood unpainted. I’m obsessed with chalkboard paint!
After that dried, I primed the surface by rubbing chalk all over it and wiping it off with a towel. I used a chalk pen and wrote the letter’s for “Noel” on each slice. I also added a little silver bow to the tops to add a little sparkle. Using some sticks from my wood pile, I made little stars to add to the garland. I cut 5 smaller sticks all the same size, and used hot glue to glue the ends of the sticks together to make a star. So easy!
I just glued twine to the backs of each wood slice and star, and I had myself a little rustic wood slice garland! I LOVE how the two garlands look together, and how it just finishes up the wall! I’m debating adding a little “snow” to the stars too, or giving them a coat of metallic silver paint. But for now, I like it how it is. What do you think?
I’m slowly getting things out and ready to decorate for Christmas. You better believe that Friday is GO time! Christmas music will be on, a peppermint white mocha will be sipped, and decorating will be happening. I’m so excited!
I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving, friends!!