I've been a pinecone lover all my life. First: they smell good. Second: they are so wonderfully other world looking. Third: they can be used for decorating. Yeah! Add to pinecones, holly, twigs, leaves, nuts and feathers.
If you're a gardener, you will have found loose feathers lightly laying on the ground. I can never pass one of these beauties without picking it up and tucking it into a decoration. I do suggest cleaning the feathers if you bring them inside because they can harbor insects and disease. Gently wash in "Mr. Clean" and lay flat to dry on a paper towel.
I made a giant pinecone wreath long ago and it lasted for years which is good because it took F.O.R.E.V.E.R to make. I still use the glittered pinecones granddaughter, Katherine, gifted me one year.
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Nuts are a natural for decorating. I made little winter people one year using nuts for the head. Twenty years later I still have them - alas in a baggie and not on the tree because they are so past their prime but I'm too sentimental to throw them away. I know: the kids will not even be able to put them on the hayrack one day.
Soooo: I thought I'd check out Pinterest in an effort to find a few pictures of pinecone crafts for this article and there were so many I finally decided I needed to get my pinecone mojo working with my crafting granddaughter, Grace. Bring on the glue and glitter - grandma is on a binge!