So many possibilities...
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Christmas is one of the best holidays for craft-making. There are just so many opportunities to do something creative and get into that jolly holiday spirit. Making some of your own ornaments gives your tree a personality that you just can't get with all store-bought decorations. Decorated pine cones are a cheap, easy way to give your tree a homier touch. Unleash your creativity and turn simple forest pine cones into truly stunning Christmas ornaments.
Prepare your work station. Lay down paper towels, put on smocks and set out a bowl of water for rinsing your brushes between paint colors. Gather your paints, glitter, sequins, beads or whatever else you'll be using to decorate your pine cones. If you'll be using a glue gun to glue decorations to your pine cones, plug it in and let it preheat.
Use a sharp poking instrument, like an ice pick, to poke through the tops of each pine cone. The hole doesn't have to be big, just large enough for you to be able to string the pine cones later.
Decorate your pine cones. Use whatever materials best express your personal sense of style. Paints, glitter, sequins and beads are all great ideas for decorating your pine cones, but they are by no means the only or best ways to decorate them. Get creative and have a blast doing it!
Spray your pine cones with a layer of clear polyurethane to preserve them and keep them protected. Spray in a well-ventilated area and allow to dry.
String your ornaments with ribbon, wire, hemp, yarn or whatever you like best. Your ornaments are ready to hang on your Christmas tree.