Honestly, I think I'm just as sick of that complaint as they are at seeing Christmas music start early. I say, why not start Christmas early?! People tend to be a little more jolly, and a little more giving, so why not?!
Erlene, from My Pinterventures, must feel the same way because she coordinated a Christmas ornament gift exchange between 80 other bloggers across the U.S.! Can you imagine?! And the best part is that one of the requirements was for the ornaments to cost less than $10 to make. That means you get over 80 ornament tutorials to choose from that are all fairly cost effective! Different tutorials will be shared everyday from November 1st-14th. I will link some of these at the bottom!
I love doing crafts during the holidays, so I obviously HAD TO sign up for this!
My partner for the exchange was Audrey from Munofore. Audrey didn't really have a specific theme or color preference for her tree, which really just gave me free reign.
Where do you begin when you can really do anything? I thought back to the Christmas/winter classics.
- Styrofoam egg
- 1 sheet of holiday themed scrap-booking paper
- Straight pins
- Dab of hot glue (optional)
- Turn your paper over. Measure & cut 1" x 1" squares. (You'll only need about half your paper in squares)
- Fold top two corners down of each square to make a pentagon shape. Reserve 1 square as is for bottom of pine cone.
- Find the narrow end of the egg, pin top point of pentagon to center and then place two more pins on either side. Repeat until top is covered with 4 pentagons. Then move to wider end and pin square paper using 4 pins to cover bottom (this part of step can also be done toward the end as well).
- Beginning at narrow end, take a pentagon and hold about 1/4" to 1/2" down from previous row. Position it in between gap from two pentagons from previous row. Using two pins, pin in place (no longer pinning top point down, just one pin on either side). Repeat with 3 more pentagons until gaps from previous row are covered.
- Take 4 more pentagons and fill gaps in current row.
- You will be doing a total of 8 pentagons per row in the same manner as above until completed.
- When you get about 3/4 of the way down, it's time to add the ribbon. Cut your ribbon long enough to hang your ornament. Give it a little extra length because you will start pinning it into place at this point. I cut mine about 11" in length. Use two pins to pin in place.
- Continue pinning pentagons, occasionally covering ribbon as it comes up.
- As you get to the bottom there will be a lot of overlapping, that is fine. The pine cone is finished when you can see no more styrofoam.
- Place a dot of hot glue at bottom of pine cone and press either side of ribbon into it to secure into place.
Alright, so there you have it! A very simple yet impressive looking handmade ornament! I hope you enjoy this and as promised here are a few others that are participating in the exchange as well!! Happy Holidays!