Today is another NO COST project I created for my home, and which you can do too if you love bringing nature indoors. I created a hand-dip painted pinecone garland. (psst, I posted some more economical diy garlands here). Did I already mention that it cost me $0.00 cents to make?
First I frolicked outside my n’hood picking pinecones for my white winter wonderland garland. It’s fun EXPLORING what you can find when you peacefully look around you. Then, I gathered all the ingredients which I already had at home. Ingredients:
* pinecones (gift from mother Nature)
* paint (used left over paint so cost $0.00)
* cardboard (left over from a package I received so cost $0.00)
* clear string or thread (cost about $2.50, but I had some already at home, so cost $0.00
* scissor (to cut garland to desired length)
* hooks (had leftovers at home so cost $0.00)
I picked these pinecones in my neighborhood. You can go to parks starting October and the ground will most likely be adorned with pinecones, if not just visit me … we have toooons!
Ready for the step by step guide?
This is how I painted the pinecone. No brush used, I simply dipped it into white paint that I had stored at home ($0.00). Dip dip dip . . . .
. . . then let it dry on a cardboard (which was leftover from a package a received $0.00):
I used the Command clear hooks (which I already had at home so $0.00 cost) . . . . the pinecones are lightweight so I only needed 1 on each corner:
With clear plastic string I tied each pinecone together (like tying shoe laces .. eaaasy breeezy). If you don’t have clear string in your home, maybe you have clothing thread – and I suggest choosing one that matches your wall so the thread isn’t too visible.
TDone! Economically. Isn’t it pretty?
Tying the pinecones took less than 5 minutes (I was quite shocked how quick and easy it was).
Here’s a closer view:
Remember that you can hand dip the pinecones in ANY COLOR YOU WANT. I also hand dipped some in green paint that I had left over – below is a peekaboo at it … pretty light minty green: