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Project

Pinecone Gift Cards

Introduction

For a hostess gift, wrap tapers in vellum; dress up with blossoms or a matchbox covered with paper, florets, and real leaves. Tie box to candles with a cord threaded through the box's underside.

Materials

  • Small bowl
  • Pinecone scales
  • Cardboard box
  • Floral wire
  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Tacky glue

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Fill a small bowl with scales. For the work surface, you'll need a cardboard box (at least 4 inches square) with a hinged lid.

  2. Step 2

    Snip 4 inches of floral wire; form a small hook on one end. From card stock, cut a disk a bit larger than the desired size of the bloom's center. Secure disk to box top by poking wire through both, letting hook rest in the center so the wire won't fall through

  3. Step 3

    Using tacky glue, affix scales in a flower shape to disk; the hook will become covered with glue. For a fuller blossom, add another layer inside the first, using smaller scales, adding up to five layers for larger blooms. 

  4. Step 4

    Use tacky glue to attach one or more cloves or tiny plant parts in the center; let dry, and remove bloom from box.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, November 2005

Reviews (22)

  • 16 Nov, 2010

    The cards and candles are cute, but how to you get those "scales" off the pinecone? I keep ripping them apart. There must be an easier way.....?

  • 16 Nov, 2010

    Just hit shift and sign, it will give you a larger image. That easy.

  • 7 Nov, 2008

    Has anyone figured out how to print a larger picture of this example. The photo is so small I cannot see the detail.

  • 3 Nov, 2008

    This is a great idea the possibilites are endless

  • 3 Nov, 2008

    I love this idea, I guess i just found my next weekend project. You can also use them for roofing "shingles" on bird house projects.

  • 3 Nov, 2008

    thanks "chalanedoe" for finding the instructions. now i understand what the "hinged lid" thing is about-it gives you a work surface that will support the flower as it's being made and then you can open the lid and push the "flower" off...right? confusing but much better than what is given here! together, we can figure it out!

  • 3 Nov, 2008

    Oh! So cute! What a precious idea! And so easy, too! I have thousands of pine cones where I live, and for the most part, I just look at them all with dismay. It never occured to me to pop the petals apart and do something different with them! This idea would also make cute table place cards for the holiday meals!

  • 2 Nov, 2008

    Thank you for finding the instructions. Still pretty odd-what is with the "hinged lid"???? I just wish that they would let you enlarge the picture for all of the crafts for a more detailed view. I have no idea why they don't offer this option. It would save quite a bit of time if we could see the crafts up close.

  • 2 Nov, 2008

    Hey all,

    I FOUND the complete ILLUSTRATED INSTRUCTIONS! Cut and Paste this link into your search browser http://www.marthastewart.com/article/pinecone-crafts?lnc=bf89cf380e1dd01...

  • 2 Nov, 2008

    I'm sure this is a very cute idea, it looks that way, what I can make out of the picture but the directions are way to hard to follow.

  • 2 Nov, 2008

    I too find this exasperating - the lack of reasonable-sized images or the ability to zoom images on the whole site. Whether in cooking or crafting projects, aesthetics, good visuals are what Martha has always represented. My guess is that the use of tiny images is MSO's attempt to protect their intellectual property. In the long run I wonder if it makes good business sense to frustrate fans this way.

  • 2 Nov, 2008

    While you are all waiting for the ability to zoom and size the image, you can do the same thing with the print and print preview functions. Select print, the print preview. While in print preview mode, enlarge by 200%. That sequence may not exactly match your print/browser options, but you will have similar functionality if you play around with it.

  • 2 Nov, 2008

    I so often see the same complaints and I do agree. Marthas's not checking! I would like th link,I don't see it and it would be nice to be able to zoom or enlarge the picture.
    Barbm

  • 2 Nov, 2008

    I so often see the same complaints and I do agree. Marthas's not checking! I would like th link,I don't see it and it would be nice to be able to zoom or enlarge the picture.
    Barbm

  • 2 Nov, 2008

    I so often see the same complaints and I do agree. Marthas's not checking! I would like th link,I don't see it and it would be nice to be able to zoom or enlarge the picture.
    Barbm

  • 2 Nov, 2008

    I now know what to do with the pinecone scales that the squirrels drop in my back yard from the nieghbors pine tree. These will be fun to do with my grandchild.
    Thanks for the great idea.

  • 2 Nov, 2008

    Go to the link for pinecone crafts at the bottom of these instructions and on page three of that link you will find the details which are missing in these instructions. The original instructions must have followed the information in this link.

  • 2 Nov, 2008

    Maybe the hook is for attaching to gift or the small match box lnoted in the first part of the article.

  • 2 Nov, 2008

    I don't get it and why can't we see an enlarged picture. What box?

  • 2 Nov, 2008

    huh?!?

  • 2 Nov, 2008

    Looks like a cute idea, but again, the instructions are very unclear...wha's the point of a box with a hinged lid, the hook and wire thing is also confusing. It seems the flowers are built by glueing separate pine cone petals, but not sure. Would love to have a more precise explanation and maybe a picture diagram.

  • 2 Nov, 2008

    I agree w/ null I'd love to make for Christmas but what are you saying? I do not understand.