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Project

Pinecone Place Card

Introduction

Florets burst from place cards, made by gluing card stock over veneer paper; prop up the cards with a triangle of heavy paper glued underneath, perpendicular to the veneer.

Materials

  • Small bowl
  • Scales
  • Cardboard box (at least 4 inches square) with a hinged lid
  • Floral wire
  • Shears
  • Card stock
  • 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. Snip 4 inches of floral wire; form a small hook on one end.

  2. Step 2

    From card stock, cut a disk a bit larger than the desired size of the bloom's center.

  3. Step 3

    Secure disk to box top by poking wire through both, letting hook rest in the center so the wire won't fall through. Using tacky glue, affix scales in a flower shape to disk; the hook will become covered with glue.

  4. Step 4

    For a fuller blossom, add another layer inside the first, using smaller scales, adding up to five layers for larger blooms.

  5. Step 5

    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 (9)

  • 23 Nov, 2011

    HUH???????
    Why can't we just glue the pedals onto the paper and call it done!!!!

  • 2 Nov, 2008

    Life....the box is nothing more than a small table to work on. You put the wire through the card stock disk and thenthrough a [filtered word] in the top of the box. The disk sits on the box top and the wire loop keeps it from moving around and centers the petals. The rest of the wire (the stem) just sits inside the box. When you're done with the flower and the glue dries, just pull it off of the box lid. Repeat for as many flowers as you want. Got it?

  • 2 Nov, 2008

    Thanks for offering to help. I still am not able to visualize what the purpose is of
    the hinged lid, the box, or the hook! I really want to try this but can't understand
    if the instructions are offering me a great suggestion, or if I should just try to copy
    what I see and forget the instructions.

  • 2 Nov, 2008

    Thanks for offering to help. I still am not able to visualize what the purpose is of
    the hinged lid, the box, or the hook! I really want to try this but can't understand
    if the instructions are offering me a great suggestion, or if I should just try to copy
    what I see and forget the instructions.

  • 2 Nov, 2008

    Thanks for offering to help. I still am not able to visualize what the purpose is of
    the hinged lid, the box, or the hook! I really want to try this but can't understand
    if the instructions are offering me a great suggestion, or if I should just try to copy
    what I see and forget the instructions.

  • 11 Oct, 2008

    Not hard to understand. You use the cardboard box to hold a piece of wire that you hook on one end like an ornament hook. The curled end holds a piece of circular cardstock that is the size of how you want your flower. Then on this paper you glue the scales of the pinecone on the paper and layer them to the desired flower look that you want. Hope this helps!

  • 20 Sep, 2008

    I agree these instructions are hard to understand
    and impossible to follow. Would love to try but
    not with these instructions

  • 28 Jun, 2008

    I agree, this idea is really cute, but the instructions are not helpful at all.

  • 6 Jun, 2008

    Pictures of step by step instructions would be great.