Lay your eye level with the scales of the pinecone and you'll find that each one is as beautifully wrought as a flower petal. This resemblance inspired us to turn pinecones into lustrous golden-brown blossoms, perfect for table decorations and gift embellishments that will last not only for this Thanksgiving and Christmas, but for many holiday seasons to come.
It's amazingly easy to effect the transformation from cone to bloom. Just snip the scales off the stem, and then glue them together in the shape of a flower. The resulting blossoms may be as dainty as a violet or as spiky as a dahlia. If a variety of cone types isn't abundant where you live, look online or in crafts stores. All you'll need to coax blossoms from your finds are floral supplies: cutters, wire, and glue. When you place these adornments alongside the season's bounty, you'll likely conclude that nature has come up with some wonderful decorating ideas.
These climbers include flowers made from Sabulosum cone scales, buds from the tamarack tree, and leaves, which are really single Norway spruce cone scales. The finished vine can be tightly coiled around a candlestick.
You'll need cone scales and a decorative center for each bloom; both are available at crafts stores.
1. Eastern white pinecones have long scales. Brown, natural canella berries are good centers for flat blooms.
2. The tiny cones of the Sabulosum tree are ideal for delicate flowers. Use snipped cloves or the top of a poppy pod for centers.
3. Douglas fir cones result in plump blossoms. Tamarack buds can be used as centers or as buds.
4. For zinnia-like florets, use blue spruce cones combined with rice grass as centers.
5. Norway spruce cones can be layered to create big flowers; dried weeping grass makes pretty tufted centers.