Lighted Pinecone Arrangement
Pinecone "flowers" with glowing centers fill a simple vase in this exquisite arrangement.
Source: Martha Stewart
For the petals, snip woody scales from pinecones, and glue them to plastic flowers on specialty string lights. Arrange the lights in a vase, and add tiny pinecones on wire stems for a lush, compact bouquet. Set it on a side table or a mantel for easy cord-hiding.
Clip scales from large pinecones. Remove a plastic flower from a string of flower lights. Hot-glue scales behind the plastic petals, making 2 rings of 5 each. Repeat for every third light. Clip flowers back onto lights.
Gather lights into small bundles of 2 or 3 (leaving some pinecone flowers single); use floral wire to wrap their wires together, creating "stems" about 4 inches long.
Gather bundles together. Near the ends, wrap with electrical tape to secure, leaving the end of the cord loose to attach to an extension cord. Place in a vase. (A cylinder vase works well; an opaque one hides the cords.)
Give small pinecones wire stems: Cut 8-inch lengths of floral wire; wrap the middle of 1 wire around bottom of 1 pinecone, and twist wire ends together. Tuck "stem" into arrangement. Continue to fill out bouquet as needed, arranging the lights in a pleasing way.