I don’t think I can be entirely blamed for the temporary suspension of my internal calendar. Firstly, it was September only a week ago wasn’t it, secondly, I only planted my garlic and onions for next year this week, so that means it’s definitely still Autumn, and thirdly, and most importantly, yesterday morning when I left the house at 7am, in the dark, it was already 12C and I had to take my scarf off because I was hot. It’s very hard to believe that Christmas can be in 20 sleeps isn’t it?
So to bring a little Christmas magic, and edge us gently into the festive season I spent a happy evening this week playing with a little felt and a lot of glitter.
These gorgeous little pine cones are actually the latest in my stash of Mollie Makes cover kits, and I think they’re really clever. Each pinecone is made up of stacks of five-petalled flower shapes of various sizes, one of each colour, strung onto a cocktail stick with tiny felt squares as spacers. The kit came with punched sheets of felt to press out so I can (and probably will) use the remainder as a stencil to make some more from my own felt stash.
I could have put them together as they were but we all know the glitter was never really optional. I strung all the dark brown felt pieces on the cocktail stick and suspended it over a bowl to catch the glitter and then worked my way along the line, dabbing glue and sprinkling sparkle.
We were a bit short on choices for glue so I ended up using our glittery decoupatch glue, which is basically pva glue with sparkles. It worked pretty well, and added a boost to the twinkles where any of the glitter didn’t stick but it does dry fast so I found the best method was to work two petals at a time, paint glue on half and sprinkle glitter, then turn and do the other side. The other tricky bit was making the top of the pine cone glue together; even after I went to find the super tacky fabric glue they just didn’t want to stay put so I went back to the tried and tested method of holding it together with a clothes peg and that seems to have done the trick.
The bottom of the pine cones are finished with a little felt circle and some gold thread to hang them up although I think the look a little bit bizarre hanging upside down so I might just sit them on our Christmas tree, hopefully somewhere near a fairy light so they can sit there and twinkle all winter long – and very definitely well above a certain young man’s reach!
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