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Kid Craft: Wax-dipped Pine Cone Ornaments.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Kid Craft: Wax-dipped Pine Cone Ornaments.

Donni brings us this week's kid-friendly craft. Simple with a certain rustic elegance, these Pine Cone Ornaments are certain to delight everyone

As you may know, we wish to someday have a Christmas tree that it entire decorated with handmade ornaments... some collected, some made by us, some found at thrift stores or yard sales. We know that it will take many years to collect and make such treasures but we are delighted that we have started on our quest. Each sweet ornament that we make will be carefully packed away after Christmas and stored until next year. Then, we will unwrap it carefully and the memories of this Christmas, the memories of our time together making it, will come flooding back. We will smile and reminisce and feel our holiday spirit grow.

Today, we made wax pine cone ornaments.

handmade beeswax pine cone Christmas ornaments
Of all our handmade ornaments to date, these little pine cones dipped in beeswax are my favorite of all. They are so pretty with their red bows and golden jackets.

To make beeswax dipped pine cones you will need;

* small pine cones
* eye hooks
* a drill with a small bit
* ribbon
* beeswax

Begin by melting the beeswax over a bain-marie on the stove. A bain-marie can be made by filling a pot, a third full, with water. Bring water to the boil and set your beeswax pot in the boiling water to melt. I have a little milk warmer dedicated to melting beeswax as I work with beeswax often. I let the left-over beeswax harden in the milk warmer and store it for next time. If you don't often work with beeswax, a recycled jar will work just as well as my milk warmer and you can throw it away (or recycle it) when you are done.

making pine cone Christmas ornaments
While the beeswax is melting, drill a hole, just a little but smaller than the width of your eye hooks, in the top of the pine cone.

making Waldorf Christmas decorationsScrew the eye hook into the hole.

handmade Waldorf Christmas ornaments
handmade beeswax Christmas ornaments
When the beeswax is melted you can start dipping your pine cones. Hold the pine cone by the eye hook and dip it into the melted beeswax, quickly. Once you have dipped the pine cone, hold it over the melted beeswax to catch the drips.


Let the dipped pine cone rest for a few seconds, allowing the thin coating of beeswax to harden. Then, dip it into the melted beeswax again, quickly. The quicker you dip the pine cone into the wax, the better it will coat the pine cone.


Let the 2nd layer of wax harden for a few moments and then dip it again, quickly. Soon, you will have a delightfully coated pine cone.

Beautiful golden beeswax dipped pine cones - Waldorf Christmas ornaments
Cut a length of ribbon and hang your pretty ornament with a bow.


Merry blessings and magic,
Donni

Fairyfolk is on vacation until January when Donni's shop will again be filled with all things woolly and magical.

5 Comments:

Blogger Woolhalla said...

I think I can smell it just looking at it here!! Can't wait to try this one out :o)

December 13, 2010 at 9:23 PM  
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December 13, 2010 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger Olives and Pickles said...

wonderful!

December 15, 2010 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger kousalya said...

Great thoughts you got there, believe I may possibly try just some of it throughout my daily life.



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April 20, 2011 at 4:50 AM  
Blogger sandhiya said...

Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun. thank u

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May 23, 2011 at 5:28 AM  

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