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Pinecone Crafts Ideas

There are many ways to create beautiful crafts with pinecones and this season is a great time to collect them from the ground as they fall off the trees. If you’re not in an area where you can find and collect pinecones you can buy them from crafts stores and most pharmacy/convenience stores.

You can arrange pinecones around candles to make a beautiful display:

candle and pinecones


You can brighten up your pinecones by painting and glittering the tips with colors like white and silver to create a snowy effect. You can also use blue and silver to create an icy effect:

glittery pinecones


Fall Crafts Idea – Fragrant Cinnamon Stick Bunches

spicyfall

A pretty and fragrant Fall decor idea is to make cinnamon stick bunches tied with colored curly ribbons. You can add further fragrance to these cute little cinnamon stick bunches by placing them in decorative seasonal display dishes with strong smelling spices like whole allspice, cloves, and nutmeg.

In the photo above I placed my cinnamon stick bunch in a Fall leaf shaped dish filled with whole allspice, cloves, hawthorn berries, and dried orange peel.

I have a tutorial video on how to make these cute little cinnamon stick bunches and how to curl the ribbon:




Creative Acorn Crafts

Fall is going to be here soon with the crisp cool air and the beautiful colors of the leaves as they begin to turn. Fall is a great time for crafting and you can get very creative with just what you find in your yard. There will soon be an abundance of acorns as they begin falling from the trees, and before you sweep them up and throw them out, let’s look at some very cute and creative crafts that you can make with them.



little acorn people

Little Acorn People – Babyccino




candle display

Candle Display – BHG




rustic acorn wreath

Rustic Acorn Wreath – Crafts Unleashed




glittered acorn wreath

Glittered Acorn Wreath – That’s My Letter




acorn tea set

Acorn Tea Set – Twig & Toadstool




acorn necklaces

Acorn Necklaces – Whimsy Love




acorn owls

Acorn Owls – Bloesem Crafts




glittered acorns

Glittered Acorns – ChinaMommy



Pumpkin Decorating Ideas



Decorating pumpkins doesn’t just have to be carving faces on them, you can make a lovely pumpkin display using things like sparkly beads. You can arrange them in different patterns and use different colors. In the pic above I used light pink and white and arranged them in size starting from the top going from small to large down the sides. You can find sparkly beads at your local crafts stores and some come with an adhesive back, you just pull of the sticker and attach it to your pumpkin. If you can’t find the adhesive kind, you can use glue to attach them.

You can experiment and arrange them in swirly patterns around the pumpkin with different sizes and colors. You can also use stickers and ribbons to decorate them. In the pic below I used face stickers and curling ribbon tied around the stem and curled to make hair.




Primitive Fixins with Cinnamon Crafting Dough


With their deep rich dark red and brown colors, primitive fixins look and smell great especially during the Fall and holiday seasons. They look wonderful when placed in bowls, jars, and around scented candles and really give off a rustic country feel. They consist basically of scented dried rosehips and cinnamon sticks, you can add other fragrant whole spices like anise stars, nutmeg, and allspice to add more color and fragrance to the blend. Another interesting thing is the addition of mini cinnamon rolls – these are just for decoration and not meant to be eaten. These mini cinnamon rolls can be made out of scented wax which you can either make from scratch or buy from some candle supply stores. They can also be made from scented crafting dough, which is a fun project so I would like to share.

In the above photo I had made them with cinnamon crafting dough which is very very fragrant and as you can see comes out in a deep brown color which I really like for a Fall look.  This crafting dough is the same one I used for the mini gingerbread men which you can find here.

Following that recipe, once you remove the dough from the refrigerator and it is pliable enough for you to work with, cut little strips and roll them between your fingers and shape them into mini rolls and set them on wax paper to dry. As I said in the other post, I prefer the air drying method and make sure you turn them over regularly to prevent any curling. Once they are thoroughly dry and hard, you can dab them with white crafting paint for icing or you can even drizzle them with scented candle wax.

These mini cinnamon rolls look and smell terrific, especially when they are displayed with fragrant fixins and candles and other Fall decorations.

*Be sure to use caution if you display them out of the reach of small children, they may think that they’re edible and try to eat them.

Fall Decor Idea


An attractive and fragrant idea for your Fall decor is to display scented candles with whole spices like cinnamon sticks, anise stars, allspice, and cloves. These very fragrant spices will add to the scent of your candles. You can use scented pillar candles, votives, and even bakery candles which look particularly awesome when they are displayed with spices.

*Always use caution with a lit candle and keep away from anything flammable and keep them out of the reach of children and pets.



Fall Pumpkin Soap Project


This is a fun Fall project- little pumpkin soaps. These cute little soaps are made using the hand milled method of soap making. This method requires bars of pure, white, unscented soap. You can buy them at your local drug store. Make sure they are unscented. Usually hand-milled soap recipes require the additives such as herbs, cocoa butter, shea butter, etc., But since this is a project for decoration purposes, we’ll keep it simple and fun. For this project you will need:

2 bars of unscented, white soap

1/2 cup water

A kitchen grater

A bowl

Pumpkin scented soap fragrance

A wooden spoon

A double boiler

Non-toxic acrylic soap paints in orange, green, and black

Artist paint brushes

In a bowl, shred the bars of white soap with your grater until you get 2 cups of shredded soap.



Add the water to the shredded soap. Place the soap/water into a double boiler and place on the stovetop range with medium heat. The soap will slowly begin to absorb the water. You may stir gently with a wooden spoon but remember not to mix too quickly because bubbles may form. The mixture will begin to thicken. As the water becomes absorbed, the mixture will start to become stringy. This is normal.


When it reaches this stringy stage, remove it from the heat and add 15 to 20 drops of pumpkin fragrance oil and stir until it is equally distributed and absorbed. Make sure that the fragrance oil you are using is safe for the skin. The soap mixture will be thick and clumpy and when the mixture cools enough to touch, take parts and form them with your hands into little balls. While the mixture is still soft and pliable, take little pieces and roll and shape them with your thumb and index finger into little tubular shapes and attach them on top of the balls to form stems. After you have used up the whole mixture and shaped all of the pumpkins, place them on a rack and let them dry for a few days. When they are dry, take your acrylic soap paints (you can use regular non-toxic acrylic paint but the problem is that it won’t adhere as well to the surface of the soap, so you’re better off using soap paint.) and paint the pumpkins orange and the stems green and if you want to you can even paint little faces on them. When they are dry, you will have adorable and fragrant little pumpkin soaps.



Fall Decor Items


Shades of bright Fall colors like oranges, yellows, reds, and greens are fantastic for decor ideas. You can arrange pretty and colorful Fall items to make wonderful and creative displays. Pumpkins of course are a staple for Fall and you can enhance your pumpkin displays with colorful flowers and leaves. You can use natural Fall leaves or artificial ones that you can find in crafts stores and even dollar stores. Acorns and pinecones are also great additions.

You can add some natural fragrance to your displays by using dried whole fruit and fruit slices.  Dried whole slit oranges (pictured above) look and smell fantastic and they’re perfect for a Fall display. You can also use dried orange slices and dried apple slices and enhance their scents by adding fragrant whole spices that have Fall-ish colors like tans, browns, and oranges. Some great choices are whole nutmeg, anise stars, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and mace.

Fall is a season for wonderfully scented candles like pumpkin pie spice, vanilla sugar, maple sugar, and a variety of other yummy bakery scents. Whether they’re jar candles, pillar candles, or votives, they look great among Fall displays. You can even get pumpkin pie scented candles that are actually shaped like pies (pictured above) topped with whipped cream wax and they give a unique and charming look to your displays.

Other Fall accents that can round off your displays are scarecrows, gourds, and berries. There are also these cute little pods that are called putka pods (pictures above) that are perfect little Fall accents because they’re orange and shaped like mini pumpkins. They’re actually the fruit of the Glochidion Ferdinandi tree, also known as the cheese tree. The little fruit are dried and used in crafts. They don’t actually have a scent in and of themselves but they’re commonly used in scented crafts like Fall potpourris and fixins blends and even by themselves displayed in a bowl and sprinkled with fragrance oil.

All of these wonderful colorful crafty items can be arranged either by themselves and a few at a time for small displays, or they can be arranged all together in one large display to give your home or office (or wherever else you want) a nice warm colorful Fall feel. I hope this post inspired your creativity.


* If you’re going to use candles in your displays, please use caution especially if they’ll be around flammable items like dried leaves, flowers, etc., If you light them, make sure not to leave the lit candles unattended.



Free Prim Fall Graphic

The first day of Fall will be here tomorrow. Even though I will miss Summer, I do love this time of year, the colorful leaves, pumpkins, great smelling candles, awesome crafts and recipes.

I want to share this free graphic that I made for Fall, it has primitive bakery candles, a black cat and pumpkin. It’s in transparent .png format. Like I said, it’s free for you to use, you can use it on your website, blog, newsletter, etc., And yes, you can use it on commercial projects too, like hang tags, labels, etc., Just hover your mouse over it and save it to your computer.

If you use it, please provide a link back to Dina’s Daydreams http://www.dinasdaydreams.com