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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


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.

Fragrant Christmas Potpourri


You can spice up your home for the holidays with a beautiful and fragrant potpourri blend using dried apple slices, dried orange slices, and dried whole slit oranges combined with pinecones, cinnamon sticks, and whole anise stars.  The combined fragrance is perfect for Christmas. You can also add drops of Christmas fragrance oils like cinnamon, orange, apple, etc., You can add Christmas colors to your blend like red and green leaves and pods, for this blend I added cedar tips for a splash of green and red bakuli pods for a splash of red. There are many different types of colorful pods you can find at aromatherapy shops and crafts shops that sell potpourri ingredients.



Primitive Salt Dough Ornies


Salt dough ornies are a great addition to your country primitive home decor. They are very easy and fun to make, you can make holes in them and hang them or you can add them to rose hips for a prim fixins blend. They are made the same way that you make dough cookies but these ornies ARE DEFINITELY NOT EDIBLE. Not only would they taste terrible but they become hard as a rock, they are purely for decoration purposes.

To make them, you will need cookie cutters (for my ornies in the pic I used a round cookie cutter and a bird cookie cutter), acrylic paints ( I used orange and black) and paint brushes and your dough. For the dough you will need:

2 cups flour

1 cup salt

1 cup water


In a bowl, combine the flour and salt and slowly begin adding your cup of water until your dough becomes smooth and pliable, you might not even need to use the whole cup of water to get the dough to your desired consistency so you can knead it and work with it.

When your dough is at a workable consistency, working on a lightly floured surface, knead it and roll it out flat with a rolling pin and cut shapes with the cookie cutters. For mine I used to round cutters for the prim Annie faces and the bird cutters for the crows. If you want to hang them, poke holes in them with a straw. After you’re done cutting your shapes, place them on baking paper on a cookie sheet and bake them. The temperature and timing depend on how thick your ornies are. Slow bake them with the oven temp set at about 200 degrees until they become hard and dry.

Remove them from the oven and let them cool. Once they are cool, you can begin decorating them with your paint. I used the orange and black paint to draw and color the Annie faces and hair and the black paint to color the prim crows. I didn’t poke holes in mine because I didn’t want to hang them, I used them as a display with scented rose hips, cinnamon sticks, and whole nutmeg for a fragrant primitive fixins blend.

Of course you can used whatever cookie cutters you want for your shapes and whatever paint colors you want and you can even use glitter and other embellishments to decorate them. If you poke holes in them, you can hang them with ribbon, or jute, or string, or raffia.

And please remember to use caution if you are making them around children who might think that the ornies are actually cookies and might try to bite into them and eat them.



Potpourri Ideas: Apple Potpourri


This apple potpourri is a fragrant blend perfect for Summer, Fall (omg is it almost here?), and Winter. You can make this beautiful potpourri blend with dried apple slices, dried bay leaves, pear pods, apple pods, twistie pods, and pine cones.  You can add apple fragrance oil to enhance the scent.

This blend also contains one of my favorite potpourri ingredients – cedar roses:



They are cones that are shaped like roses. These cute cones go perfectly not only in a rustic primitive potpourri blend but also a pretty flowery blend. They are actually the bottoms and insides of the cones of the Deodar Cedar tree. When the full cones fall off the trees they start to break down and what remains are these cute little rose shaped parts of the cones.
All of these ingredients are available in potpourri supply stores. You can even find some of them in health food stores and aromatherapy supply stores. You can find so many wonderful ingredients in these stores and you can work this blend according to your tastes and preferences, adding whatever ingredients and fragrances you fancy.