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This one of the prettiest things I have done in a long time. I like to think I do lots of pretty things. But this is pretty in its simplest, most natural, crafty form. This is my favorite type of pretty.
After getting a small start on holiday decorating with the bells on the door, I moved on to a bigger idea. But, still a simple one. I am focusing on holiday decorating projects that make me feel successful this year. You know, the ones that you feel good about the time you spent on them, that make you smile, and that are totally do-able.
I think it has been almost 20 years since I planted three small saplings in my parent’s backyard. They were the little trees they give out on Earth day. The first year, they almost got eaten by rabbits and my parents had to put cages around them. As you might imagine the trees are huge now. And, the pine tree makes huge pinecones. My mom harvested a trash bag full of them for me this year. I knew I could do something amazing with them.
And, something amazing I did. I carefully wrapped each pinecone with yarn, also donated to this project by my mom. After wrapping the first pinecone and seeing the gorgeous result, I was hooked. I actually found it quite therapeutic to sit and wrap pinecones. I enjoyed working with my hands while my mind wandered. In no time at all, I had a pile of yarn wrapped pinecones in my five chosen colors.
As beautiful as they looked heaped in a pile, and as useful as they were for styling this photo shoot, I had bigger plans for my pinecones. I wanted colorful pinecones dangling from the banister. The vision in my head was pure perfection, a feat I hoped I could pull off in real life.
I started by attaching my favorite faux garland, that I have had for over 8 years, to the banister. I just tied it on with a few lengths of yarn. Then, I began hanging my pinecones from their colorful tails. I tied them each to the backbone of the garland, staggering them as I went.
I love the colorful pinecones dripping from the garland greeting all the guests that walk through our front door. So simple. So beautiful. Kind of has me itching to yarn-bomb other things in my house.