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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Winter Pine Cone Trees

I am finally getting around to finishing this post on my winter pine cone trees.    After Christmas, I decided I wanted to keep out a few of my  pine cone trees and use them for my winter decor.  I shared the tutorial on how to make these before Thanksgiving.  If you missed the tutorial, you can see that here.  They are super easy to make, and great decorations for fall and Christmas. 

 diy winter pine cone tree

I decided to spray these with "Snow" that I purchased at Hobby Lobby.  It's the same can that I used on my winter wreath to give it a winter makeover. 

Here's what the trees before I flocked them.  I had lightly spray painted these gold for Christmas.   I put three coats of the snow on each tree to make sure they were thoroughly covered.  

Life on Lakeshore Drive DIY Winter Pine Cone Tree

Then I added some red berries and birds to each of the trees.  I just stuck them in there, instead of using glue.  I attached the birds with the wire that came on them. 
Life on Lakeshore Drive DIY Winter Pine Cone Tree

Last week I shared my candle holder makeover.  Once I got them finished, I decided they would be the perfect base for the trees.  Since the base of the tree is cardboard, I just placed them on top of the holders.

Life on Lakeshore Drive DIY Winter Pine Cone Tree

Here's a view from the top of the trees. 

Life on Lakeshore Drive DIY Winter Pine Cone Tree
Here's a close up of the larger tree.

Life on Lakeshore Drive DIY Winter Pine Cone Tree

Here's the smaller tree. 

Life on Lakeshore Drive DIY Winter Pine Cone Tree in lightbox

Here is what the tree looks like in a lightbox.    My box is not big enough to fit the big tree in it, much less both of them.  It is so hard for me to get outside photos during the week with my work schedule.  So I made a lightbox, but I plan on making one that is much larger.  This tree only had 2 coats of snow on it when I took this photo.  I still have a lot to learn about using the lightbox.  I think the top light was too bright.  Another project I need to work on!  :)  The details on the candle holder is so much clearer.  

Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my winter pine cone trees.  I am so glad you did!  I'm almost finished with my daughter's vanity for her room, and hope to share that later this week.  

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Jenny Lynn said...

I have to tell you that I am totally in love with how great your pine cone trees look. I want to make some to have on my front porch. :)

Suzan Sweatman said...

These are just beautiful Kathy!!!
Thanks for sharing
( and I'm so impressed you have a light box you pro, you )
btw - I have a giveaway I just posted - pls feel free to come by!

Anonymous said...

These are beautiful Kathy! Before was great too but I actually like them with the snow more! ;) What a cute idea...great for the front porch!

Gail said...

Oh my! I love your pine cone trees Kathy! Adding the birds and berries is just the right touch for a wintry showpiece!

Winnie said...

These trees are soooooooooooo beautiful!
How gorgeous they look with the touch of snow :)

Peggy Hale said...

Kathy, I love these! They are just gorgeous! Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Peggy

Barbara F. said...

Kathy, these are so beautiful. I am impressed that you made your own light box? Can you share how you made it? I love the effect of taking photos of an object in one. Thanks. xo

Krysti Sumpter said...

Hello! i found your blog on the Aloha friday blog hop! I am your newest follower, can you please give me a follow back?



Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel said...

These trees are absolutely beautiful Kathy! Pure gorgeousness!!!!
Tuula :)

Tammy Henderson said...

These are great...Love! Thanks for linking up.

SweetPepperRose said...

Love 'em Kathy!... yep, they're still on my to-do list, even though they are all over my yard ;-) I like them plain and painted but I don't think I have a "shortage" of them.

Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

You did such a great job on the pinecones girly.. Just love them .. YOUR so inspiring . love your blog... HUGS .. Sherry @ The Rusty Pearl

Dewdrop Gardens said...

Gorgeous! Then I think pine cones say winter, I love the flocking you did. And the cardinals!
Debbie :)

Helen's Decor said...

Kathy, you just gave me an idea. I'm thinking the leftover cinnamon pinecones would make a great tree, too. Your trees are perfect for our weather recently! Thanks for hosting the party. Helen

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Your pine cone trees are gorgeous!

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

So pretty Kathy! I like your new blog look!

Linda Bouffard said...

Hi, Kathy, Thanks for the party. I also Facebooked your party. You have been busy. How have you been? Take care, Linda

Ivy and Elephants said...

These are so pretty, Kathy. I'm going to file this so I can try a few this fall. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us.

Our Pinteresting Family said...

These are so beautiful! :)

Laurie @ Laurie's Little Bits of Creativity, etc. said...

I love these Kathy! I'm pinning so that I can make some next year. We have tons of pine cones on our property, unfortunately they are under the snow right now. :)

2justByou said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! Love it. =0)
I added you to my Google+ and am now following your blog via GFC.

2justByou said...

I meant to say, I already follow via GFC, but am now following via networked blogs as well. =0)

Ira Morse said...

Wow...what a gorgeous pine tree you have here Kathy, This will be my next project for this coming Valentine’s Day and instead of birds I’m going to change in with hearts and balloons....By the way thanks for this inspirational cute tree :)

Brenda said...

Oh, Kathy!! You are SO TALENTED!! These trees are absolutely beautiful!! Terrific job!! :) I'm going to click through to the tutorial and pin it :) Thanks so much for sharing! :-)

Have a beautiful weekend!!

Heidi@OneCreativeMommy.com said...

I love this transformation, Kathy!

Maria said...

Oh my goodness these are so pretty!!! I love the "snowy" pinecones, and the birds on them! Beautiful!!!

Maria said...

Oh my goodness these are so pretty!!! I love the "snowy" pinecones, and the birds on them! Beautiful!!!

Maria said...

Oh my goodness these are so pretty!!! I love the "snowy" pinecones, and the birds on them! Beautiful!!!

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

'Very pretty, Kathy! Thank you for hopping on board The Great Blog Train! -Marci, Angie and Helen

Between Blue and Yellow said...

really cute! Love the cardinals.

Natasha L'nei said...

Wow! These are so cool. Definitely makes me want to go find some pine cones!

Newest follower from the Blog Train!

Wanda Ann Olsen said...

Thank you for linking to my party. These are just beautiful. I love them.
Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

Debbie @ MeandMyDIY said...

Kathy, these are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I can't believe you made them. Wow. I'm heading off to view the tutorial now, and will be pinning these for next year. I'm so glad you stopped by, and I'm happy to return the favor. Have a great weekend!


Christine said...

Oh WOW Kathy!!! LOVE IT!!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality last week!!!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Love the snowy look and the pops of red - very pretty!

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes said...

These are beautiful, Kathy!

Jann Olson said...

Love the dusting of snow kathy! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Theresa said...

Oh so pretty! I love your pine come trees. Hope your having a good week Kathy! Thanks for sharing & linking up @ DearCreatives.com

Jody and Stan said...

Kathy, you're so creative! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful pine cone trees at Simple & Sweet Fridays.


Susie Buetow said...

Thank you for submitting yet another fun project to the Crafty Showcase! We love your projects. xoxo susie @bowdabra

Ps- here is the newest linky! http://bowdabrablog.com/2013/02/16/crafty-showcase-link-up-anything-fun-in-the-craft-project-linky/

Renea Hand said...

This is so pretty! Thanks for linking up to Manic Monday!

Renea - http://cupcake-n-bake.blogspot.com

Debbie Borthwick said...

I love these trees, Kathy, they are perfect for Christmas with the cardinals and berries. So pretty, I have to try this when I find enough pine cones. I'll be pinning, thanks!
Debbie :)

jforest said...


Thanks so much for the tutorial! I absolutely LOVE your pine cone trees and I will be making at least one for my living room. I really adore the trees with the snow embellishment and the gorgeous cardinals and red berries. That's the one I will try to make tomorrow. By the way, your photos are great!
Thanks again for your wonderful instructions!

Anonymous said...

I just made two of these. Okay, my first one was huge. It is 2 feet tall (not including the gift box I used for a base). It looks great in the middle of my big dinning room table. I scaled back on my second one, and it is 16 inches tall. This one I am raffling off at my next Women's Club church meeting. Love it!

Dianna Pape said...

I LOVE those.....I , however live in Florida and no pine tree's!!!! Trying to find them at a great price, I think the neighbors would love seeing them!!!!!

Thanks so much

God bless you,

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