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“Pinecone” decorations: an Anthropologie-inspired winter craft

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This do-it-yourself project was inspired by the 2013 holiday displays in Anthropologie stores. The boho-rustic result is easy to achieve at home since imperfections and inconsistencies in the pinecones add to the charm of the project.

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Gather some corrugated cardboard as the basis of your project. It’s a great opportunity to reuse shipping boxes you may have gathered over time. Tear off one side of the cardboard to reveal the “flutes,” the ridges inside the cardboard, and then cut an elongated triangle from the cardboard with the flutes running parallel to the base. The triangle should measure approximately three inches at the base and eight inches from the base to the tip, but precision is not required and variation among your pinecones is ideal.

Turn the triangle so that the flutes face down, and begin to roll the base toward the pointed end. Secure with glue as you go, rolling the triangle into a pinecone. There will be a tube-shaped opening through the pinecone when you have finished. Repeat to make as many pinecones as you wish. Once the glue is dry, begin decorating your pinecones. Gold glue and glitter are recommended, but you can be creative with the embellishments. Spraying or dabbing on paint will work equally well, and messiness is welcome!

Use these pinecones to make ornaments for a Christmas tree or a garland to decorate any home for winter. You could also use them to fill a tall glass vase, giving a sophisticated spin to this upcycled project.

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