I love decorating for Christmas and I enjoy incorporating natural objects into my Christmas decorating. Since we are in this house for our first Christmas, it is a bit of a blank slate. There are new little areas and even a mantle to display my various Holiday vignettes.
My new property is loaded with evergreen trees and shrubs. I really didn’t have any before. The situation is giving me a crash course in coniferous trees. The terms “pine tree” and “pine cone” are tossed about quite a bit, but as I am finding, are often misused. After I started collecting pine cones (or so I thought) and wanted to make some things with them, I started to look them up in my tree identification book. To my surprise, these were fir cones, from fir trees.
They have lovely little shaggy bits that stick out so I painted them copper and gold, strung them up and they make nice little Christmas ornaments. Now if you get a Douglas Fir or a Noble Fir for your tree, these are perfectly suited to hang on it and add some texture.
These lovelies here, well, they are spruce cones.
I thought they would make a nice garland. I used baker’s twine to give them some festive color. They hang very nicely. I love the baker’s twine. I bought a bunch of colors to play with.
I will take some more pictures soon (waiting for better natural light) and show off some of the little vignettes that I have come up with. I am off to do more Christmas decorating. Stay tuned for a mini Holiday home tour.