December 5, 2012 by Kriscinda Lee Everitt
We have this little tree we put up for Xmas—it was big enough for our apartment, and, for the moment, it’ll work for the house as well. There had been tree-fixin’s in the barn, but upon examination, it was (really) incomplete. So, out comes the little, pre-lit tree. We already had some little colored glass bulbs to put on it, and varied ornaments picked up on vacations and travels here and there, but I still wanted to spruce it up a bit (pardon).
In October, on a whim, I collected a bunch of pine cones and empty Magnolia seed pods from the yard with some vague idea that I would turn them into ornaments. Nothing fancy, just a little something to keep a nice outdoorsy, natural look to our little electric tree. I just needed some ribbon. Lucky for us, there was a small pillowcase full in the barn.
I have no idea how old this ribbon—or, bias tape, to be specific—is, but it came with a 1930s Pete Pig “spool Pet” (more here). Also, Wright’s Fine Percale urged sewers to “encourage creative sewing ability in Miss America.” Oh, how far we’ve come. *sigh*
Anyway, after spraying the cones and pods with a clear satin finish spray to seal that pesky sticky pine sap (and anything else that might be hanging around on them) I gathered my materials—pine cones, empty Magnolia seed pods, red and green bias tape in lieu of ribbon, scissors, and my trusty hot glue gun. A couple of hours later, we had stuff to put on the tree.
I didn’t spend a penny on these and they really don’t look too shabby. Cones and pods out of the yard, found the ribbon in the barn, and the hot glue I already had. Huzzah!