What does almost every yard have that all tables need? Pinecones! In our part of the country, we're lousy with pinecones. If you don't happen to have a yard full of 'em (and we don't suggest stealing them from your neighbors), you can buy some at craft stores.
No matter how you get them, it's worth rounding up a bunch and using them for one — or all — of these cute crafts.
Get backyard finds ready for crafting: How To Bleach and Scent Pinecones for Holiday Decoration
1. Votive Candleholders
Turn pinecones into votives for tiny tea lights. Simply pop off the top of the pinecones (at least halfway down, twist and cut with sharp scissors or a serrated knife) and then drip a little melted wax on top of the pinecone and use it as glue to attach the tea light.
As the candle melts, it will run down the side of the pinecone, adding to the cozy, festive fall look.
Safety note: If your votive doesn't sit flat, pull off the necessary scales until it does. Also, never burn a candle unattended. Safety first!
2. Place Card Holders
Set one perfect little (clean) pinecone on the center of a plate and nestle the name card on top. It's sweet and simple — the way things should be this time of year.
3. Decorative Garland
Wrap twine or light-colored string around pinecones to make a folksy seasonal garland. You don't even have to tie the string (because the scales are basically built-in hooks), so you just have to focus on the spacing in between (the more even, the better).
Then, drape your garland over a door, on the mantle, or on a Christmas tree next month.
Do you have other pretty ways to bring pinecones indoors during the holiday season? We'd love to hear about them!