Tuesday, October 18, 2011

D.I.Y. Pine Cone Place Card Holder Tutorial.

If you have access to a lot of wee little pinecones either in your yard or a nearby park or wooded area, then this tutorial is just for you! These sweet little place card holders are a perfect accent to your holiday table, either to mark seats or to identify all that fancy food you are serving. I actually only made one, and I plan to stick scraps of paper with bible verses or inspirational words into it and keep it near my desk.


small or mini pine cones
jar lid (I used a Smuckers jam lid)
hot glue gun
metallic spray paint

Begin by gluing the pine cones into the lid. Start on the outside and work your way in, filling the lid. I found it easier to put the glue on the lid and then stick the pine cone in. Endeavor to keep them as upright as possible.

Go out of doors, and spray paint your card holder. Spray the bottom first, allow it to dry according to the directions on the can, and then spray the top. It's a good idea to apply two coats of paint. I didn't prime mine, but if you want it to be extra durable, or you plan to keep it in storage after the holidays, you may want to prime it first.

Once dry gently work your card between the tops of the pine cones. It's okay if it doesn't fit down very far, it should still hold the card.

I found this fun little guy sitting next to me in the yard while I was painting the card holder. So of course I had to paint him too!



Unknown said...

such a great idea friend! I'm hoping that since there are a ton of trees at our new place that there'll be lots of pine cones for me to 'borrow'! :)

Tracey Lynne said...

These are lovely! As is the rest of your fab Blog!