Here’s my recipe for the quickest holiday decoration ever, in three easy steps:
- Take your best, shapeliest pinecone and slap some gold paint on the ends of the petals
- Take the little bits of the bead curtain that you’ve been saving for just such an occasion
- Grab your glue gun and glue the little plastic jewels to the ends of the pinecone petals
It’s literally a 7-minute project, but as Carl Sagan said, “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.” No doubt, dear reader, this 7-minute recipe assumes certain things, which in turn tell you a lot about – well, we’ll get to that.
Assumption #1: That you pick up pinecones when you’re in the woods, regardless of how much sap attaches to them, that you then pour boiling water over them (over and over and over) to dissolve the sap while your sisters laugh and roll their eyes, that you then dry them, and save them for just such a rainy day (figuratively speaking) because you just KNOW you will be able to make something cool with them, even if at the moment you can’t figure out what that might be.
Assumption #2: That you have saved, and can remember and find, the little bits of the bead curtain that you trimmed off when you installed it lo these 10 years ago (or, alternatively, and more realistically, if also somewhat terrifying, that you have a spot where you save such things, so that when you’re looking for project ingredients, you go there, and are pleasantly surprised when you find them).
Assumption #3: That you have silver and gold paint and a glue gun, and, most importantly, have no problem envisioning a pinecone as a Christmas tree, AND think that that’s a totally cool idea.
If these are not true of you, more power to you – I’m sure your garage is much cleaner than mine. If they are true of you, you’re someone who likes to make stuff. And if you’re someone who likes to make stuff, acorns look like teacups, pinecones like Christmas trees, and the world like a magical place.