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Thursday, November 13, 2008

How to Make Pine Cone Votives

If you could look out at my yard right now, you would see it's covered in pine cone scales. For some reason the tree will not give me a single pine cone, only the scales. Which to say the least, is very disappointing. What do you do with a bunch of pine cone scales? So after a little thought, I came up with this simple project. Directions below.

Pine Cone Scales
Hot Glue
Glass votive

Cut out a circle from any kind of heavy cardboard. This will be your base. Make sure the circle is big enough to fit the glass votive plus the pine cone scales that will lay around it.

Place the votive in the center of the cardboard and trace the bottom of it. This will be your guideline for how far in you can glue the pine cone scales.

Hot glue pine cone scales onto the cardboard(refer to picture).
Glue a second layer, alternating the scales with the first layer. Continue this process until the votive is at the desired height.

Place the glass votive back in and add a candle.
Always use caution while using candles. Never leave a candle in an unattended room.


nobu said...

Nice idea.
It's facinating!!

Unknown said...

very nice..you come up with so many ideas..sadly I dont even have a pine tree, dont think they can grow here..have a great weekend :D

Bel said...

That's awesome!

Metropolitan Housewife said...


Diane Gilleland said...

Beautiful and ingenious! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

Mom2fur said...

That is really amazing, and very unique!

Ayie said...

You're really artistic!

Threeundertwo said...

This is beautiful! Great idea.

SkiptomyLou said...

You are on a roll -----fabulous crafts!

Anonymous said...

Oooh! Very beautiful! I'll have to try this, we have a pine tree on the side of the house and the yard is covered in needles and cones. Thank you for sharing!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

What an easy yet pretty creation that even the craft-averse like me can do. Thanks! :)

Rachael Hutchings said...

So cute and so resourceful! These would make such great table settings for Thanksgiving. I'll have to go raid my parents front yard for pine cones so that I can make us some.

Chubby Chieque said...

This is as cool as ever. An easy one craft that anyone can do w/out struggling.

Job well done.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful and great idea!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! I can't wait to make some!

Ginger said...

Great tutorial as always! Hope you have a great thanksgivings.
hugs ginger

Anonymous said...

Wow, that really looks beautiful. I wish I had some pinecone scales handy! Next time I visit Oregon, I'm going to grab me some... thanks so much for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Un simple y luminoso proyecto, donde podrás crear con unas pocas piñas. El resultado es que te quedarán unas hermosas luminarias y muy originales por cierto. Una idea maravillosa y muy sencilla de realizar!
Recorta un círculo de cualquier tipo de cartón pesado, ésta será su base. Asegúrate de que el círculo es lo suficientemente grande para encajar el vaso de vidrio con la vela, más la piña, que estará en torno a ella.
Coloca el vaso en el centro del círculo de cartón y la parte inferior de la misma. Ésta será tu guía para la forma de la medida. Pégalo con pegamento.
Luego ve alternando y pegando, hasta que quede a la altura deseada. Ahora coloca el vaso de vidrio con la vela. Y Voila

Cia said...

Wish I could send you some of my pine cones in appreciation for this adorable idea. You can be sure I'll be making one and including a link to you on my thrift blog. Thanks!

LiLa said...

really nice..

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Em said...

Such a cute idea! Do you know what type of tree your pinecones are from, though? I've come across similar cones, but for the life of me can't identify them.

Helen @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog said...

This is beautiful!

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Jamie B said...

This candle holder is super cute! I love it. I hope it's okay, I've just finished a pine cone crafts and decor round-up and just couldn't help but feature your pretty pine cone candle holder. You can see it here:


Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial for this!

MammaGabry said...

Very nice idea and simply to makes!!!
Thanks!!! Gabriella

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