Pinecones or Pine Cones?
Which is it pinecones or pine cones? This is the first question I have running around my mind this morning. I decided I needed to know the answer to this before I went any further into this post.
The answer according to Webster is pine cone, and there you have it, my friends.
Now that we have that buttoned up like a winter coat, I will be using “pinecones” just because I can.
Nature’s Rustic Decor Gift
What’s not to love about this rustic gift from nature that falls from the trees waiting to be picked up? They are extremely versatile. You can paint them, glitter them, or leave them as is. The possibilities are endless.
When my circle of DIY friends said “hey, let’s make something with pinecones,” I was like yay! Shortly after I committed to this I realized there are no pine trees in my immediate area.
It seemed silly to buy them from the store and just when I thought all pinecone hope was lost, a package arrived all the way from my sweet friend Hey There Delyla in North Carolina. Guess what was in it?
PINECONES! I can honestly say this is something I never thought I would receive in the mail.
All I had to do was decide how to use them. 100 ideas later, I decided on a simple DIY sign.
My inspiration came from this sign by Ana White. She used a wreath for the O in Joy, and I decided pinecones could be fashioned into the letter O.
I must tell you before we go any; further, I am a first-time sign maker so be gentle with your comments.
If you need expert sign making tips, I highly recommend reading this post from Kim of Farmhouse Made. Pure brilliance!
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Here’s what I used
One cedar board measuring 8″w X 24.”
I used this tutorial from Miss Mustard Seed to guide me through my sign making process.
The cedar board I chose was just a scrap I had out in the garage. Before painting, I sanded the entire board down smooth.
I had to scale down the size of my letter stencils before tracing around them with chalk. I love using the chalk because if you make a mistake while tracing you can just wipe it off and go again.
After applying two coats of Boxwood green, I used two coats of white acrylic craft paint on the J and Y then sanded the whole sign using an 80 grit sanding sponge to give it a rustic look. Sanding the letters also took care of the imperfection in my paint job.
There were plenty to hide.
The only task that remained was to hot glue the pinecones down. This was the scariest part of the whole project.
With the pinecones secured I applied a coat of antiquing wax to seal and tone down the white paint.
It seemed like it needed a little touch of red, so I added a small red bow.
I am pleased to announce the pinecones did not fall off when I held the sign up.
I’m diggin’ the rusticity of the whole thing.
I am now ready to make signs out of all the scrap wood pieces I have in my studio!
Since this is our first Christmas together, I need to know, have you decked your halls yet?
Do you prefer pinecones to pine cones?
I need to know all the answers and to see more pinecone greatness just scroll down to the bottom of my post.
We will chat soon.
Your sister in paint,
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