This post is sponsored by Elmer’s.

Does your house ever get lonely when you take the Christmas tree down?

Can you hear an audible sigh when the mistletoe and holly and wreaths and reindeer are put away?

Mine, too.

That’s why I try to winteristmas decorate.

You know.  When you add a little winter into your Christmas decorating so when all the merry and bright goes away…

….the house still has a few friends.

Some times I find inspiration for projects in the most random of places.

Like a few pine cones that fell out of the tree onto the vintage tool box below.

Don’t they look like a project just waiting to happen?

I made them into a snowflake.

A pine cone snowflake on a vintage gray barn door.

And all it took was about an hour and a little imagination.

Want to make your own?  Here’s the easy DIY and instructions.

You’ll need a surface and about four dozen of these mini pine cones.

If you don’t have a barn door you could use plywood or reclaimed wood or barn wood.

If you don’t have pine cones under your tree you can find them at your local craft store.

Using a ruler, trace a straight vertical pencil line on the wood.

Then trace a horizontal line.

Then trace an X.

You’ll use the pencil lines as a guide to glue the pine cones down.

Then using a hot glue gun (I used Elmer’s Craft Bond), glue down the pine cones to the wood.

Start at the center with the first pine cone.

Then, glue the pine cones along your pencil line.  At the end of each of the pine cone lines, I glued two pine cones on the edge and one on top to create an extra flake.

That’s it!

You’re done.

You can add your snowflake to a hutch or bookcase or sideboard or display it anywhere.

You want to be ready.

Winteristmas is just around the corner. 🙂

PS  Don’t you love those leaves?  They are velvet with glitter. I just found them on clearance. Happy winteristmas to me. 🙂

disclaimer:  This post was sponsored by Elmer’s.

All opinions on pine cones and projects and decorating are my own.

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Comments

  1. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Love the pinecone snowflake. Easy too. I like that! ;-) Yes, my house feels very blah when Christmas comes down. I usually will decorate with snowmen and snow looking decor and lots of candles for shine. Never could figure out why we take all the shiny away during Winter's bleakest months. So here's to Winteristmas! PS love those leaves! Hugs, Cecilia

  2. Image for Loryl Loryl

    I agree it gets so dull and dark after the holidays. That's why the past 2 years I've done a more winter scheme on my mantel with twinkle lights so I can leave it up the whole month of January. It's deer and trees and a large picture of our favorite park in winter printed on canvas in a sepia tone. The lights are on a timer and I love that they come on just as the sun is setting! That snowflake is so cute. I might even have time to make one before Christmas!

  3. Image for Carrie Carrie

    Cute, sweet and fun, creative and easy....plus a great craft the kids can do on any rainy, cold, snowy days (stuck indoor kind of days)...on their Christmas Break from school!

  4. Image for Michelle Michelle

    The pinecone snow flake is adorable and I bet it really looks smashing on the side of your barn, and will all winter. You gave me an idea of what to do with that blank wall on my apartment patio! And as for extending Christmas, you might already happen to know there are some pretty level-headed people in this world who celebrate Christmas (tree and all!) all year round. I'll never forget one particularly busy year for me, in which I would have little or no time after New Years to take down the tree and decorations. So, the day after Christmas, while Ben was in town running errands, I took everything down. The look on this 6'4" grown man's face when he saw there were no more signs of Christmas in the house...anywhere...broke my heart. And I never did that again.

  5. Image for Ellen Ellen

    Pine cone snowflakes- perfect!! Love to have something else to decorate with until changing to Valentine's themes. I usually use snowmen, etc., but this is an adorable addition. I really like to add nature's gifts to my decorating. Thank-you for this easy craft, even I can master this one! P.S. I love the leaves, clearance shopping is so much fun!

  6. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    What a clever idea! Yes! Our house is sad when there are no twinkling lights brightening the rooms - that's why I have to confess that I keep lights on my silk corn plant all year long. I may just keep the twinkling lights in several other places. I could make a pine snowflake and surround it with lights. I get carried away when I go to JoAnns or Hobby Lobby and I see white lights. I can't control my impulse to buy :-( I figure I'll find some use for them. Have a great day!!

  7. Image for Lynn Spencer Lynn Spencer

    Brilliant KariAnne! I do know that feeling of 'now what' after all the hub bub around Christmas and have kept some seasonal decorations out to keep the house company until Spring. I do love your pine cone snowflake! Great idea. Hugs, Lynn

  8. Image for Jeanne Jeanne

    I do love those velvet leaves....and yes, a pine cone snowflake is perfect to fill that empty hole that Christmas leaves behind....I like to leave some of the little white lights too. :)

  9. Image for Pinky Pinky

    Fabulous idea! I have 3 wreaths in my breakfast room windows so for winter, I could do this! Love it!!! Wishing you the very merriest of Christmases!!!

  10. Image for patricia patricia

    Let's create a holiday after the holiday ... how about winterfest? After I take down the tree I usually leave the swags and lights up until Valentine's day...

  11. Image for maureen maureen

    Yay! I got to read your post! Love the pinecone wreath idea. I have no idea how you think these things up but wow! Love it!

  12. Image for Tonita Tonita

    What an adorable idea. Dainty yet rustic and perfect farmhouse decor. I decorated my TINY farmhouse in snowflakes this year. Did a blog search for "snowflakes" and found your lovely blog.

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  14. Image for Sheryl Sheryl

    I do the same thing. I use snowmen, snowflakes, pine cones and New years vintage postcards and noisemakers out until I decorate for Valentine's day. Otherwise it is just too naked and gloomy in the house.

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