Talk about your recycled project!
The pine cones were free for the taking at the golf course, the candle wick I had in a box of candle making stuff , and the wax was recycled from the paraffin wax bath that Hubs uses for his arthritic hands. It was time to change the wax for the season, but instead of throwing it away, I dipped cones. It worked perfectly. I found the idea for fire starters here. It really is fairly easy to do except that the pine cones have very sharp bracts that you must watch for as you thread the wick around the inside of the cone. I added a sprinkling of clear glitter to some of the cones just as they came out of the wax dip. Won't a basket of pine cones wrapped in cellophane be a pretty gift?
I had to experiment with the dipped cones to see if they would light easily and burn.
Yes, they did!
I received my Cath Kidston "Dec the Halls" catalog today and guess what? It had USA prices and a Cath Kidston USA website to order from! Talk about thrilling! The CK fabrics are still WAY overpriced for my budget, but it's fun to think I can actually shop this catalog and get a chunk of that fabric without doubling the price of British pounds to US dollars. No international shipping either! Woo Hoo!
Don't you just love Cath Kidston's vintage Christmas look? The paper, the bows, the tags? Be sure to check out the holiday wrap and spot ribbon on the drum!
How about making a magnetic paper doll set?
Stop by and see the Betsy McCall Paper Dolls for inspiration.
Take the kids or the grands along with you and don't forget your scissors.
Look at these cute mittens made with a recycled wool sweater. Just launder a thrifted, wool sweater, dry on high heat, and shrink it down so it is felted. Then cut and sew!
Full instructions are by Waxwing over at Craftser.