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How to Make Scented Pine Cones

1. Collect the cones and clean them of all debris, insects, and sap. If you need to wet them thoroughly, to dry them, place the cones on a foil lined baking sheet and bake at 200F for an hour. Allow them to cool before beginning.

Or simply buy packaged cones from a crafts store 🙂

2. Mix equal parts glue and water in a small bowl.

3. In a plastic bag large enough to contain the pine cone, put cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, and ground cloves. Mix according to your desire. The amount you use will depend on the size of the cone. Go for a light covering of spices rather than a full coating.

4. Quickly paint the flatter surfaces of the pine cone with the glue mixture.

5. Put the pine cone into the plastic bag and shake. Be sure that the mixture touches every part of the cone.

6. Leave the pine cone in the bag to dry overnight. Tap off excess spices as you remove each cone.

7. You’re done! Place the cones around your home for subtle fragrances. Or toss them in the fireplace to burn as the fire brings out the aroma.

I’d best get some ideas!

Simple Dressing Table Ideas

  • a small table or desk     rounded edges are very feminine
  • optional: a pretty table-cloth, fabric, or lace     useful for hidden storage
  • a stool, a short bench, an ottoman, a stack of pillows or cushions     or simply a chair 😉
  • place in a corner, nook, or cozy alcove     a nearby outlet can be very useful
  • a small lamp     or a window for natural lighting
  • mirror(s)
  • boxes, vases, dainty containers
  • decorative wall hooks great for hanging jewelry, accessories, or other pretty things

No kiddie tree and adult tree for us. There is but one tree in our house.

This means that the children’s ornaments go on the tree with the grown up decorations. Therefore, no popsicle stick, q-tip or cotton ball, pipe cleaner type ornaments make it. That stuff is only cute to a child’s mother on the day the child makes it!

Our rule is that creations such as these go on display in the family room for as long as the Christmas tree stands. After that, they go into the School Year Box. This wonderful box holds each child’s artwork, projects, etc. for the school year. We label each gem and pack them neatly away where we can revisit them whenever we like 🙂

Drip Ornaments

adapted from


glass ball ornaments (cheap is fine)

acrylic craft paint

paint palette with wells or dishes to hold paint



ribbon for hangers

clear glaze spray suitable for glass

snow spray suitable for glass


Adult – Remove the hanger top from each ornament and set aside.

Adult – Place some paint in a dish or a palette. Add water so that the paint will drip down the ornament.

Adult – Either place the ornament upside on something stable (your thumb will do) or just hold it upside down while the child paints.

Child – Dip paintbrush into the watered down paint, picking up a generous amount. Place a dollop of paint on the very bottom (which is now the very top because it is upside down) of the ornament.  Turning the ornament, continue around alternating colors as you go.

Adult – After the child finishes, place the ornament aside and allow it to dry completely.

Adult – Once the ornaments are dry, replace the hanger tops and tie ribbon in place. Hang the ornaments and, in a well-ventilated area, spray with the clear glaze spray. Allow them dry to completely. For a snowy look, add spray snow before the clear glaze and allow to dry.


These candle arrangements are so easy to make.  Use silk flowers rather than fresh and it’s that much easier and reusable for next year.

Placed randomly throughout the house, they are little reminders of the holiday season.

The candles look especially nice when lit in the evening!

I have to start with the small decorations and ramp up to the larger ones because, honestly, I just can’t stand having a tree up for any more than 2 weeks. It’s a process and it warms me up to the whole messy tree thing 🙂

The front door is easy as I’m partial to a nice simple bow. I save wreaths for the inside of the house.

Remember scale. A single bow floating on a large bare space looks isolated and sad. Select a large or ornate bow (#2) or add strips of ribbon to simulate a gift (#1 and #3) to pull the look together.

I’m officially on the hunt for this year’s table setting and decorations.

Loving these ideas so far!



(click pics for How-To info)

Happy Halloween!