Hang Suzonne Stirling’s felted beauties from a tree or shelf, or gather them in pretty bowls
You will need:
• The materials inside your felt pinecones decorations free gift from Mollie Makes 71 (for UK readers who bought their copy from Waitrose only)
How to make felt pinecones decorations
Push out the pre-cut pieces from two felt colours and keep the negatives if you wnat to make more. Using your needle, make a hole in the centre of each petal. Slide the set of small/ medium petals over the skewer, one of each colour.
Gather the seven squares of felt and make a hole in the centre of each to use as spacers. Assemble in this order: one set of small/ medium petals, square spacer, one set of medium/ large petals, square spacer, one set of large petals, square spacer, one set of medium/ large petals, square spacer, one set of medium / large petals, square spacer, one set of small/ medium petals, square spacer, one set of small petals, square spacer, one set of small petals, no spacer, then one set of half petals.
Alternate the position of the petals so they resemble a natural pinecone.
Trim the skewer, then glue the half petals into a cluster and set aside for a minute to let the glue start drying. Cut the tip off the petal cluster to create a flat bottom and open it a little before the glue sets.
Wrap the petal cluster around the exposed tip of the wooden skewer and pinch it to secure.
Apply glue all around the base of the petal cluster and bring the last D petal upwards, pinching it until the glue sets, for a natural look.
To make a stem, take the small circle of felt and make a hole in the centre. Cut a narrow strip of felt, apply glue along the centre and twist, until glue dries. Insert the twisted felt through the hole in the circle. Glue the tail of the strip on the inside of the circle. Trim the excess skewer, flush with the first set of petals. Glue the stem to the bottom of the pinecone petals.
Trim if desired.
To make more pinecones, cut pieces of greaseproof paper slightly smaller than your felt. With waxy side facing down, iron the paper onto the felt at medium heat. Trace around the negative shapes onto the paper side of the felt. For each felt colour you’ll need: two small/medium petals, three medium/ large petals, one large petal, two small petals, one half petal. cut out and peel off the paper. Cut square spacers and circles.
Take one of the small circles of felt and make a hole in the centre using a needle. Knot a loop of metallic thread and insert the knotted edge through the hole, gluing the tails of the thread to the inside of the circle. Glue onto the bottom of the pinecone.
To add some sparkle, make a hole in the centre of the petals and string them onto your skewers. Apply a line of glue along the petal tips, spoon on glitter and shake off.
About Suzonne Stirling
Suzonne is a freelance designer and crafter for multiple publications. She’s based in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she shares her home with her husband, son and assorted pets.
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