Here is a craft inspired by Samantha. Make some scented pinecones for a holiday centerpiece.
What You Need
*Pinecones for Decorating*
*Wax paper and newspaper
*Glue (white or tacky works well)
*Foam paint brush
*Disposable cup or paper plate
*If you want to use pinecones from your yard, first use a plastic bag or disposable glove to pick them up and another plastic bag to put them in (they're wicked sticky!). Next, have your parent help you bake the pinecones on a foil-lined cookie sheet at 200 degrees F for 20-30 minutes (here is a website for more information on How to Prepare and Preserve Pinecones).
Step 1: Lay out some newspaper to cover your work surface. Then lay a sheet of wax paper on top. Next lay out your prepared pinecones on the wax paper. You'll want enough room so that the pinecones can dry without touching each other.
Step 2: In a gallon sized plastic zip bag, pour in 1/4 cup ground cinnamon, 1/8th cup ground cloves and 1/8th cup ground nutmeg. Seal the bag and shake it to mix the spices.
Step 3: Pour a little glue into the cup or plate. Using the foam paint brush, coat each scale on the pinecone with a little glue (be gentle as the pinceones are fragile).
Step 4: Open the bag and place the pinecone into the bag of spices. Seal the bag (or fold it over a few times), hold securely and shake the bag to coat the pinecone in the spices. Open the bag, pick up the pinecone and shake the excess spices into the bag. Place on the wax paper to dry. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all of the pinecones have been coated.
Step 5: Let the pinecones dry for about two hours. Then place all of the pinecones back into the plastic bag with the spices and seal. Keep the pinecones sealed in the bag for a few days. After that, shake them off again and take them out of the bag. Place them in a pretty bowl for a festive centerpiece (be sure to keep them away from pets).
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