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DIY Dollar Tree Color Changing Cone Tree.

I might have a left a couple of trees out of the Christmas Tree Tour. But only because they’re not all decked out with glitz and glitter. And ribbons and bows.

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I also left out the cute little cone trees.

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An illuminated cone from Dollar Tree.

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Gold beads, also from Dollar Tree.

A little hot glue and a couple of burnt fingertips later, and voila!

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Hint: I quickly learned to overlap the beads as much as possible – placing the next row of beads in the gaps between the previous row. 

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Now, to show what they look like lit up. 

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Sophie had to get in on the action, of course.

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2015 Christmas Tree Tour

Last year, I shared something disturbing with you. Very disturbing. 

I have an obsession with Christmas trees. 

See the evidence here

Obsession might be a little modest, really. . . I mean, nearly every single room has a tree of some sort in it. That just ain’t normal. 

But I digress. 

Since my secret is out in the open, why not make it a yearly thing. I share my trees with you, and you marvel at my descent in to madness. So, let’s get started. . .  From small to large. And everything in between. 

The Tiny Tree. 

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The London Tree. 

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The Kitchen Tree

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The Girls’ Tree.

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The Black and White Tree. 

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The Woodland Tree. . . . with a DIY toilet paper tree topper. 

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20151211_164337Which I think turned out really cute 🙂

The Retro Tree (and my favorite, but probably because it’s in my bedroom). 

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And the Big Daddy: 8 feet of Christmas cheer, keepsake ornaments, and deco mesh. Lots of deco mesh. IMG_6109

 

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Multiple Christmas Tree Disorder

That’s right. I’m just going to go on ahead and put this out there:

I suffer from. . . .  

Multiple Christmas Tree Disorder

Multiple Christmas Tree Disorder.

You read that right. I’m so embarrassed :/ It’s just not normal!

It started out innocently enough when I was a teen and decided that I wanted my own tree in my own bedroom. A little 48 inch tree from the dollar store with an angel on top, but I loved it. 

Then, I started decorating a couple of family members’ trees every year. . . . Which was fun, but it just made it worse.

Fast forward 15-ish years and the madness has descended upon us. . . . A tree in nearly every room. And the sad thing?

That’s not all of them. These are only the ones that I put out this year.  Oh, it is true madness worthy of entry into any psych manual.

Decide for yourself. . . .

There’s the Little Bathroom Tree:

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 The Flower Tree:

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 The Kitchen Tree:

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 The Hot Mama Tree, which is a black with pink, gold, and leopard print ornaments. . . . truly Hot Mama-ish:

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One guess whose bedroom it’s in. . . . My grandmother’s, and surprisingly she loves her tree.

The Turquoise Tree:

IMG_2858The Dogs’ Tree:

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Which is also the tree in my bedroom. But the dogs love it. Oldest weimaraner Hunter lays on the bed and gazes at it. And Sophie? Well, she sneaks at least one ornament off of it every single night and sleeps with it. I kid you not. So far, none have been chewed up, broken, or met their demise in any other way. 

And the Great Room Tree:

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But it’s my favorite. Mostly because of just that reason – it’s packed to the brim with all of the keepsake ornaments.

Some were bought because they had special meaning that year:

IMG_2667Like the year that I wrote a high seas novel. . . . and quit just a few chapters short of the ending. 

Some are from many years ago:

IMG_2677It’s probably at least 30 years old and Santa’s car is missing two wheels, but it’s one of my favorites and I always try to find the perfect spot for it.

Some were picked out by my little cousins as their special ornaments for that year:

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 That’s my Christmas trees. . . . . For this year. 

There are always those after Christmas sales to look forward to, and who knows what will be added to the collection for next year. Oh, the horror.

Tune in next year for the continuing story. 

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DIY Glitter Pine Cones

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Yesterday, I posted about making scented pine cones. So, today it’s time to get all sparkly and make glitter pine cones. 

I love these things, but I’m part magpie that way. Or maybe I’ve just watched too many episodes of Gypsy Sisters and have developed an appreciation for all things glittery and blinged out. 

No matter, these colorful babies are everywhere.

They’re in bowls. . . .

DIY Glitter Pine Cones

 

On plates. . . . 

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And in my bedroom.

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Supplies Needed:

Pine Cones

Glitter (in your preferred colors)

Spray Adhesive (such as Elmer’s Spray Adhesive)

Aluminum Foil (or Wax Paper)

Disposable Gloves

Ziploc Bags

First, gather together as many pine cones as you want. You can get them from craft stores, Walmart, Big Lots, dollar stores, or if you’re like and love anything free, from the yard. 

Which is exactly what I set out to do a few days ago, and after just a couple of minutes walking around our yard, I ended up with an armload plus some of project material. Which was great until I noticed a buzzing against my arm. Completely thinking that it had to be some gigantic stinging insect attached to said project material, I was on the verge of dumping every last carefully gathered pine cone when it dawned on me.

Not a bee. Not a wasp. Nor any other type of bug.

Nope. It was my Fitbit. One of those pesky little pine cones must’ve been bumping it as I walked.

Yeah, what can I say? It was a ditzy moment. But back to our glittery project. . . . 

If you picked your pine cones up outside, it’s a good idea to sanitize them by baking on a foil lined cookie sheet in a 200F degree preheated over for at least 30 minutes.

IMG_2779 Once, they’re cooled, take them outside cause this is the messy part and there will be glitter and glue everywhere. 

I placed mine on a piece of aluminum foil to protect the table I was working on, but you can use anything you have on hand. . . old newspaper, wax paper, cardboard, etc. 

Wearing gloves (because seriously, you’ll have glue and glitter all over your hands if you don’t), spray the pine cones one at a time with the adhesive. 

Then, place in a ziploc with the glitter of your choice. . . . 

I chose three different colors: gold, turquoise, and white.

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Once in the sealed ziploc bag, shake it. Shake it like a polaroid picture!

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Once each pine cone is sufficiently glitterized to your tastes, let them air dry on the aluminum foil and voila!

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DIY Scented Pine Cones

I don’t know about you, but there is one thing about this time of year that I love.

One thing that, as the second I walk into a store and smell them, I can’t help but smile cause I know Christmas is on its merry way. . . . Cinnamon pine cones. 

I’m a serious lover of all things cinnamon, especially these bad boys. In fact, come for a visit and you’ll likely find some tucked into a basket all year long, not just during the holidays. 

But let’s face it, it seems like every year the price goes up. And for something I can gather up in the yard. 

Which brings us to this post, DIY-ing scented pine cones. 

DIY Scented Pine Cones

The best part of this, other than the fact that it’s a lot cheaper, is that if you’re not like me and aren’t too crazy about cinnamon-y scents then you can customize them with any fragrance of your choice. You could have lavender pine cones. Or peppermint. Or how about Elf Sweat?

Supplies Needed:

Pine cones

Essential or Fragrance Oil (just a few drops)

Plastic Bags

Oven

Cookie Sheet

Aluminum Foil

Once, you’ve gathered up all the pine cones you want, it’s a good idea to sanitize them to get rid of any creepy crawlies that might be present. 

Simply place on a foil lined cookie sheet and bake in a 200F degree preheated oven for at least 30 minutes or until they’re fully opened. During this time, keep a close eye on the baking pine cones in case of smoke or fire.

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Luckily, neither of those have ever happened with mine.

Next comes the fun part. After the pine cones have cooled down, place in a plastic bag, add a few drops of the essential oil or fragrance of your choice, seal the bag, and shake to disperse the oil evenly.

Because of my soap making obsession, I have bookoodles of fragrances and essential oils to pick from. One of our most popular fragrances in soaps is Apple Jack Peel (you can purchase AJP from the same supplier I use, here), which is described as an apple scent with notes of cinnamon and cloves. I had just a little bit left in the bottle after making the last batch of Apple Jack Peel soap (currently listed in our Etsy shop), so I used that. 

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Just to be safe (and cause pine cones can be pretty prickly), I double bagged mine. 

Allow the pine cones to remain in the sealed bag for at least 48 hours or longer. Even up to a couple of weeks if you have the patience to wait that long. . . . I didn’t. 

Put them in a pretty basket or bowl and enjoy their wonderful scent!

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Some of mine are in the cute rooster basket I found at a thrift store a while back. 

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