Today, our autumn stocks of pine cones, acorns, walnuts, beech and ambergris fruits went into action. The girls and I treated the pine cones with glitter, the nuts and acorns we painted gold, and the ambergris and beech berries I treated with gold spray. This is how we created natural Christmas tree decorations.
I learned about the existence of ambergris quite recently, when I saw unusual spiky fruits in front of the office. At first I thought it was a variety of plane tree, but Google said it was American ambergris. As a test, I made 2 balls gold and hang them on the Christmas tree. A few more are waiting for future projects.
Polska wersja: Naturalne ozdoby na choinkę z szyszek, orzechów i żołędzi
For natural Christmas tree decorations you will need
- Pine cones, acorns, walnuts, beech and ambergris fruits
- Gold acrylic paint and a brush – gold spray paint may be optional, however, walnuts are easier to paint with acrylic paint than to cover them thoroughly with paint spray.
- Hot glue
Golden walnuts and acorns
Golden acrylic paint covers walnuts very nicely. Just one layer is enough and the nuts look great. However, acorns even after 2 layers look average and you can see streaks, maybe it’s worth painting 3 layers. We stopped at two. In addition, I painted some of the hats white, but I definitely prefer natural hats.
The pendants are made of jute twine, I glued the string to the nuts with hot glue.
Glitter pine cones
First, my daughter and I applied glue to each cone scale, and then sprinkled glitter. It is worth having two bowls and sprinkling the pine cone with the glitter that will fall, because the first time it is difficult to cover the pine cone thoroughly.
Beech and ambergris fruits
I treated ambergris and beech trees with gold spray and hung them on the Christmas tree. They are a bit lost in the depths of the other decorations, so they will probably find their place in other Christmas projects 🙂
Natural Christmas tree decorations made of cones, nuts and acorns
Check out our ideas
If you are looking for more DIY Christmas ideas, you can find them in the Christmas section.
Ideas for Christmas cards you will find here.
Ideas for Christmas tree ornaments are here.
All other DIY ideas for Christmas, including potato stamps or gift tags are available here.
If you are looking for more inspiration for playing with children, check our section DIY with kids.
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Nothing gives more satisfaction than doing something yourself. I haven’t even thought about DIY as my hobby, I’ve just done different “projects” when it was needed. Sometimes it’s a disguise for the Masquerade Party in kindergarten. Another time, cutting out the pumpkin and baking the witch’s fingers for Haloween. Or simply organizing holiday souvenirs. Now I decided to share my realizations with you. Let’s go it together!