Winter decoration directly from the woods

Garden Life
As Christmas draws ever closer, thoughts turn towards how to decorate the house this year. Cones are a classic decoration idea with many variations such as spruce, pine or larch. Let’s see what can be done with this natural ornament.
Many cones are called fir cones but they often originate from other trees. Fir cones stand upright on branches and when ripened, they disintegrate and fall to the ground as single flakes with their seeds. If you find complete cones, they may have fallen from spruce, pine or larch trees. These are ideal for decorating.

Cones fall throughout the year, meaning that during any walk through a forest or wood, you can collect and store them for next Christmas. They can be hung, placed or glued to other objects but also work especially well as a table decoration or window ornament. They also can be used as name plates for a festive dinner or as small Christmas trees on your window sill. You can be creative when decorating cones, for example, snow spraying them or gluing pearls for extra sparkle are some suggestions.

The basic equipment needed to decorate cones usually consists of a glue gun, wire and ribbon. However this is dependent on the design you are looking for, so you can be creative using your own material ideas!
Stylish window decoration
Take a piece of wire and pierce the cones. When the wire is full of cones, connect the ends and bend the wire into the shape wanted, for example a heart or a star. Put a beautiful ribbon at the top so that it can be hung in the window. Optionally, you can put some pearls on it with the help of the glue gun.

Cosy table decoration
Take a wide ribbon which overhangs both ends of your table by approximately 20 centimetres. Make a loop at each side and attach one cone to each side with the help of a glue gun. If you use two ribbons you can hang the cones in different positions to make use of more cones. Used with a white tablecloth, this decoration will create a wintery, cosy and festive feeling.