'Tis the seasons to be creative!
Whether it's the holidays or just plain old fall...
September to December can be dubbed "prime decorating season."
Halloween. Thanksgiving. Christmas.
Nobody can forget the big kahunas.
But there's also Día de los Muertos, Diwali, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa to name a few others that land around this time.
And we've got some awesome but simple ideas to brighten up your holiday home décor.
Ombre pinecones are a fun place to start.
First things first, go outside and find some pinecones.
Afterwards, use an old toothbrush to dust off any dirt or bugs.
Now gather the following supplies: acrylic paint, thin brushes, and a paint palette.
A couple other things...
Keep some rubber gloves nearby because pinecones can be prickly.
We'll be mixing paint as well, so make sure to have white and black paint on hand along with your chosen color.
Please read all the directions through before starting this particular craft.
Mix Your Paints!
Pick a color and make at least 3 different shades.
Neutral shade: The color as it is.
Darker shade: Mix 1-2 drops of black paint with color.
Lighter shade: Mix 3-4 drops of white paint with color.
***Adjust white & black paint as needed.***
Paint the 1st Layer.
Grip your pinecone using the top tip.
Start painting at the bottom with your darkest shade.
Cover both the top and bottom of each spike.
Add another section.
Paint 2-3 rings of the neutral shade.
Close-together spikes are tricky to paint.
In which case, simply wipe off wet paint when needed and reapply correct color.
Stop when you've covered 2/3 of the pinecone.
Repeat step 3 with your lightest shade.
If you mixed 3 shades, paint all the way to the top tip.
If you mixed more, adjust your sections and rings accordingly. Let it dry overnight.
Try other things besides an ombre effect.
Here's an example of an all-black pinecone with specks of metallic gold and silver.
Get creative! Your décor, your choice.
Dressed and decked out in an OMBRE original. 🍁
How unique did yours turn out?
Snap a couple of photos, tag them #DPCrafternoons and share with us on Facebook and Instagram.
Check out this alternative style for ombre pinecones.
DIY holiday decorating ideas are an easy way to add some seasonal flavor to your home.
Contrary to popular belief, holidays don't have to be canceled this year.
They simply need to be celebrated using a different approach.
Meanwhile, decorations can still be all out.
And sometimes, as many adults may relate to, the quieter the celebration, the more it feels like an actual holiday.
So rest up and relax!
And triple the festivities for the future.
See you next time!