Holiday Swag : Part 1
I don’t know about you, but I always made sure NOT to wear anything predominantly red or green [or God forbid BOTH] during the holidays. It’s not that I don’t get into the holiday spirit, because I do
! But i just cant get into the whole “here is my Christmas sweater just in case everyone around me forgot its Christmas!
”/ in-your-face reds and greens. So I go for a more subtle holiday swag.
For those of you looking for an alternative to the typical holiday attire, I’ve come up with a 3 part DIY series
just in time for the all the holiday parties and gatherings.Part 1
of the series starts with a 4 year old clutch and pine cones
from my backyard. The clutch was used and abused and passed around a trillion times over the last few years, and it was making its way to the back of closet.
And the pine cones I’ve stripped before and used bits of it as texture in some of my artwork
. So this process wasn’t necessarily new to me, but I promise it is super easy
! And they are obviously everywhere during the holiday season, so if you don’t feel like scavenging for some, cleaning it then spray painting them, you can find them being sold in most craft stores
What you’ll need : A clutch, small pliers, about 2-3 pine cones, gold spray paint and a hot glue gun.2.
Clean and dust off the pine cones the pull out the individual pieces with your pliers. 3.
[if you bought the pine cones, skip to step 5
] Lay out all the pieces so that you can spray paint them more easily. Mine were already painted but once I stripped the pieces, some of the ends didn’t have the gold.4.
Spray paint them5.
Start hot gluing the pieces, from the bottom up
Think of them as scales, where the top scales always overlap the bottom ones.
Clean up any excess glue that may be peaking from in between the cracks and you’re all done! I’ve come to terms with the fact that I will most likely be one of those old ladies that hot glues everything. “Oh sweetie your sneakers are falling apart?? No problem, mama got you" -