Traveling back in time to my kindergarten years today!
And so excited that I can finally talk about all things Christmas!
I have been waiting for this since last Christmas.
And yes, I am Christmas freak. If you hate Christmas, you should probably just look away now and come back tomorrow for good food. Today is all about Christmas stuff.
So if you have been reading the blog this past week than you know that we have already had our tree up since a week ago last Saturday. Normally we get our tree on Thanksgiving or over Thanksgiving weekend, but this year the girls in the family decided we couldn’t wait till the end of November. SO, we made Dad (with Mom and Asher in tow) go out and chop the family tree down. He was little resistance at first, but with age he has become a huge softy, so we got him to agree.
I am not gonna lie, this is the smallest tree we have had in years, but it’s still super pretty.
I love a traditional tree filled with different ornaments. Nothing fancy.
When I was a kid, I’m thinking kindergarten? Not sure, but anyway, we made these peanut butter pine cones that we covered in bird food and hung on the trees outside. This idea had me thinking about pine cones for our indoor Christmas tree. I know that pine cone ornaments have been done before, but it is always nice to be reminded of simple, fun decorating ideas. I tried to put my own foodie spin on them because, well for me, all activities are better when they include a little sweetness.
For the snow, I used royal icing. I knew it would harden up and last practically a lifetime. It was PERFECT, so pretty. I then sprinkled the cones with glitter to add a little glam. These frosty pine cones make for cheap, easy and “merry” Christmas tree ornaments.
They are super fun to make with kids… but be prepared for a giant mess. Asher, her friend and I somehow managed to get glitter everywhere (you might want to contain this activity to one small area). I am secretly loving it though because now the floors sparkle. It just feels like Christmas!
UGH. I am so cheesy. Sorry, but not really.
And the best part about these is that you don’t have to have a crafty bone in your body. No matter what, these snowy, sparkly pine cone ornaments will turn out cute. There is nothing to them. You also don’t have to just hang them on your tree. They’re good for the fireplace mantle, hanging down from the top of a window or sticking in a strand of garland. My mom even stuck a few in the wreath on the front door… our house kind of looks like Christmas exploded all over it. Loving it!
Homemade Holidays: Snowy, Sparkly Pine Cone Ornaments.
- 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
- 5 tablespoons meringue powder
- 1/2 cup water
- festive ribbon
- 15-20 pine cones
- glitter (I used red green, silver and white)
To make the frosting, combine sugar and meringue powder in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mixing on low speed, add a scant 1/2 cup water. Mix until icing holds a ribbonlike trail on the surface of the mixture for 5 seconds when you raise the paddle. Add the frosting to a gallon size ziploc bag (or a pipping bag).
Tie the ribbon around the top of the pine cone to create a loop.
Snip about 1/8 an inch off one corner of the frosting bag. Place small amounts of frostings all round the pine cones scales. Then, holding the cone over a bowl, spoon fine glitter over the scales. Make sure to sprinkle the glitter over the frosting within a minute or two of frosting, or the frosting with begin to harden.
Allow the cones to dry one to two hours before hanging on the tree or around the house.