Years ago, I made loads of these baskets as gifts one Christmas and the idea came
to me again that I should do it for my Natural Burlap/Bling theme this year.
So, I did!
You'll need to have a bunch of pinecones, different sizes are great,
an 8-10 light set of battery operated lights, a glue gun,
some wee christmas balls & bits of shiny stuff to place strategically.
Oh yah...and a basket! Hahaha!
this method I tried this time....I wanted to make an arrangement that
I could lift out of the basket in one piece.
So I can turn the battery operated lights on and off, yet have them hidden from sight!
When I make these baskets, I turn the lights on.
into position around the pinecones if you can see how they'll look when they are lit up.
Everytime you position a pinecone to glue to the next, put your creation
(clump! hahaha!) back into your basket to make sure you can lift it out easily
without it catching. When it's filled up enough for your eye,
we move to the next step.
After it's all placed just as you like, take a wee bit of white paint....
I used the antique white chalk paint I already had made....
and paint the tips of some of the pinecones (or all! if you like!)
I also dabbed paint onto the green parts of the lights that were showing.
You want to be able to place the battery into the bottom of the basket
and the "clump" on top in one whole piece.
Not sure if you can tell...my photography is crap today...but I dabbed some
gold paint onto the actual lights, because...they were GLARING LED lights
and I couldn't stand it!
Much better afterward.
Add a bow to the basket somewhere...in this case I used burlap & blingy ribbon!
Here's the finished product "Lit Up".
Once again...photography is bad...I apologize.
It looks so much better in real life!
It doesn't have to be a big one!
But, it's rather homey don't you think?