How to make bleach-effect pine cones

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Add a personal touch to your Christmas dinner table with these fragrant, festive place names.

Ingredients

  • Pine cones
  • Large bowl
  • White paint
  • Water
  • Paint brush
  • Pine essential oil
  • Name cards
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Step 1

In a large bowl, mix one-part white paint to two parts water.

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Step 2

Submerge each pine cone in the glue and water mix one by one, making sure they’re fully covered. Use a paint brush to remove any drips or lumps, and ensure the coverage is even.

Tip: Tie string to a part of the pine cone and hang it into the water paint mixture to avoid finger prints. Once dipped, you can hang it up to dry.

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Step 3

Leave to dry. Write your guests’ names on name cards while you wait.

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Step 4

Once dry, drop some pine essential oil onto the pine cone (if you don’t have pine, cinnamon, orange or clove will still smell festive). Then, cut a slit at the top to insert a name card.

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Step 5

Place the pine cone place names on each plate on your Christmas table. Once dinner is over, your guests can take them home as a little keepsake, or turn them into Christmas decorations for next year.

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