Putting an Aussie twist on this project, we substituted hard-to-find pinecones for good old gum nuts.
- Gum nuts
- gold and silver paint (acrylic or spray paint)
- eyelet screws (from your local hardware store)
- power drill
- bar or craft clamps 9to safely hold the nut while drilling)
- natural twine
Step 1: Wash and dry the gum nuts
Step 2: Secure a gum nut with a bar or raft clamp (pictured below) and carefully drill small holes in the top of the gumnut. Be sure you have a level surface to work on – we’ve used a wooden pallet on our deck.
Step 3: Screw the eyelet screws into the gum nuts. You can leave the gumnuts in their natural finish, or follow the next steps to paint them.
Step 4: Get creative with decorating! We broke out the gold spray paint, but you could use brightly coloured acrylic paints and glitter!
Step 5: String the ornaments with natural twine through the eyelets, and hang from your Christmas tree. We’ve teamed some of our ornaments with store-bought jingle bells, but they’re also lovely just as they are!