How to make a pine cone mason jar

No snow this year? Not a problem. Bring indoors the feel of a chilly winter with this eye-catching pine cone project. All it takes is a little chalk paint, twine, a jar and fake holly berries to emulate a snowy day. Use real or faux pine cones, and make sure the paint is chalk paint.
If you're not into snow, use a different color of chalk paint and a different ornament on top. To perk up a bedroom, dip the pine cones in light-yellow chalk paint and adhere fake lavender to the lid. For a piece that stands out, try dark-gray paint with a small dark-red or bright-pink rosebud on top.
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Materials
- Empty Mason jar with lid and ring, quart size
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue
- Spool of twine or cord
- Scissors
- Fake holly berries
- White chalk paint
- Small bowl
- Fabric scrap, 4 by 4 inches
- Pine cones
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Instructions
1. Run a line of glue along the inner top of the jar band. Glue the inner lid to the jar band. Let them dry.
2. Squeeze a dab of glue just above the band’s bottom lip. Press into place one end of the twine or cord. Glue the twine around the jar band, repeatedly wrapping the twine around the jar until it reaches the band’s top.
3. Angle the twine inward. Keep gluing and wrapping the twine in a circle, moving inward until the entire lid is covered. Cut off the excess twine and let the glue dry.
4. Cut off a small sprig of holly berries. Wrap the base stem with twine to cover it. Cut off the excess twine and glue the end of the wrapped twine to the covered base stem. Let the glue dry.
5. Apply a dab of glue to the outside top of the jar lid, anywhere you like. Press the covered berry stem to the glue. Let dry.
6. Put the chalk paint in the small bowl. Pick up a pine cone at its narrowest point. Dip the pine cone one-third of the way into the paint. Set it on the fabric to dry. Do this with as many pine cones as desired.
7. Add four or five pine cones and a few loose berries to the jar. Screw on the lid and place the jar where desired.
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