How to make a garland with pine cones

People used to decorate with pine cones in the fall and winter and forget about them during the warmer months of the year. However, there's a recent trend toward springtime pine cone decorations. This garland will work in any season, and, in fact, you might find you want to keep it up in your home all year.
The combination of the natural pine cones with the dried citrus definitely makes this a sensible addition to your kitchen, but don't limit yourself. Hang it over any windowsill, across your bed's headboard or even on the edge of a mantle. It will add scent, texture and visual appeal to any of these spaces.
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Materials
- Red and white baker's twine, about 60 inches long
- Measuring tape
- Scissors
- 5 medium-sized pine cones
- 6 slices of dried oranges
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Instructions
1. Cut a length of red and white baker's twine a bit longer than the space you'd like to span with the finished project. About 60 inches is good to aim for, but measure the length of the space where you will hang it and cut the piece accordingly. The final length will be shorter because you'll create knots in the twine as you add elements to the project.
2. Lay out the pine cones and dried oranges in the order in which you plan to string them on the garland. One option is one pine cone, one orange slice, two pine cones, two orange slices, one pine cone, two orange slices, two pine cones, and one orange slice.
3. Work from left to right, attaching the pieces to the baker's twine. Attach the pine cones by wrapping the twine around the center of the pine cone and securing it with a knot. Attach the orange slices by sliding them onto the twine by their open centers and securing them with a knot.
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4. Evenly space each item out across the twine.
5. Hang the garland, and enjoy it all season long.
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