Cue the elves. It's time to set the scene with fanciful Christmas stockings, ornaments, and more.
Crafts by Suzonne Stirling; Text by Kate Doherty
Here's how: Select two complementary felt colors. Using an iron on medium heat, adhere freezer paper waxy-side down to both pieces of felt. Trace pinecone "petal" template onto the paper and cut out shapes. Peel off freezer paper. Make a hole in the center of each petal with sharp scissors. Make petals sets, using one of each color. Slide petal sets over a wooden kitchen dowel in the following order: A, B, B, C, C, B, B, A, D, D. Alternate the position of each petal so that they resemble a pinecone. Between every petal set, place a very small square of felt as a separator. Cut the excess dowel with scissors. Glue the E petals into a cluster and glue to the top of the pinecone. To make a stem, cut a small circle of felt with pinking shears and make a hole in the center. Insert a thin strip of twisted felt through the hole and glue the circle and stem to the bottom of the pinecone petals.
Originally published in the December 2010 issue of Family Circle magazine.