Sunday, December 4, 2011

Pine Cones, Beads, and Carpal Tunnel

Of course like any teacher I have thought and thought about what to do for my parents for Christmas. In the past I have done wooden ornaments where the students paint them but I wanted to try something new this year. I have a great group of parents and they have gone above and beyond this year for me so I wanted to do the same for them.

I found this cool idea online where you paint pine cones and make them into mini Christmas trees. My first mission was to find pine problem I thought. I went on ebay (my portal for all things teaching) and found pine cones instantly; however most sellers wanted $30.00+ dollars plus $10 shipping and handling. For pine cones? Something that fell off a tree and you picked up? OK...option B....employ my students and parents. I teach in DeSoto county, which is a very rural area. I don't live there but I knew several of my children lived on acres and acres of land. The first day one of my girls brought in a GIANT bag of pine cones (SCORE! YES!). Unfortunately, they were all closed. problem..I turned to second portal for all things teaching. I found several websites that said you can put the pine cones in the oven at 200 degrees for 30 minutes and they would open. So that night I took the bag home (which of course opened up and fell all over the trunk of my car on the ride home) and followed the directions of the website. Did they open? NO..nothing happened. Well actually, something did happen...instead they BURNED and produced this interesting smell of pine cone and burnt pizza (dinner we had the night before). Thankfully, two days later that same fabulous student brought in a bag of OPENED pine cones for our entire class.

List of Needed Materials:
Pine Cones

Beads...I did find a good price for these on eBay. I ordered 5 dozen of the Mardi Gras necklaces for $11.00 (including shipping). So today I decided to tackle the cutting of these dozens of necklaces. For the craft you use the beads as ornaments for your pine cone tree. I have 5 different colors of necklaces and I have only made it through 2 colors. My wrist feels as though it is about to fall off. Below are some pictures...

Of course Penny had to make an appearance. Every time you sit on the floor she thinks you want to throw her charming rope's all about her, you know. :)

I think I'm done cutting for today. I still have another week before we start this craft..thank goodness. :)

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