I've got these little bitty pine cones
and I want to make ornaments out of them along the same lines as these seashell ornaments
I made last year, particularly this one
and this one
. Gold or silver wire, gold or silver beads/bells, ribbon, spraypaint or not.
The seashells had a convenient cavity that i could stuff a tangle of the wire into and hot glue it in place, and then run the wire up the back, loop around the tip, and then straight up to terminate in a little loop that a hanger would go in.
The pine cones have no equivalent, just a flat or sort of pointy end. I've tried:
-Wrapping the wire around the bottommost set of scales but that pushes them out of alignment with their neighbors (looks bad) and sometimes breaks them off.
-Drilling a hole into the base of the pinecone through the stem with the tiniest drill bit so I could stick a gluey wire end down in there, but that just broke off the scales. Too small and delicate for that.
I've considered making a little wire spiral and gluing that flat to the end of the pinecone, but then I've got visible glue and a connection that wants to break off over time. I thought of plucking off the bottom row or two of scales, but a pinecone I found that was already like that doesn't look good - messes up the natural pine cone shape.
I want them to look just like the shell ones, with a wire sticking straight up out of the end so they'll look/hang straight and so I can attach a bead/bell and ribbon to it, but if there's another better way to do this, forget everything I've said and hit me with it. Thanks!