Editor’s Weekend Tip No 1

Painted Fir Cones

Susan Penny picks up some cones and a bargain

With the weather forecast looking good this weekend, now might be a good time to take the kids out into the woods foraging for fir cones. Once collected, leave them somewhere warm to dry out for a few days. Then, using white acrylic paint, dab the edges of each cone with paint and sprinkle with silver glitter. Leave to dry for a few hours, then arrange in a glass bowl and place on the table, or you could wrap wire around the base of each cone and attach them to your Christmas tree. The lovely green bowl came from our local charity shop for just 20p. I love a bargain. Have a fun weekend whatever you are crafting.

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Susan Penny has become one of Britain's best-loved craft writers. She has already written more than 50 books and introduced tens of thousands of readers to new craft skills and memorable projects. Many of her books, like 'Knitted Cakes', have become international best sellers. Her background is an arts graduate who has turned her love of making things into a career. After launching and editing some of the biggest and best craft magazines in the UK, Susan is now one of the most respected designers, writers and editors in the contemporary British craft scene. Susan is just as happy working with needle and thread as a crochet hook.


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