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Make Your Own Christmas Snowy "Cone" Ornaments - Aussie Edition


Make your own snowy cone ornaments to hang on your Christmas tree this year, with every day items. It is not only sustainable, but also extremely simple and looks gorgeous on your tree. It is also a fun activity to do with children!

Most DIY snowy cones online are made of pine cones. However, as we do not have any pine cones here down under (Australia), I have taken a stroll around my neighbourhood to pick banksia seed pods that have fallen off trees instead - they seemed like very good substitutes for pine cones. I found so many, it was a very tough choice to pick my favourite ones.  

Snowy cones for Christmas. Blog by itto, a Sydney Australia-based business selling eco-friendly, biodegradable phone cases (Shells). The Shells are home and commercially compostable.

Ingredients / Items you will need:

  • bowls
  • flour
  • water
  • salt
  • cones 
  • ribbon/string
  • scissors

Steps

1. Pick your favourite seed pods / cones. Mix flour and water into wheat paste (it should have a pancake batter-like consistency).

Snowy cones for Christmas. Blog by itto, a Sydney Australia-based business selling eco-friendly, biodegradable phone cases (Shells). The Shells are home and commercially compostable.

2. Use a paintbrush to paint the wheat paste onto the seed pod. I wouldn't suggest dipping the seed pod straight into the paste - we tried that and it didn't turn out very well... the paste was getting into all nooks and crannies of the pod. 

Snowy cones for Christmas. Blog by itto, a Sydney Australia-based business selling eco-friendly, biodegradable phone cases (Shells). The Shells are home and commercially compostable.  

3. Dip the seed pod into salt, or sprinkle the salt on. 

My sister prefers sprinkling the salt on as it is neater, and doesn't get into the holes in the pod. Whereas, I like things fast and was dipping my pods into the salt. Messier, but a whole lot faster. Each to their own (hehe)! 

Snowy cones for Christmas. Blog by itto, a Sydney Australia-based business selling eco-friendly, biodegradable phone cases (Shells). The Shells are home and commercially compostable.

4. Wait for all your snowy pods to dry, then tie a string at the top bit of the snowy pods. 

Snowy cones for Christmas. Blog by itto, a Sydney Australia-based business selling eco-friendly, biodegradable phone cases (Shells). The Shells are home and commercially compostable.

You're all done! How easy is that? :D Now get decorating! 

Snowy cones for Christmas. Blog by itto, a Sydney Australia-based business selling eco-friendly, biodegradable phone cases (Shells). The Shells are home and commercially compostable.

Let me know if you have tried this yourself and feel free to share your pictures as well! Please tag @itto.official if you have shared an image on Instagram, or tag @itto.officialau if you have shared it on Facebook.

Can't wait to hear from you!

 

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