Friday, December 9, 2011

Winter Rustic Pepsi Crate & Pine Centerpiece

Don't you just love the smell of fresh pine? Being born and raised in North Idaho, the smell of pine is something that is year round when you live next to the woods. Not so much pine here at the beach in sunny California. What better way to bring that "Idaho Christmas" smell into the home by creating a Winter Rustic Pepsi Crate & Pine Centerpiece for the living room. 
What you need:
Living in Idaho you wouldn't need to buy pine cones or pine. 

  • Old Pepsi Crate or something similar
  • Four large mason jars
  • Scented Pine cones 
  • Pine assortment
  • Epsom Salt
  • Votive Candles in glass
  • Holly Berry sprigs from Michael's
Begin by taking the pine assortment and cutting small pieces to fit in each divided square of the crate. Try to evenly arrange the different assortment in each. 

 "My favorite tree memory from when I was little was when my mom was on a ladder decorating the tree, both her and the tree fell over in the living room... which scared my Grandmother in the kitchen and made her fall over. Grandma Meja was so mad because she dropped her sandwich and the dog ate it. "

 Then take the four mason jars and place in the center of each divided area of the crate. Move the pine around the jar so that it looks nice. 

Epsom Salt in the jar looks like snow. 
Using Epsom Salt, I poured the whole bag evenly into each mason jar. *Epsom salt was only $4.00 for this large bag which kept cost down and had a SNOW like effect. You could also use sand or beads. 

 Then using the scented pine cones, arrange as many as you want into each divided area of the crate. It depends on the size of the pine cone as to how many you can fit. *You could also use pine cones that are already frosted, or your can frost your own pine cones with glitter.  
With the cinnamon scented pine cones and the pine, it already smells delicious. 
 Finally, arrange the holly berries around the jars and in the pine to your liking. Put the four votive candles in each jar and gently press into the Epsom salt so that they are not moving around. *excluding the holly berries can make this a great "after Christmas decor.
Don't want to use real flames, go with LED flameless candles. 

Looking so romantic. 
Ta da! You have probably only spent 20 minutes and/or $20.00 at the max on this gorgeous centerpiece. Best part is that it smells so much like a beautiful Christmas tree. Make the pine really last long by misting it with water every so often.                     ~Amanda