Blackcabbit (aka. Dionnie Takahashi) is an illustrator living in Japan. She loves drawing whimsical animal characters, as well as doing handmade crafts to beautify the world she lives in.
Why am I talking about making Christmas ornaments at the very beginning of the year? Blackcabbit’s brain must be frosted. Ho Ho Ho, it all started when I picked up my very first pine cone in a park last week. It was so beautiful, I just had to collect more for craft sake. I wanted to make them into holiday decorations for our future Christmas tree. So, I combed the areas under every pine tree despite of my fear of spiders.
My pinecones were then baked, before I used them for crafts. There are many great tips on how to prepare pinecones for craft on the internet but you can read how I baked mine. In this project, I painted the pinecone RED (with cheap Daiso’s acrylic paint).
I wanted to re-use the beanie hat I made for my son’s Christmas Ramune Candy after we gobbled them up. To add a touch of Japanese style, I used Chirimen (縮緬/crepe fabrics) to mimic Tsurushi Kazari (つるし飾り/Japan’s traditional hanging doll ornaments).