Pine Needle Tassels

We have many pine trees in our area, including several mature pines beyond our backyard wall. It’s easy to decorate with pinecones when there is an abundance of them and each Fall I try to find unique ways I can incorporate them into our seasonal decor. However, it wasn’t until recently when I came across the idea of making tassels constructed of the actual pine needles. Every now and then I love a good DIY and these are super easy to make. The pictures below show just how simple it is to create your own pine needle tassels. I’ll also share a few ideas on how you can actually use your tassels once they are completed. Happy crafting… pine needle tassels_Reviving Charm

All you need are pine needles, scissors, string or twine of your choice, hot glue gun, and acorn tops to cap off the tassel top (optional – see photo below).

DECOR. Once your tassels are made, there are a variety of ways that you can incorporate them into your holiday decor. Try adding them to garland and wreaths, like the examples below.pine needle tassels_Reviving Charm 1pine needle decoration_Reviving Charm 2

GIFT WRAP. I take gift wrapping seriously and I am always on the hunt for new ways to embellish gifts for friends and family. I might think about making a few tassels to add to Christmas gifts this year.pine needle tassels gift wrap_Reviving Charm

Ah, the scent of pine needles…now, that is the smell of Christmas.  –Reviving Charm

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ENTERTAINING. If you are looking for some tabletop inspiration, why not use a few pine needle tassels to add a bit of nature to your table. They are a great alternative to the traditional napkin ring. pine needle tassels tabletop_Reviving CharmYou can also create a few tassels to spruce up your beverages and appetizers. Attach them to skewers cut down to size and you’ve created custom cocktails stirrers or appetizer picks.  pine needle cocktail sticks_Reviving Charm

I know it is a busy time of year but if you manage to find some time to make a few pine needle tassels to embellish your holiday gifts and/or decor, I am sure you’re friends and family will appreciate you going the extra mile to make the holidays extra special for them.

ENTERTAINING: Set the Table Neiman Marcus Style

One of my guilty pleasures when traveling to San Francisco is visiting Neiman Marcus in Union Square. I shop the store from top to bottom and last year during the Thanksgiving holiday I fell in love with a particular tabletop store display. The table decorations incorporate old book pages, quotes, and words of wisdom that can easily be recreated. I’ve seen similar book page table runners on Pinterest but I like the idea of incorporating quotes, phrases, definitions, and words of wisdom. Choose wording to fit your particular festivity and you’ve created something really unique.

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There were several mobiles hanging above the dining table displaying additional words of wisdom. If you are somewhat of a DIYer this could actually be fairly easy to make. It would be time-consuming, but easy. inspirational tabletop_Reviving Charm 16

Words to live by…”Integrity…Live in such a way, that if someone spoke badly of you no one would believe it.”

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Reviving Charm Goes to Italy 

italy scrapbook Reviving CharmBuon Giorno! I am very happy to announce that Mr. B and I are hopping on a jet plane and flying off to Italy today. I am over the moon excited because we have a deep love affair with Italy. It must have something to do with the fact that it’s in our DNA. We will be staying in a total of five cities but our trip begins and ends in Milan, one of the great cities of the world. It’s a very chic, urban, and cosmopolitan city. And because of these reasons, I happen to actually love Milano. However, I am always intrigued to learn how others feel about this great city. I have found that most people either love it or hate it. There’s usually no middle ground.

Even now I miss Italy dearly, I dream about it every night – Eila Hiltunen

italy scrapbook Reviving Charm 3It’s hard for me to believe it’s been over ten years since I started creating the photo carousel project highlighted in this post. It is filled with nothing but pictures from our numerous trips to Italy dating back to 2004 and is still a work in progress. When Mr. B and I are back, rest assured that I will be adding more pages to it. But for now let’s flip through a few pages together, shall we…italy scrapbook Reviving Charm 2

So you can get a sense of scale, the smallest page is slightly little larger than a standard business card. I used a variety of items (glitter, stickers, ribbon, rubber stamps, rub-ons, etc.) to embellish each page. I pulled out all the stops by using metallic gold thread to sew a zig-zag stitch on one of the pages (see the first picture at the top of this post). italy scrapbook Reviving Charm 5There are pictures of Mr. B and I scattered among the pages, but the project really focuses on details that capture a slice of Italian life. Coins, train tickets, portions of maps, and ticket stubs are also things I managed to include. For example, the linen pocket below holds business cards picked up at just a few of the wonderful places we’ve had an opportunity to visit over the years.  italy scrapbook Reviving Charm 1grand hotel et de milan Reviving Charm

italy scrapbook Reviving Charm 7 gypsiesgelato favorites Reviving Charmlake como reviving charm scrapbookitaly travel ATC Reviving CharmYou may have noticed how I like incorporating inspirational quotes into many of my blog posts. However, it wasn’t until this particular post that I realized that this was something I was already doing some 10 years ago when I started this project. reviving charm in italyI hope you enjoyed this glimpse at of one of my most prized possessions. Every time I flip through the pages it brings back very happy memories of our travels to a place we love dearly. Even though we are away,  I have still have posts planned for the website so don’t forget to check in.  I will also be posting on Instagram so be sure to follow me around. Ciao!