Rainbow Pine Cone Tree Piano Scape
This rainbow pine cone tree symbolizes something near and dear to my heart. The rainbow has been used as a symbol of magic, happiness, all the different races of people on the earth, new beginnings, and more recently, gay pride. But what does the rainbow really stand for? In the Bible, in Genesis chapter 9 (NIV version), it reads:
13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.
Basically, it’s God’s promise to mankind that he will never destroy the earth again by flooding it with water. To me, the rainbow symbolizes new hope after failure or bad times. When I see a rainbow in the sky I am in awe. I also love God’s command in Genesis 9:7 for Noah and his family to be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. When I was younger, I hung on to this verse tightly when persecuted by friends and family for being pregnant again. My husband and I came from the 2-child-per-family generation. Both of us have 1 sibling each, born 5 years apart (my sister is older, his is younger). Thankfully, we have experienced the blessing of being fruitful and multiplying in the process of raising our 5 children.
- pine cones of various sizes
- sweet gum tree balls (these are great for filling in gaps)
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- paint, in rainbow hues
- a 6″ (approximately) cardboard circle
- Genesis 9:7 template (get yours here)
I used the 5 colors from Airhead Rainbow Xtremes candy (red, orange, yellow, green, blue) as my inspiration. I didn’t use all the colors of the rainbow, but I did keep them in the proper order. You can remember the colors of the rainbow with this acronym: Rainbows Over You, God’s Blessed Vow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet). Some versions slide in indigo (Roy G. Biv is the acronym for this version) before violet. Airhead Rainbow Xtremes is my favorite baseball/softball game candy, and it is softball season, right? My pine cone tree began with a cardboard circle. Trace around the bottom of an oatmeal box to get the 6″ circle pattern on your cardboard, then cut. This will be the base of your pine cone tree.
Some people prefer to spray paint their pine cones. It is a lot less messier that way. However, I already had lots of craft paints, so I chose to “dip” my pine cones. Fill a cup about 1/2 full with paint, then add enough water to thin the paint a little, so that it will easily drip off the pine cone after you dip it. Start with the biggest pine cones for your bottom color (red), then use smaller pine cones for each additional color row.
Spread the pine cones out on newspaper after dipping. I also dipped sweet gum balls for every color except red and yellow. They will need to dry overnight, or you can rush them along with the hair dryer. I washed my coffee cup out in between colors. Don’t worry, no dishes were harmed in the making of this pine cone tree! The paint washed right off my Snoopy mug after I was finished.
Plug in the hot glue gun, and remember not to touch the hot glue with bare fingers-my high-temp glue gun will blister. Start with the red pine cones, gluing them to the cardboard circle and each other. Carry on with each color. I used 3 blue sweet gum balls for the tip-top.
You’re done with the pine cone tree! Touch up any paint drips. I had a few splotches of opposing colors I had to fix. Pick off the extra hot glue strands too. I placed my pine cone tree on a Jeannette Glass Sunflower Green Cake Stand. Now let’s look at the Genesis 9:7 picture frame. Print the template in color, and place it in a 4 x 6 frame. Attach a 1.5″ red grosgrain ribbon to the top left corner with hot glue. I also bought some jars from Walmart to flank my rainbow pine cone tree. They had colorful rubber seals, and looked quite springy with Easter-themed m&ms inside.
I’m not sure if piano scape is a thing. If it’s not, it should be. I always decorate the top of my gorgeous, old, Yamaha piano.
Gabby and Stella made these in their Workers at Home class this year.
I used the exta pine cones, and some sheer glittery netting as embellishments. I hope you enjoyed the Rainbow Pine Cone Tree Piano Scape. If you decide to do some type of rainbow scape or craft, please send me a picture.
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