Making Christmas ornaments with Nature’s treasures

Twin Pines Conservation Education Center hosted its annual Nature’s Ornaments class on Nov. 24. 

The first one is a wreath made of natural objects including grape vine, mistletoe, pine cones, cedar, and seed pods.  

Instead of hosting the one class, there were actually two classes — one from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and another from 1- 2:30 p.m.  

“We did several things with tree cookies this year, like painting foxes on them and bears, as well as making a bear ornament out of tree cookies,” said Reva Dow, naturalist at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center. 

“We also made Christmas trees with twigs and greenery and made things with homespun fabric.”

This is Dow’s second year teaching the class and according to her, the first year they have offered more than one class.

“We usually get so many people signed up for this class that we decided to offer two classes this year to accommodate people wanting to take the class,” said Dow. 

In the past, during this class they would also work on wreath-making, but this year Twin Pines decided to make that its own class as well. 

“We actually made wreath-making a whole separate class and we have three class times for it,” said Dow. 
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The ornament photo shows ornaments made using twigs, tree cookies, and naturally stained fabric (lighter material).

Dec. 13 is the wreath-making class and the times are 10:30 a.m.-noon, 1-2:30 p.m., and 5-6:30 p.m. There is a class limit of 20 for each session, and reservations are required. 

“We have so many that are interested in this and the multiple class times make it to where we can offer it to the people who work during the day,” said Dow. 

The items that they use in the classes are all nature’s items, with a few other items intermixed. 

Items such as twigs, pine needles, acorns, buckeyes and seed pods can all be used. 

“These things can be found in your backyard and you can absolutely make these at home with what you find in your backyard,” said Dow. 

“People love taking these classes and we love teaching them and showing them just how cool nature is.”

To register for the wreath-making class or to get further information, call (573) 325-1381. Reservations can also be made online at\twinpines or by calling (888) 283-0364. 

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