Introduction

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A Touch of Nature

Sometimes the holiday inspiration you’re looking for can be found in your own backyard. Why not turn this nature-inspired gift topper into an afternoon activity for you and the family? Pull on your winter boots and bundle up in scarves, then go scouring around the neighborhood for seasonal treasures.

Step 1

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Create Base

Pinecones are seasonally appropriate and are practically everywhere this time of year. If you’re unable to find any in your own backyard, head to the craft store for a faux version that’s as good as the real thing. Use hot glue to piece two pinecones together, and use this as a base on which to apply smaller elements.

Step 2

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Finishing Touch

Arrange additional seasonal elements to your heart’s desire. Once you’re happy with the cluster you’ve created, use hot glue to secure everything in place. While the glue sets, wrap your gift in kraft paper and tie with kitchen twine. Glue your garnish on top to finish.