Annual Inspirations New Product Blog Hop

Well today is the day!!! The new Annual Inspirations Idea Book goes live!!!! Are you as excited as I am???   You can now purchase all the new goodies you see in the catalog.   Today I am participating in the CTMH blog boosters new product blog hop, which will feature lost of fabulous new artwork with the new products.

New Product blog hop

When I first looked through the catalog one of the things that caught my eye were the pinecones which are seen on pg 24 and 25.  You can also see them again on page 46.    I knew this was going to be one of my first projects.  So I looked around the internet for instructions on how to make them.  I will give you a tutorial below but here are my Pathfinding pinecones.

Pathfinding Pinecones ~ Catscrapbooking.comThese pinecones are really easy to make.  I actually started with a 4″ circle Styrofoam ball, I would recommend looking for the 4″  styrofoam egg instead as it will save you a step.  (I was too eager to start that I did not realize there were egg shaped styrofoam).  So my first step was to make the circle an egg.  I did this by rolling the ball on a hard surface and applying pressure with the palm of my hand to result in the desired egg shape.

Pathfinding Pinecones_foam shapesNext I took the Pathfinding Paper and cut 1″ squares.  I then folded two of the corners in to create a pointed square, see the photo below you will see the folded squares on the right.   Then using strait pins you will secure the pointed squared to your egg.  Starting at the narrow part of your egg place your initial four squares.

Pathfinding Pinecones_starting the coneFor your second row you will overlap slightly and again secure each piece with strait pins.  Each layer you will overlap and drop down slightly.

Pathfinding Pinecones_adding layersPathfinding Pinecones_more layers

You will continue this the whole way down the styrofoam egg.  Once you reach the bottom you can use Liquid Glass to secure the final four pieces to cover the pins.  One full sheet of 12×12 paper is enough to complete a single pinecone.

Pathfinding Pinecones_completedSimple ~ I can’t wait to make a bunch of these and give them as gifts.  They are so much fun and look so beautiful.

Supplies used:

  • 4″ styrofoam circle or egg
  • Pathfinding Paper Pack X7186B
  • Straight pins
  • Liquid Glass  Z679

Happy Crafting!








  1. Wow… I saw these in the idea book and thought no way I can do it, but with the great directions here, I really think I can!!!

  2. Thank you so much for the tutorial! I think this is simple enough to make while watching tv when my shows come back on in the fall. 🙂

  3. Thanks for the instructions. I need to try these!

  4. I am going to have to try this one! Thanks for showing us how.

  5. Great directions!

  6. These are absolutely beautiful- what a clever centerpiece idea!

  7. That is just craziness and gorgeousness! Thank you for the tutorial….much better to have pics rather than just words..

  8. Amazing! So simple; great instructions. I saw these at convention and thought, ” That’s too complicated for me!” Little did I know how simple; so impressive! I will be making these with the help of your pictures. Thanks!

  9. Your instructions are so clear! You make something that looks very complicated look very easy. I can’t wait to try this tomorrow. Thanks for sharing these. Elaine Pierce, CTMH consultant from VT

  10. WOW! This is perfect for Thanksgiving decor idea! Love that tutorial, THANK YOU for sharing with us 🙂

  11. Oh my goodness Catherine, these are gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing how you made them!

  12. Love, Love, Love these!! Thank you so much for sharing and showing us how to make these cute things!!

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