I racked my brain to come up with something for this challenge, I did not see how any piece of jewelry would work, then it hit me. The InnerLight baskets that I make would work with the idea incognito
On to the challenge. I have included pictures of a step by step process of how I build one of the baskets. I like to use baskets that I find in the thrift stores or yard sales. They have bit of character. Many of them have been made locally in the North Carolina Mountains. I try to shop and live locally as possible. All year round, I pick up pine cones or seed pods to use in the baskets. Last year I found some huge pines cones at my sister’s house in South Carolina.
Material needed for the project
Medium to large basket
30-40 pine cones depending on the size of the cones
1 strand 35-50 electric or battery powered tiny holiday lights. Normally I use the clear ones but it is your call.
Florist wire, found in any craft store
3 yards of wired ribbon or pre-made bow(see instructions how to make your own bow)
Needle nose pliers.
Various decorative ornaments.
Step One: Place a layer of pine cones in the basket
Step Two: begin to coil the light string around the bottoms cones
Step Three: Add more cones and weave the lights throughout the cones
Step Four: leave enough of the plug to wrap around the side of the handle
Step Five: Layer more pinecones until you feel it looks full and most of the light strand is covered
Step Six: Attach your handmade bow to the side or top of the handle
Step: Seven: Add decorative ornaments, dried flowers etc.
And there you have it an InnerLight basket, beautiful on it’s own but when lit the true beauty is revealed.