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.
Place a layer of pine cones in the basket
begin to coil the light string around the bottoms cones
: Add more cones and weave the lights throughout the cones
leave enough of the plug to wrap around the side of the handle
Layer more pinecones until you feel it looks full and most of the light strand is covered
Attach your handmade bow to the side or top of the handle
: 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.
Let there be light