Create a chorus of pine cone carolers for “singing” around your Christmas tree.
“Singing” is in quotes because clearly this caroller is “screaming”. Because nothing says Winter Solstice like terrifying crafts.For the complete pattern (and more horror!):
This merry masterpiece was inspired by the ancient pagan tradition of sacrificing frozen carollers to ensure the return of the sun. Revellers would then impale the decapitated heads on pine cones, and hang them on their Solstice tree!
No, it’s true, I read all about it on the interwebs.
For each caroler you will need scraps of red and green felt, a medium sized cotton ball, a pipe cleaner, a pine cone of any size, 2 blue sequins for eyes and 1 red for mouth, a small gold pearl, small pins, white glue and a polystyrene ball. Be sure to select a pine cone that is flat on bottom so that caroler isn’t wobbly.
Carollers should only be wobbly after they’ve drunk all your wassail, not before.
Using given pattern, cut hat and shawl from felt. Glue cotton ball to hat, let dry.
Trust me, cotton balls glued onto circles of green felt look exactly like Victorian top hats.The size of the polystyrene ball selected for head should be chosen according to pine cone size. Using small pins, position sequins and gold pearl for face. Set aside.
If you can’t see the clear resemblance, you clearly haven’t eaten enough delicious Rum Balls.
The ceremonial importance of the nose being gold has been lost in the mists of time. Nevertheless, do not mess with tradition! One slip up, and you’ll be condemned to twelve months of flood, famine, and ill-fitting thermal underwear.Wrap pipe cleaner around small end of pine cone, forming arms.
See photo to ensure that the arms are properly positioned to illustrate the caroller’s terrified supplication to the merciless Elder Gods.
With straight end of crochet hook make small hole in center of bottom of polystyrene ball. Fill hole with white glue and press onto center part of pine cone. Glue felt hat to ball, leaving a brim.
All good pagans own a crochet hook. It doesn’t need to be included in the materials list.
Finally, attach shawl by wrapping around pine cone and drawing one end through slit, pull up tight. Let dry for about 2 hours.
One man’s shawl is another man’s scarf. Be sure to make it of red fabric as it symbolizes the ritual beheading of the carollers at midnight. Then, cookies and milk for everyone!If desired, cut songbook from gold or silver cardboard using pattern. Position in carolers’ arms.
Now kick back and enjoy your new decorations, while munching on a gingerbread man. Be sure to leave his head for last, so Gingy’s screams will drown out those annoying carollers who’ve temporarily escaped Cthulhu’s grasping tentacles.
Click here for the Printable Pattern.