A quick and easy way to make pine cones, twigs and other finds you brought home from your walk in the woods look as if Mister Winter has covered them with glittering frost.
All you need is a sauce pan, about 500-700 ml of water and table salt. Bring the water to boil and add half a cup of salt and stir until fully dissolved. Continue to add salt little by little until the solution is saturated – this is when the salt no longer dissolves and you can see salt crystals gather at the bottom of the sauce pan.
Remove the sauce pan from the stove and let cool. After some time, you might see a thin layer of salt crystals on top of the saline solution that look like ice, it depends on the quality of the salt that you have used. The result will look a bit more like glittering snow.
I then dip twigs, pine cones, empty beechnuts and dried lichens in the solution. If you dip I let them soak up the saline solution for half a minute or so, then I remove them and let them dry overnight on a cooling rack. They make a beautiful decoration for winter days, not necessarily for Christmas only. When spring comes, I put them in an air-tight container and pack them away with all the other winter decorations until the darker season starts again…