1. Gather pinecones.
2. Frost them with gum arabic (nontoxic and available at art supply stores).
3. Dust the fronds with flour.
4. Voila! Make a pretty tree.
5. After all the fun ends, compost or place those pinecones right back where you found 'em.
This month's Readymade has lots of other smart season-brightening and gift ideas. Some favorites include the "tree hugger" tree skirt made from a vintage skirt, a watch bracelet fashioned from over-the-hill time pieces, and a scarf constructed from old wool sweaters. You can do it! Photo by James Chiang. ::Readymade