I recently learned that some people make baskets out of pine needles. (There are oodles of pictures and tutorials online if you search Google for "pine needle basket".)
So, always up for a crafting challenge, I had to try it!
I made a coaster, wrapping the pine straw with brown nylon thread. Then, I decided I should try curling ribbon instead of thread. (This was in lieu of the customary raffia ribbon that the online tutorials said I should use. I DID stretch the ribbon so it wasn't still its usual crimped texture, since I don't want it stretching at random later.)
Not bad. Not bad at all.
And, since my backyard is full of pine needles, I might make some more ...
Pine needles. For baskets. Who knew?!