Somehow I did this project last year and never posted about it! I think I just had a whim one day to add some color to my Christmas decorations and started dunking pinecones in paint, not even thinking about turning it into a blog post. Isn’t that weird? Sometimes I forget that the little things I do around our house for fun are things that I should be sharing here. Duh. Anyway, I love these bright pinecones and they were a bit hit last year in our decor! My niece was fascinated by them, probably mostly because she and her little brother collected them for me on a trip to our family’s cabin. But I love them and they’re making a repeat appearance this year!
- pinecones of all shapes and sizes
- acrylic or latex paint
- containers or cups for dipping
- bendable wire
- cardboard or plastic dropcloth
Make Time: 1 Minute per Pinecone (Plus Drying Time, approximately 24 hours)
Since I didn’t think of posting it on the blog last year, I don’t have any step by step photos! But this one’s pretty simple so let me lay it out for ya.
Step 1: Set out a large sheet of cardboard where your pinecones can drip dry.
Step 2: Open your paint containers. If they’re large enough to dip your pinecones in and you don’t mind possibly getting pinecone debris in your paint, you’re good to go. If they’re too small, pour the paint into a container with a wide mouth so that you can dip.
Step 3: For the half-dipped pinecones (like our long white Sugar Pine cones), just hold on to one end of the cone with your hand and dip the other, submerging only halfway. Twist it around slightly in the paint to ensure that all areas get coverage. Pull it out, allow the paint to drip off into the container until the drips slow, and lay it on your cardboard to dry.
Step 4: For smaller pinecones that you want to fully submerge, form a piece of wire into a hook and affix it to the pinecone somewhere. Find a spot that feels nice and firm, like the wire won’t come off when you dip.
Step 5: Dip the pinecone and fully submerge under the paint. Repeat the process from Step 3.
Step 6: After a few hours of drying, we went in and flipped all of our pinecones over & set them in a clean spot on the cardboard. This seemed to help with the drying process and even the paint out.
Boom! Crazy colored pinecones for your mantle, your table, or any old place. Would you do bright colors, or would you stick to a more traditional holiday palette? Oooooh, you could also do gold! That would look pretty fab on a centerpiece at Christmas dinner. Have fun! xoxo