Painting pine cones is a fun thing to do for adults and kids alike! Pine cones are free and so this is budget friendly! Make a batch of painted pinecones to decorate your holiday home or to give as pretty gifts with this tutorial.
There are pine cone crafts galore that you can do, including making pine cone wreaths, holiday ornaments, dolls, animals and more! But let’s face it…pine cones are a dull brown when picked up off the ground. Paint is perfect for displaying them with more pizazz. I’ve tried spraying them and a few other techniques, but this one works best, so let’s get started!
Secrets To Painting Pinecones The Right Way
We don’t have a ton of pine trees here in South Florida where I live, but we do have some. I’ve gathered them throughout the years on my morning walks and love to display them and do a bit of crafting here and there. I’ve painted pinecones white (pretty and typical), I’ve glittered the heck out of them, I’ve tried my hand at bleaching pinecones, wax coating them…but honestly my favorite pinecones of all are these PINK PINECONES that I painted years ago and bring out to use every Christmas season.
Here are some tips to painting your own pinecones the best way…the right way. I’m saving you the trouble here of failed attempts, because I’ve had many!!
First, if you are bringing in pinecones from outside your might want to consider the fact that they could have some nasty critters living in them that you may not see right away. Unless you’re planning on bleach them I would bake them in the oven because heat kills any lurkers!Bake in an oven that is set to no more than 200 degrees because any higher and they could burn. Bake on a cookie sheet lined in parchment paper or foil and keep an eye on them and watch how they open up by baking. Turn over to prevent burning just keep an eye on them. There is no specific timing on this, depending on your oven and the moisture content of the pinecones.
I like to use household latex paint for my painting pinecones projects. It just so happened with the pink ones that I make years ago that I had some pink paint leftover from a baby nursery project, so that’s what I used. Obviously use what you have and in a color that you love! I don’t like spray paint for pinecones because it just gives a light mist and I prefer better coverage.
Simply dip the pinecones one by one into the paint and suspend from the closet rod (string, outside on tree branches…etc) to dry. Don’t touch…just be patient and let it dry! One it is dry you’ll just need to remove the wire and you’re done. For these I wanted a little bit of glitz, so after they were dry I painted the pinecones with regular school glue (the white kind) using a paintbrush and sprinkled on some glitter. EASY.
Pretty in PINK (NAVY)…or any color that you choose for YOUR HOME. Painting pinecones is fun to do with your family and the perfect gifts!
Pinecone Project Ideas For Christmas – DIY
- Pine Cone Christmas Trees from townandcountryliving.com
- How To Make Beautifully Bleached Pinecones from sandandsisal.com
- Christmas Wreath from placeofmytaste.com
- Painted Pinecone Wreath from pmqfortwo
- How To Make A Christmas Kissing Ball With Pinecones from ourcraftmom.com
- Create Perfectly Flocked Pinecones from dukemanorfarm.com
- Glass Glitter Pinecones from makingitinthemountains.com
- Pinecone Swag from smallhomesoul.com