Pinecones are versatile and inexpensive decorations. While they are beautiful in their natural state, it is easy to use pinecones as decorative accents. With a few simple supplies like glitter, paint and lace, you can transform your pinecones into holiday decorations. Here are five elegant ways to decorate pinecones for Christmas.
Prepping the Pinecones
In my area, it’s pretty easy to find plenty of pinecones on the ground. However, I like to clean mine and make sure there aren’t any little critters inside. First, I let the pinecones soak for about 30 minutes in a 1:2 vinegar to water ratio. Then, I wash the pinecones in warm soapy water and rinse the pinecones well. Next, I let the pinecones dry for several days until they are open.
Let your pinecones shine with some metallic paints. Gold or silver are obvious choices (I used an acrylic gold craft paint). However, green, blue, pearl or red are some other festive choices. For full coverage, make sure to allow the paint to drip into the inside of the pinecone. Use two coats for even coverage.
Fine glitter gives pinecones a subtle shimmer. You can choose to put glitter on the tips of the pinecone or use it all over. I use a gel glue and then sprinkle the glitter over the pinecone outside. Make sure to shake the excess glitter off and allow it to dry.
Naked and Scented
Even without any adornments, pinecones are elegant decorations. However, I like to scent them with some essential oils. Simply shake a few drops of cinnamon or peppermint essential oils on the pinecones and then place in a plastic bag. Leave the pinecones in a sealed plastic bag for several days so the scent can permeate the pinecones.
Take a thin piece of lace (1-2 centimeters) and weave it through the pinecone. Start at the top and work your way to the bottom. Tuck the excess lace in the pinecone. You could also use tulle or any sparkly ribbon.
Take some small red, green, silver or gold adhesive gems and apply one to the edge of each pinecone scale. I think this looks best if the gems are all one color. You can also glue small glass beads onto your pinecones.
Decorating pinecones for Christmas is a great way to deck the halls. Take your finished pinecones and set them on the mantle, in a bowl on a table or hang them by ribbons from the windows. These decorations will make your home merry and bright.
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