I collected these beautiful pinecones from my neighbor’s yard ( with permission of course )
Aren’t they beautiful? I wanted to do something special with them so I came up with three different ways to do some holiday decorating with these lovely pinecones.
- Your choice of spray paint. I used Valspar Metallic Silver Spray Paint & Rust-oleum Red lacquer. *a side note, I LOVE this Valspar Silver Spray Paint. If you want a bright silver finish this is the spray paint for your project.
- Metal screw eyes
- German Glass Glitter
- Aleenes Tacky Glue
- Small brush
- Foam Plate
A note about bugs 🙁 I saw several posts on Pinterest about debugging your pinecones before using them in your home. I pretty much skipped over those because well I was just hoping there were no bugs in mine 🙂 Silly I know. I soon found out that I should have NOT skipped this step 🙂 Once I started to spray paint the pinecones several Beatle’s ran out. So in hindsight, I would recommend washing pinecones in castile soap or dish detergent, rinse and allow to dry. Some of the Pinterest posts recommended baking your pinecones in the oven to kill the bugs but I just thought this was a slow cruel way to die. Ok enough about bugs 🙂 Onto making pretty things.
The first thing I did was to apply the screw hooks into the tops of the pinecones. This will allow you to hang your pinecones with ribbon. I spray painted mine the same color to match.
Next, I spray painted the pinecones and allowed them to dry. They looked pretty once painted but I wanted to make them extra special by adding German Glass Glitter to the edges. I used Ruby Red German Glass Glitter, Pure Silver German Glass Glitter, Sheer Frost German Glass Glitter. I used a small artist brush to apply Allene’s tacky glue to the areas that I wanted the glitter to adhere. Next, I held the pinecone over a foam plate and used a spoon to pour the glitter over the glued areas. Set them aside to dry.
Here is a simple video about how to apply German Glass Glitter. It’s super easy and simple and the result is so pretty!!!
Once I got started with glittering I couldn’t stop!!!It’s addictive. I got carried away and made three-holiday decorations.
I added a little holiday cheer to our front door by hanging a red glittered pinecone to our doorknob. Once packaged up in a cellophane bag with a pretty ribbon this would make a cute neighbor gift.
Next, I painted and glittered these lovely little pinecones to make special handmade Christmas tree ornaments. Simple but lovely and once packaged up would make a lovely hostess gift as well.
I love the way a little paint and glitter can make something so fancy!!! I painted the first one with Rust-oleum Red Laquer and Ruby Red German Glass Glitter. Next, I painted this one with Valspar Silver metallic paint and applied Silver Star German Glass Glitter and the last one I left natural and added Sheer Frost German Glass Glitter, it looks like freshly fallen snow. It’s very pretty!
I added a glittered pinecone to make a hostess gift extra special.
I used a jute bag with a burlap red stripe ribbon to create a gift bag for a bottle of wine. I wrapped jute twine around the pinecone stem and then tied it to the burlap ribbon. This pinecone was left natural with a little bit of Sheer Frost German Glass Glitter aplied to the edges.
I hope these projects have inspired you to get out and collect some pinecones for your holiday decorating.
Need more inspiration and ideas for Holiday Pinecone Projects? Please visit the very talented bloggers listed below. They have put together some very creative projects for you to enjoy!!!