In between cleaning house, prepping my Thanksgiving menu, decorating a kids table, and all the other every day things, I am also trying to prepare for Christmas decorating!
I plan on making a lot of homemade decorations this year along with using many things from nature too and I don’t want the decorating to drag on for days and weeks when we get down the tree and boxes next weekend. So I am trying to get some of it done now so it is ready to put up when the tree is ready!
I picked up a bunch of pinecones at my in-laws house last week and baked them (250 degrees for 30 minutes) to remove all the potential bugs.
Then I thought I would experiment with 3 different ways to paint them and see which one I liked best. But I can’t decide so I need YOUR help!
I painted just the tip of these pinecones with white paint. (I would probably sprinkle them with Epsom salt as well but that is packed away in my Christmas stuff right now.)
This to me is the most natural looking method.
I dipped this pinecone all the way down into paint and let it drain off. It took a good bit of paint to do this! But I LOVE this look! I can also imagine this done in other colors as well. (And if I attached some wire to the top, I would dip it all the way into the paint so the whole thing would be covered.)
These could be done in any color, like these… So pretty!
Then these pinecones were spray painted. One coat of white primer and 2 light coats of white spray paint. They actually look a little more gray in person since the spray paint doesn’t cover extremely well.
And here’s some closeups.
Paint dipped pinecones
Painted just the tips.
And spray painted. See how they sort of look gray or shimmery? They aren’t completely white.
By the way an easy way to hang pinecones is to screw a little hook like this into the top of the pinecone.
Then you can slip some ribbon or jute or whatever you want through it to hang them on your tree, on a garland or however you want to display them.
So which one is YOUR favorite? Which one should I do for my tree?