Pine cones are a holiday decorating staple, autumn, thanksgiving, Christmas and winter. Here’s how to DIY gold dip them for a glam look to your decorations.
I’ve never been a red-and-green Christmas sort of girl. My old single-girl condo was decorated for the holidays with a winter wonderland of white and silver and blue and lime green. This year, I’m going natural glam — more natural materials like wood, pinecones, burlap, and twine with elements of silver, gold, and glitter. I can use a lot of things I already have, and do some crafting to fill in the gaps.
I’m still waiting until after Thanksgiving to decorate our house, but it was such a nice day outside last weekend that I thought I’d tackle a project I’d been wanting to do for a while. A few weeks ago, I visited my friend Noelle in South Lake Tahoe (yes, Noelle from the soup recipe on Monday). While I was up there, I picked up a bunch of big pine cones from the million that covered her yard.
Baking Pine Cones
Noelle said a friend mentioned baking the pine cones before using them for decor. This serves two purposes:
- It melts and hardens the sap so they are easier and less messy to work with.
- It kills the creepy crawlies that live in pine cones.
So yes, let’s KILL ALL THE THINGS. Set your oven to 200 degrees and put your pine cones on a foil-covered baking sheet. Bake the pine cones for 30 minutes, and then take them out and flip them over. Bake for another 30 minutes. You’ll notice that a lot of the sap has dripped off, and there are probably some dead bugs on the foil.
Take a moment and be thankful those bugs are not crawling around your lovely home. Allow the pine cones to cool and they’re ready to use in your decorating!
Pine Cones Go Glam – DIY!
I love the trend of half-dipping things in paint, like these chairs, this utility jar, and these utensils. I’m not sure why I find it so fabulous, but I thought I’d give dipping pine cones a shot. Except I didn’t want to buy that much gold paint required for dipping, when I could get a can of Rustoleum gold spray paint for $4.
So to get the dipped effect without the actually dipping, I used a plastic bag to cover the top portion of the pine cone, so that the paint would only cover the bottom. I placed the half-covered pine cone upside-down in an old paint can, so that I’d have it all exposed to paint. I was surprised by the good coverage of the spray paint — it didn’t take a million coats.
I did two coats while it was upside down, and then once it was dry I flipped it over and filled in the places I’d missed.
I love how these turned out, and they really give a glitzy holiday feel to a simple natural element. And it cost me a whopping $4 (and I was able to use that same can of spray paint to gold-i-fy some other things that I’ll blog about soon!). Got to love glamour on a budget!
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