Monday, December 3, 2012

Frosted Holiday Pine Cones Tutorial

Frosted Holiday Pine Cone

I saw these lovely acorns on Carolyn's Homework and was so inspired I decided to try out the same technique on pine cones.  Thank goodness I had tons left over from last year!

Here's how I made them:
Frosted Holiday Pine Cones

Materials:
Pine Cones
Spray Paint
Acrylic Craft Paint
Foam Brush
Modge Podge, or Elmer's Glue
Epsom Salt

Step 1:  Wash and dry your pine cones. You can even bake them in the oven to make sure they're really clean :)

Step 2: Give the pine cones a coat of spray paint in the color of your choice.  Let dry.

Step 3: Lightly brush various colors of acrylic craft paint onto the tips of the pine cones and let dry.
 (This is optional. The pine cones still look great without this step, but this gives them a little extra something.)

Spray Painted Pine Cones
Blue Pine Cone

Step 4:  Brush on some Modge Podge or Elmer's Glue onto the tips and bottom of the pine cone.  

Step 5:  Immediately roll the modge-podged pine cone in a bowl of Epsom Salt to "frost" the edges.
Epsom Salt Frosted Fine Cones

Step 6:  Let the modge podge and salts dry on the pine cone.  Gently shake the pine cones to remove loose salt.
Epsom Salt Frosted Fine Cones

Now that I've made all these little beauties, I'm trying to figure out how best to use them.  A wreath maybe?  These can be messy so I'm not sure. I may just leave some out in a nice bowl on the table instead :)
Painted and Frosted Pine Cones
Painted and Frosted Pine Cones

9 comments :

  1. What a fun project! I love pinecones as decorations for Christmas! When I was little, we used to put them in our Christmas tree!

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  2. These are so cute. I loved that you add some color to them too. Great idea.

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  3. Pretty! I almost spray painted pine cones this year, but I had them next to some gold ornaments, so I thought it might be too much bling. But I love these, so maybe next year....

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  4. So cute!! I love this simple idea!! Come share with my followers :)
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    Nancy

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  5. These are lovely! Great job! Would love if you’d join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Happy weekend! :) http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/2012_12_04_archive.html

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  6. These are so fun I love the combination of nature with a splash of retro (the paint colors) I am going to have to make some for my house.

    Thanks for sharing your tallent
    Caroline

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  7. Thanks for sharing your tutorial and I've got this linked to my pine cones post too today! Happy Holidays!!

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