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This painted pine cones project came out of nowhere. I was on a walk and picked up a Douglas fir pine cone because I thought it was cute. Later on in the day, I was going to take a picture of it when I noticed the little pieces on it looked like tulips. I wondered what they would look like if I painted them pink so I pulled out the paint and well, this is what happened: another simple tutorial for you!
I picked up several more pine cones in the days that followed so I could paint them and put them in a bowl for a spring-like centerpiece for our table. I love the tulip look with the pine cones–reminds me of spring! For those of us who live in or near the forest, pine cones can be somewhat annoying at times because like pine needles, there are so many lying on the ground. Hopefully this craft will help you put some of those pine cones to good use!
How to Make Your Own Painted Pine Cones Centerpiece
Douglas Fir pine cones (as many as you want)
Paint (I used my trusty fabric paint; you can use acrylics)
Small paint brush
Make sure your pine cones are free from dirt or any kind of spider webs, etc. I was pretty choosy with the ones I brought home. Also note that the “tulips” on these cones are incredibly fragile so when you are out collecting, be careful to not crush them. I didn’t realize this at first and just tossed them all into a bag. Oops.
Carefully paint a layer of paint onto the “tulip” part of the cone. Paint one side at a time so the paint has time to dry. You can paint your pine cones in several different colors. I ended up liking pink the best.
You probably could use your hot glue gun to glue these into a wreath but I’m on a hot glue gun break this week. :) I need to save the glue for a cute Flower Barrette tutorial I’ll be sharing next Monday.
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