|Gold pine cones would make a great Thanksgiving centerpiece|
Note from Ashley: this post first appeared as a guest post by me on Going Home to Roost!
I am so happy to be living in Michigan again, where the pine trees are plentiful. There are fresh pine cones scattered all over our yard and on the side walks of every street on the block. As a former student of physical geography, I can’t help but collect some of them. There are so many ways to decorate with pine cones during the autumn and winter months, and hopefully you won’t have to buy anything to do these projects.
♦ acrylic paint (any color)
♦ spray paint (any color)
♦ craft glue
♦ place cards
♦ small paint brushes
♦ pine cones (found or store bought)
Painting pine cones is really easy, fun, and has a great end product. I’ve had this white pine cone for a couple of years, actually – it’s kept really well. All you need is a paint brush and your favorite color of acrylic paint.
An even quicker way to dress up a pine cone is to spray paint it. Want to go a step further? Toss some glitter on it while the spray paint is still wet. Below I am demonstrating spraying the pine cones black and glittering with Martha Stewart’s Onyx black glitter – perfect for Halloween decor!After they’re painted and dried, I think they look great together in a large vase or bowl. This could even look great if you painted them different complimentary colors.
When the temperatures start to get cooler, give the pine cones a frosty look by painting glue or applying craft glue directly to the edges of the pine cone, and sprinkling immediately with white or clear glitter. Tie string to the stems and hang them in door ways, or place them in a dish together.
|glittered pine cones for winter|
Finally, some people may prefer pine cones just the way they are (I know I do). Here I simply put a pine cone at a table setting, with a dinner guest’s place card lightly tucked into the pine cone itself. This is a thrifty, seasonal, and gorgeous way to dress up a table for a Fall meal and impress your guests.
|pine cone place card holder|
Do you have any interesting ways you have used pine cones in your home? I’d love to know your ideas!