Create festive winter decor with just pinecones, craft paint & jute. Simple DIY Winter Decor; Pinecone Christmas Garland.
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My seven year old has always loved pinecones. In fact, he very proudly collects them and as luck would have it we have a pine tree in our front yard. Which means I have an endless supply of pinecones. Therefore it was rather easy for me to create this Simple DIY Winter Decor.
Pinecone Christmas Garland
Simple DIY Winter Decor
- Green Craft Paint
- Sponge Paint Brush
- Wine Corks
- Star Charms (if desired)
- Hot Glue
- Jute or Twine
Simple DIY Winter Decor Directions:
First things first, clean the pinecones. Place pinecones in a bucket (or sink), fill the bucket with 1 part vinegar 4-5 parts water then allow the pinecones to soak for one hour. Next, drain the solution and remove water from the pinecones by shaking them outside and/or patting them dry with a towel.
Preheat oven to 200 degrees then prepare a baking sheet with a piece of aluminum foil. Place the pinecones on the pan and bake them in the oven for two hours. Any sap that has found it’s home on the pinecones should drip off while the pinecones dry out in the oven.
When the pinecones are completely dry use a sponge paintbrush to paint the pinecones green. It is not necessary that the pinecones are solid green rather simple sponge dabs will achieve a great look.
While the paint dries on the pinecones use a utility knife to cut wine corks in half. Next, use hot glue to secure a wine cork half to the bottom of each pinecone. If stars are desired, clip the hooks off of them then add a dab of hot glue to the top of each pinecone and secure the star charm tree topper.
After your pinecone Christmas trees are prepared with wine corks and stars it is time to string them on the jute to create garland. Measure out the jute to your desired length calculating in the number of pinecones and the distance you would like between each adorable pinecone tree then add 1 1/2 inch per pinecone as the jute will be wrapped around the pinecones.
Next, wrap the center of the strand of jute around the top of one pinecone. Gently press the string between the layers to get the string as close to the core as possible before wrapping the string around the pinecone to secure it. Repeat the wrapping steps to add all of the pinecone Christmas trees to the jute then hang your festive garland and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year!