Did you ever collect pinecones as a kid? Or maybe even as an adult? Our next door neighbor has two very large pine trees in his backyard right next to the fence. So, every fall, we end up with quite a few fallen pinecones in our backyard. Pinecones have long been used as autumn and winter decor, but I wanted to do something that would allow me to use some of my backyard pinecones year round. I decided to spray paint some and put them on display. It was incredibly easy to do, and they turned out so pretty, I thought I would share my simple tutorial on how to spray paint pinecones.
When I started this project, I had no idea where I was going to display them. My mom had given me a large apothecary jar ages ago that I had never made use of. I thought it would be perfect to fill with painted pinecones, I just didn’t know where I was going to put it. So, I simply picked a few colors that I love and assumed I would be able to find a place for them at some point. Maybe not the best way to go about it, but fortunately, I did end up finding the perfect place.
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After collecting a number of pinecones from the yard, the first thing I did was soak them briefly, just to make sure that they were clean and critter free. Simply soak the pinecones in a sink full of warm soapy water for 10-15 minutes. Then, lay them out on a towel, or some paper towels, to dry out.
Once they are completely dry, it’s on to the painting. I laid out a canvas drop cloth in my garage for this part.
At first, I thought it would be best to prop them up for painting. I was afraid if I just laid them down on the drop cloth to paint that they would get stuck and the paint would peel off. So, I cut up a few toilet paper rolls to set them on.
I actually found this method fairly difficult, though. It was tough to get the pinecones to balance perfectly on the paper roll. I also couldn’t get too close with the paint can because the force would knock them over. So, I was unable to really get down into the cracks and crevices of the pinecones.
So, after giving them a coat or two, I decided to try just laying them down on the tarp. And guess what? It wasn’t a problem at all! It allowed me to get close and paint down into all of the cracks, and I didn’t have trouble with them getting stuck to the cloth.
I chose fairly light, pastel colors. So, it did take a number of coats to cover them sufficiently. After getting them coated, though, and filling up my apothecary jar, I was quite pleased with the result.
Plus, we were in the process of redecorating our guest room, and the colors just so happened to fit perfectly in there. 🙂
So, if you are looking for an easy, and unique, craft, this one fits the bill perfectly.