Are you a Pinterest fanatic pinning all these great ideas but never doing any of them? My new Painted Pines Cones are inspired by a Pin I saved years ago!
My inspiration project, on Pinterest of course, are Pine cones painted to resemble zinnia flowers with only the yellow center. I decided to add the red center surrounded by yellow which is characteristic of many zinnia. I also used pine cones with larger bottoms since that is what graces our yard.
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Living in Georgia, we have lots of pine trees. There is an abundance of pine cones in our yard. Yay for free decor items, right!
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CUT THE PINE CONES
The first thing to do is cut the pine cone. We used our loppers, like these (affiliate) which made the job quick and easy. The finished painted pine cones will fit better into a bowl or container when they are cut. I also made sure to pick up some tiny ones. The tiny painted pine cones are so adorable.
SPRAY PAINT OR PAINT BY HAND
Only a few were painted by hand. The rest were spray painted.I found painting pine cones by hand to be therapeutic. Of course all the centers were painted by hand. One coat worked for the centers.
Paint Colors I Used (all are linked with Amazon affiliate links)
Acrylic Craft Paint
- Rust-oleum Seaside Gloss
- Rust-oleum Real Orange Gloss
- Valspar Gloss Frosty Berry (pink)
- Valspar Flat Sumptuous Purple
The Cherry Blossom Pink and Wild Green are flat and rather chalky looking. Originally I planned to spray them with lacquer but decided against it because I love the colors so much.
The zinnia centers are painted with DecoArt True Red and Bright Yellow.
In order to achieve the bright vibrant colors I wanted, I used two coats each to paint the pine cones with both spray or acrylic paint.
My Painted Pine Cones are displayed in a two tier wire basket like this one I found on Amazon. (affiliate link)
ALMOST FREE HOME DECOR
The price was right for this project. It was basically free since I used paint from my craft room stash and the pine cones were in my yard!
I made sure the pine cones were bug free but I did not bleach them as I have seen some folks do. I use a large paint brush to clean them so it would get down inside well and wipe out any bugs which may have been in there. I did all of the cleaning and spray painting outside.