Festive Pine Cones

In a bizarre fit of insanity I thought it would be a good idea to take the girls hunting for pine cones so we could decorate them. I am not very craftsy. I cannot be bothered with the clear up or the mess, so I surprised myself when the suggestion passed my lips… Of course there was no going back on it by this point!

There aren’t any pine trees that close to our house so I figured I would pair it up with an afternoons walk in the woods which always goes down well with the girls. Our local woodland is made up mostly of pine trees so the floor was completely littered with cones. The girls had a bag each to fill with pine cones and they loved picking the best ones they could find.

It had been raining for the couple of days before our little hunt so the cones were completely soaked (plus it is a popular dog walking area so I dread to think what else was on some of them). Once back home I washed them as thoroughly as I could and then put them on foil lined baking trays ready for the oven. I baked them for what seemed like hours (it was probably only an hour) at 150oC. Slowly but surely they dried out and opened up nicely.

I set the table up ready for decorating them… Note to self: Do not buy ‘The Sun’ newspaper for crafts. It might be cheap but it is full of scantily clad women… Strategic positioning of each page got a little tedious!

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We painted each with some glue and then rolled them in glitter. It was actually a lot of fun. I then remembered I had some metallic spray paint left over from a little decorating project earlier in the year. I saved some cones for myself and then sprayed them bronze. These actually worked really well and are my favourite ones.

Despite my initial reservations I am really pleased with how they turned out.

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12 Comments

  1. November 19, 2016 / 3:39 am

    Love this. A nice little day out and then craft at home. I’m not crafty either (also hate the mess and the clean up). Looks like it was worth it tho! Love the bronze ones x

    • November 19, 2016 / 2:37 pm

      It really was worth it. I will definitely do it again with the girls X

  2. November 19, 2016 / 10:24 am

    This is fab. I had been planning on doing this with my daughter but not gotten around to it yet. I’m not crafty at all but I’m really looking forward to it anyway. Yours look amazing.
    #fortheloveofBLOG

    • November 19, 2016 / 2:36 pm

      I surprised myself I have to say. It was really good fun.

  3. mydangli
    November 19, 2016 / 8:15 pm

    Oh what a great idea! I love being creative and I’m planning a little Christmas decoration, think I’m going to copy your plan with the pine cones, they look lovely! And sounds like your girls had a lovely time, can’t wait for my little boy to be old enough to start enjoying things like this… albeit it might be a lot less neat at the hands of a boy 😉 #fortheloveofBlog

    • November 21, 2016 / 9:49 am

      Hehe! It may well be less neat but I’m sure it will be just as fun X

  4. aliduke79hotmailcom
    November 20, 2016 / 10:44 am

    They look lovely. I have some metallic paint, so I might just give this a go 🙂
    #fortheloveofBLOG

    • November 21, 2016 / 9:43 am

      It was surprisingly satisfying X

  5. twotinyhands
    November 22, 2016 / 6:10 am

    I love this! Thinking about it I don’t think I’ve seen any pine cones this year yet! I’d never have thought to put them in the oven to dry I’d have left them on the side to dry. Great you got some fresh air and they look really good. Well done on embracing your inner craft!! Thanks for link to #fortheloveofblog

    • November 22, 2016 / 8:55 am

      It felt like it too forever in the oven but they were so wet I think it would have taken a couple of days on the side. It was worth rushing it along with impatient toddlers wanting to use glitter. X

  6. November 27, 2016 / 4:55 pm

    It was a fab idea to go pine cone hunting. I remember doing this as a child and how much fun I used to have. You can’t go wrong with a pine cone and glitter 🙂 Thank you for sharing with the #DreamTeam, and also reminding me to do this. xx

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