Friday 19 May 2017

Spring Pine Cones

I'm not into bright colours. I'm the type of person who's outfits are mostly black. The one who's home interior is neutral.

But just lately I've felt the pull of the brightness of spring shades and I've been on the look out for easy and affordable ways to bring spring into our home. 

During our recent visit to Sherwood Pines Gruffalo hunting Joseph and I felt the need to collect a few pine cones, much to Daddy's annoyance! Pine cones are easily associated with Christmas and the festive period but why not give them a spring makeover? 

Painted pine cones

Here's how!

(This craft is ideal for those with slightly older children or even grown ups! Obviously little ones could give it a try but you’ll have to watch them carefully in case of sharp pine cone edges)

You will need
  • Selection of pine cones
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint pot/tray
  • Paint brush
  • Water pot for brush rinsing
  • A table cover or newspaper to protect the crafting area
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Now, as a craft blogger I tend to have a selection of acrylic paints but if you aren’t going to use them often, or even again, consider doing your pine cones in one colour. As long as you use a bright spring colour it will have the same effect!

First pick your colour, squeeze the paint into the pot and paint thoroughly. 

Paint being mixed with a brush in a glass jar

You may find that they need quite a few coats.

Paint in glass jars next to the pine cones painted in the same colour

It’s also a good idea to paint one half first and then the other to avoid your cone getting stuck to the cloth.

Painted pine cones

Once dry arrange as needed and where you would like. These would look fab in a wooden or glass bowl.

Painted pine cones in a black lantern with an led candle

Personally, I arranged mine around an LED candle in one of our lanterns. They look great! Obviously if you consider giving these a try yourself make sure you use an LED candle to avoid any fire hazards!

Painted pine cones in a black lantern with an led candle

Painted pine cones in a black lantern with an led candle


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  1. These look so pretty! Especially in the lantern. My little ones are obsessed with collecting pinecones!

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    1. Awww thanks Vicki and thanks for stopping by my little blog! x

  3. I love pinecones at Christmas and I love the summery twist here!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes :)

  4. Thank you for sharing this, it's awesome! We've painted and decorated cones before but never quite as nicely as this! Totally using our pinecone stash to do this over half term :)


  5. This project looks a lot of fun. #SharingtheBlogLove

  6. Wow they look awesome! I will have to try this with the boys over summer for sure! #sharingthebloglove

  7. I used to do this all the time as a child and I had completely forgotten. I must do this with my girls, they would love it and they look great. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove I also run another linky called #CraftyCorner it's a monthly one for crafts, if you fancy joining that one too x

  8. What a lovely idea, my daughter would love doing this x #sharingthebloglove

  9. Love the colour of these #sharingthebloglove


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