This is another ornament/decoration piece I made last year for a white elephant gift exchange, so I don’t have any progress pictures. But it was such a fun, cute, cheap craft that I had to share it with you this year!
A pine cone
Clear spray paint
Large bowl or small bucket
Hot glue gun
Before you can do anything to decorate your pinecone, you need to clean it up and dry it out. First, take your pine cone and brush off all the dirt and bugs that you can. Now it’s time for a good soak. Take bowl and add 1 part vinegar and 3 parts warm water. Soak your pine cone for 30 minutes. Since pine cones tend to float, I dunked it and did 15 minutes on each side. Once you’re done soaking, gently take it out of your mixture, shake it off, and lay it on your towels in a warm, dry space until it’s dry. Mine took about a day. You’ll notice it opening up and expanding a bit.
Now that your pine cone is dried out, it’s time to make your tree! I used green acrylic paint to just cover the tips of the pine cone. This ended up taking a couple of layers to make it thick enough. Then I used other colors to make “ornaments” on my tree. I had this gold bead string laying around, so I hot glued it around my “tree” to make it look like Christmas lights.
For a finishing touch, I found a little star in my craft room that made a perfect tree topper. The best thing about this craft is I already had everything I needed around my house! And I could decorate my tree however I wanted or have multiple trees together. I am so happy with how this turned out 😊 It’s a perfect holiday craft for a cold winter day. As always, if you take any fun pictures or videos, tag me on Instagram @SmileMakePeopleWonder and use the hashtag #DandelionSmiles. Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on the next exciting idea.