Paint Cheap and Cute Pinecone Ornaments

Pinecone ornaments

We’re all about pinecones around here. They look so cute as vase fillers, and even cuter as Christmas tree decorations! Here’s how to make cute flocked pinecone ornaments.

The stuff you’ll need:

  • Pinecones: Use scented ones from a craft store, or the best and cheapest option – collect them from nature!
  • White craft acrylic paint
  • Small paint brush
  • Low gauge floral wire  (26 gauge)


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1. Grab some floral wire and big pinecones: We collected pinecones and baked them (see the post on that here). Then I grabbed some low gauge floral wire, left over from our wedding floral, and looped it to create a hook for the pinecones. Twist the wire over the top couple of layers of pinecone.


2. Get some cheap craft paint and go to town: Start from the bottom and work your way up, using white paint and a cheap little paintbrush to paint the edges of each pinecone.  I dabbed the paint on to make it look like snow fell on each edge. Starting from the bottom makes it easier to hold the pinecone (which I didn’t do on this particular pine cone, making for paint-covered fingers!)


3. Add glitter (if you’re into shiny things – which I am): I didn’t have any glitter on hand, but you can always sprinkle silver or gold glitter while the paint is still wet.


4. Hang on the tree: Enjoy your (almost) free ornaments! We hung them all over our tree to add texture and a really rustic look to an otherwise very shiny tree.


What kinds of things have you decorated using pinecones? Comment and let me know – I’d love to hear what other decor lovers are doing! 


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