Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pinecone Decor: How to clean and dry pine cones for crafts

Awhile back I shared how to clean and dry acorns so they can be used - bug-free - for crafting and decorating.  If the acorn is nature's symbol for fall, then pine cones are winter's.  So, now it's time to talk about pinecone decor and how to clean and dry them so you can use them in all of your late fall and winter decor including pine cone wreaths, table-scapes, garland, etc.

The process to dry pinecones is very similar to acorns in that you want to bake them to kill off any bugs that might be making a home in your next craft project.  Unlike acorns, however, you do not want to wash them before you dry them in the oven.   Pine cones close up when they are wet and are open when they are dry...and you definitely want the scales as open as possible when using them for crafting and decorating.


So just leave the pine cones dry, put them on a foil-covered baking sheet and spread the pine cones out in a single layer.  Bake them in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees for about 20-30 minutes.   Now anything living in there won't come crawling out.  You can leave them like this - but I prefer to spray them with a little acrylic sealer to give them a little sheen and to protect them a little more as they are pretty fragile.


Now you're ready to make some pine cone decor.   I have lots in the works with my collection of pine cones so be on the lookout.  Here's a little sneak peek of some pine cone crafts that I plan on sharing on the blog in the next few weeks.


Notice how the pine cones are open on the left...the same pine cones on the right after soaking have started to close.

Mini pine cones are my favorite!
How do you like to decorate with pine cones? Share your favorite projects in a comment below or link up a project or two at the Link It or Lump It Link Party!

Thanks for stopping by 2IY! If you like what you see, we'd love for you to pin it!


 photo 23de5266-91bc-4226-85c8-8c74cb4c20ee_zps1313e4f5.jpg


8 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing such an informative work. Meanwhile, here’s also the dry cleaning service singapore delivery you can visit too our website https://www.cottoncare.com.sg offering services in affordable prices. thankyou!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Jsem s české republiky moc mne zajímá jak vyrábíte různé dekorace z šišek .Moc vám fandím Luďka CR

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thank you for the useful interior news. Chances are you also need the information below that I bring to you.
    Nội thất hiện đại

    ReplyDelete
  4. dry cleaning service is cleaning service with the software of chemical solvents and in the absence of water. Before your garments are dry cleaned, they are carefully inspected for stains. Stains, in particular, these refined fabrics, need to be carefully pre-treated earlier than dry cleaning takes place.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I think this is one of the most significant information for me. And i’m glad reading your article. But should remark on some general things, The web site style is perfect, the articles is really great : D. Good job, cheers.
    palm beach island tree service

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hello, I have browsed most of your posts. This post is probably where I got the most useful information for my research. Thanks for posting, maybe we can see more on this. Are you aware of any other websites on this subject?
    water damage restoration companies west palm beach

    ReplyDelete
  7. I think this is one of the most significant information for me. And I’m glad reading your article. But should remark on some general things, The web site style is perfect, the articles is really great: D. Good job, cheers. residential dumpster rental cape coral

    ReplyDelete