Give pinecones a little holiday glam with shimmering glass glitter. This simple upgrade will bring a little sparkle into your home – and it’s so easy…
Pinecones, holly and evergreens, oh my! ‘Tis the season for all decor that’s winter and Christmas related, and pinecones are at the tippy-top of my list when it comes to “quick and easy”.
Collect/buy/gather/scavenge your piney goodies.
Place in cool vessel.
What? Oooohhh….you’re looking for the glittery part. 😉 Ok…
While you *really* don’t need to do anything more than toss these beauties in a bowl or basket, maybe you’ll find yourself wanting to dress them up a little (because after all, what are the holidays without a little sparkle, right)?
In that case, I do have a quick and easy idea for you.
*A note on pinecones*. As I’m sure you know, there are *lots* of different shapes and sizes of pinecones. Use your discretion when choosing your
victims pinecones for this project. The ones I’ve used here are large and they’re more of the “open concept” variety. 😉
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Gather Your Supplies
- newspaper to protect your work surface and to catch excess glitter
- pinecones (if you don’t have easy access to pinecones, Amazon sells them here)
- craft glue
- small paintbrush
- Glass glitter (this is my favorite, but you could use whatever you like)
Now for the Fun Part
In a small bowl, pour in a little glue. Dip your brush in the glue and lightly apply the glue to the outer edges of the pinecone scales (is that even what they’re called?). While the glue is still wet, sprinkle some of your glitter on top and shake off the excess onto the newspaper below.
You did cover your surface with newspaper or something, right? Make sure you do, or you’ll be muttering naughty words under your breath later when you’re trying to clean up. 😉 I used freezer paper, simply because it looks prettier for photos than newspaper.
Work in “layers”, as pictured here. This way, your glue at the top isn’t dry before you’re ready to sprinkle the glitter.
Set your pinecones aside to dry. This is the hard part…the waiting.
Finished Glittered Pinecones
When they’re dry, your options for display are many.
Place them in a pretty bowl, under a cloche (you’ll want to use smaller pinecones for this option), tie on a string and hang in windows where the sunlight will bounce off the glitter and make them sparkle. You could even tie them onto a long string and make a garland from them. The only limit is your own imagination. And don’t forget that sometimes the most beautiful things are the simplest.
Gathering them into this galvanized serving tray is probably my favorite way to display them right now. Such a simple, glimmery centerpiece for my table.
For some, because of their large size, I just randomly placed them on my old dresser in my office. When the sun shines in, they absolutely sparkle.
I’d love to know – what is YOUR favorite way to use pinecones? Need more piney ideas? Check these out: