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5 Best Ways To Paint Pinecones

Brighten up your tables for any season with this easy craft project and get the scoop on 5 best ways to paint pinecones.

Colorful painted pinecones:5 Best Ways To Paint Pinecones

Pinecones are amazing treasures of nature. You can do so many things with them. On my walks I taken advantage of picking the pinecones I find. There are big ones, medium size and small ones. They make great decor accents for any season. So if you are searching for ideas to jazz up your decor in a nature inspired way, or even teach your kids some fun painting projects with nature. Your in for a treat with this craft.

Supplies Needed To Paint Pinecones

  • Different color paints ( I used my leftover paint from DecoArt)
  • Pinecones of various sizes
  • Spray Paint ( any color you like, I used white as base coat)
  • Clothes hanger (to pick up the pinecones)
  • Old bowls or cups in different sizes
  • Paint brushes (artist brushes to get into crevices)
Supplies for painted pinecones5 Best Ways To Paint Pinecones

To begin make sure you organized all your supplies on a large table. I use a paint canvas to protect the table from the paint and dry the painted pinecones on it.

  1. Pour paint on top of the pinecone to cover it completely. Use your artist brush to paint all the spots that are not covered. Take the clothes hanger and pick up the pinecone to place in another bowl to dry. That way some of the paint will drip into the bowl.

2. Spray paint the pinecones white to give it a base. You can keep it white or spray paint them any colors. It’s a easy way to paint pinecones.

3. Take a natural pinecone and paint highlights of paint exposing some of the natural pinecone leaves. I used DecoArt paint washes that come in many colors

Paint the tips of pinecones:5 Best Ways To Paint Pinecones

4. Paint the tips of the pinecone only and keep the rest natural or you can paint the spray painted ones tips as well. I used a Lavender color wash by DecoArt

5. Pour different colors over the pinecone for a multi color design.

I had so much fun painting these even my grands helped. TIP: Make sure you let the pinecones drip much of the paint into the cup, otherwise you can get patches of thick semi-dry paint. I learned that the hard way!

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  1. I like the post, very creative way of decorating using pine cones. I will have to give this a try!

  2. What a great idea. They turned out very pretty!

  3. This is so CUTE! I was wanting to do some projects with pine-cones with the kids and this gave me so many GREAT ideas ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you!

    1. Thanks so much! I’ll be back visiting your site soon!

      Hugs Maria

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  4. Very cool idea, I am lazy so I think I would go for the spray paint with some colour on the tips. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

  5. Awww the look of concentration on your grandbabies’ faces is so precious. I bet they can’t wait to come to visit with all the fun things you guys always do together. Oh and thanks for the tip on paint drips. I wouldn’t have thought of that ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. So pretty; I’ve painted acorns but have yet to do pinecone. I just try this!

  7. Such fun…I use tons of pine cones in my own decorating!

  8. Thanks for all the tips and tricks for painting pine cones. I have some dried out and ready to paint on my back porch. So I will definitely use your tutorial.
    It sure looked like you had fun with your grands, too ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. You have the most wonderful ideas and great insight on decor and instructions for DIY crafts! I am especially intrigued by the pine cone painting, since I live in a world absolutely surrounded by pine trees. I have always thought that there MUST BE something to do with all of these pine cones!! Thank you!!

  10. Charlotte says:

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