Got extra paint from a home project? Put it to work by dyeing pinecones and displaying them around the house. Here's how!

November 10, 2017

Baskets of pinecones make lovely winter decor, but painting them in bright, fun colors brings a touch of modern to a traditionally rustic decoration. The secret to getting full paint coverage with no mess is using wire to dip dye them rather than brushing it on. We'll show you how!

What You Need

  • Paint
  • Pinecones
  • Wax paper
  • Wire
  • Pliers or wire cutters
  • Cups
  • Water
  • Disposable plastic forks

Step 1: Prep Drying Rack

Before starting, place wax paper on a tray to use as a drying rack.

Step 2: Cut Wire

Cut pieces of wire long enough to wrap around each pinecone. Leave a small length of wire trailing to use as a handle.

Step 3: Mix Paint

Pour some paint into a cup, then dilute with water. Use a ratio of 1 part water to 4 parts paint. Use a plastic fork to mix well.

Step 4: Dip the Pinecones

Holding by the wire end, dip each pinecone into the paint and let dry on the wax paper.

Step 5: Complete Pinecones

When the pinecones have fully dried, remove wires.

And you're all set! Your new décor has lots of uses: Make a batch in a color scheme that matches a room to add texture. Hang them up as a garland, or arrange them in a bowl. Experiment with colors for different holidays besides Christmas. Try orange, purple, and black for Halloween, or pretty pastels for spring. The colorful pinecones will add visual interest to any space!


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