Yes, I’m getting started with Christmas early this year. Every year I wait until after Thanksgiving and then I feel rushed and pressured. Not this year. I vowed to start with a few DIY Christmas decor projects and these bleached and glittered pine cones are a favorite of mine. Pine cones are special at the holidays since they do come from Christmas trees! I put my own little twist on the proverbial pine cone ornament by first giving them a bleach bath before dressing them up with glitter and iridescent ribbon.
First thing you need to do is gather your pine cones.
Gather them from the ground under a pine tree … or purchase them at a craft store.
Soak the pine cones in a bleach solution for 24 hours using a ratio of 2 parts bleach and 1 part water. You can do this in mason jars with lids on, or place them in a big bowl with a plate on top to keep the pine cones from floating.
Water will make the pine cones close up, just like the painted pine cones I shared earlier.
After 24 hours, rinse the pine cones … they might still look dark at this point. Place them in an 250 degree oven for about an hour. The heat will cause the pine cones to open back up and lighten in color. They should be a very light brown or tan.
Once the pine cones have cooled off, apply Mod Podge using an artist’s brush.
If you want really glittery pine cone ornaments, make sure you brush Mod Podge on both the top and bottom of the cone scales.
Next comes the fun part! Sprinkle glitter on the pine cone, turning it over to get the undersides of the scales.
Gently shake off excess glitter. Be sure not to shake too hard because you want most of the glitter to stick.
After the glue dries, you can shake them again and reuse any glitter that didn’t adhere to the pine cone.
Next, tie pretty bows, leaving a big loop to hang your pine cone ornaments.
Use a hot glue gun to attach the bows to the base of the pine cones.
I chose white iridescent ribbon but any color or type of ribbon will do.
A paler shade of its former self, the rustic pine cone is now glamorous and all blinged out!
I love how the glitter catches the light. So pretty!
I hung the glittery pine cone ornaments from branches off my dogwood bush.
I love the red of the branches … perfect for the holiday season.
A few glittery stars help to amp up the glam factor.
I have another idea brewing in my head for these pine cone ornaments so stay tuned!
If you’re ready for more Christmas inspiration, enter my giveaway for the new Creatively Christmas book!
And if you’re not ready for Christmas, you can see the Fall Leaf Place Cards I’m sharing today over at Jennifer Rizzo’s blog! You can use them for Thanksgiving or any Fall dinner you might be hosting.
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