Painted Pinecone Flower Arrangement Tutorial
I have a thing for pinecones. I don’t know what it is, I just find them to be incredibly charming. I’m also not a very colorful person and prefer neutral colors. If you saw my home you’d know what I mean– lots of beige, and then you walk in the next room to find even more beige.
I’ve been wanting to make these pinecone flowers for a while now, but couldn’t figure out how I was going to make the stems. I knew I was going to use skewers, but then how do I attach them to the pinecones? Then it hit me. A drill! If I could just drill a shallow hole in the bottom of each pine cone, then I’m certain that a little hot glue would hold the skewer stems in place. It worked like a charm.
I made these pinecone flowers for Christmas, but you could decorate them for just about any occasion.
- long wooden skewers (mine were 12 inches)
- hot glue
- a 3/16 inch drill bit
- paint supplies (optional)
- a vase (about 6 inches tall)
- floral foam
1Start off by drilling a shallow hole in the bottom of each pinecone. You just need it deep enough to secure the wooden skewer with hot glue.
2Paint the pinecones in the colors of your choice. I chose to paint only the tips of my pinecones because I think it looks more rustic and natural (I’m also lazy).
I left a few of them unpainted as well.
3Once the paint has dried, place a generous amount of hot glue into the pre-drilled holes and then immediately place the flat side of your skewers inside. I held each skewer in place for about 20 seconds before moving on to the next to ensure that it dried in place.
4If you plan on arranging these in a vase, I recommend placing a piece of floral foam onto the bottom of your vase to keep your pinecone flowers obedient.
5Start by placing a full length pinecone stem directly into the middle of the foam, and then trim the rest of the skewers as needed to create a natural looking arrangement. I also added in some faux white berry filler once I was finished. I think it makes a big difference!
I made these as part of my Christmas decor, but you could easily make something really stunning for fall by adding faux autumn leaves and using fall inspired paint colors.
This project actually turned out much better than I had anticipated! It was cheap, easy and fun to make. I love the way this pinecone vase looks on the coffee table in my living room. I may just have to make a non-holiday themed pinecone arrangement for the rest of the year.
You could also just use a few of these stemmed pinecone flowers to add to a vase of fresh flowers.
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