What a rainy week it has been. We thought we’d never see the sun! Fortunately, we know that the key to combating the weather is to create! Today we’re sharing the perfect rainy or chilly day activity: painted pinecones. Keep reading to see how we turned them into a garland that’s perfect for Fall and Winter…
pinecones_3Painting pinecones, believe it or not, is a very calming activity. A faster way to decorate pinecones is by dipping the entire thing in paint and letting it dry. The outcome is super cute, but we were looking for just a touch of metallic, while still keeping an earthy feel.

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Supplies: pinecones, floral wire, metallic acrylic paint, a paint brush, and clear cord.

Directions:
1. Cut about 6-8 inches of floral wire. Wrap it around the base of a pinecone (between the bottom layer and the second-from-the-bottom layer) once. Cross the two ends of wire as they pass each other and bend them up towards the base of the pinecone, opposite each other. Twist the ends together on the center of the base. Create a loop with the ends of the wire by wrapping them around a pen as many times as they’ll go. Slide the loop off the pen.
2. Now that you have loops on all the pinecones, you have a place to grip them while you paint!  We painted the entire bottom of the pinecone, but only the outer tips of each scale, top and bottom.
3. When the paint is dry, string the pinecones onto the clear cord and hang your garland!

DIY Metallic Painted Pinecone Garland | Vicky Barone

DIY Metallic Painted Pinecone Garland | Vicky Barone

DIY Metallic Painted Pinecone Garland | Vicky Barone

DIY Metallic Painted Pinecone Garland | Vicky Barone

To make a cluster of pinecones, we pushed them to the center of the cord, letting them rest on top of one another (see above photo).

DIY Metallic Painted Pinecone Garland | Vicky Barone

DIY Metallic Painted Pinecone Garland | Vicky Barone

Hang this garland on your mantle or wrap it around your Christmas tree – the possibilities are truly endless. You could even just paint the pinecones and not add floral wire. They would look great scattered down the table runner on your Thanksgiving table or in a pretty bowl in the center of your coffee table.