Pinecones are naturally perfect for Christmas decor. When you give them a bleach treatment, you’ll have parchment-colored pinecones to add rustic style to your holiday decorations.
Follow these simple steps to make bleached pinecones: it’s as simple as giving pinecones an overnight bleach bath and letting them dry. Once they’re finished, use wire and ribbon to create a pinecone cluster for your front door or mantelpiece.
Pick up pinecones from your own yard, or ask friends for pinecones from theirs. After high winds and rainstorms, there’s always a fresh crop of pinecones under stands of pine trees. This is a low-cost, simple project requiring just a few items: pinecones (which should be free), bleach, a bucket, water and gloves.
A soak in a bleach solution is followed by a day or so in the sun. After that time, use them in your home decor, heaped into trays or baskets in your home, indoors or outside. Bleached pinecones are lovely in our holiday garland project.
Make a Pinecone Cluster:
1. Wrap floral wire in a 2-inch circle around the base of the pinecone. Use a hot glue gun to attach a 10-inch ribbon to the pinecone and let dry. Fold the wide ribbon over the wire and tie off with a smaller ribbon bow. Cut off the wire.
2. Pull all the ribbons together and knot. Top with a wired ribbon bow. Use a Command hook to hang your pinecone cluster.
Materials and Tools
- Bleached pinecones
- Floral wire
- Satin ribbon, 1-inch wide
- Ribbon, 1/4-inch wide
- Wired ribbon
- Command hook