Painted Pinecone Garland {A Simple Christmas Craft Project}

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As promised, I’m sharing how I made the painted pinecone garland that I showed you in my Simple Christmas Vignette post.

With Christmas only 11 days away, any decorating project from here on out must have the following criteria: minimal effort, time and expense.

The only supplies you need are pinecones, spray primer, spray paint, jute twine, and hot glue.


Before painting, the pinecones need to be completely dry and free of bugs. {Yes…bugs. This is why we have a fake Christmas tree. Long story, but it involves an emotionally traumatic event with an eight-legged creature. I digress.}

Allison of House of Hepworths shared this post on how to debug pine cones by baking them in a 200-degree oven for 45 minutes. I also put them on a pan that was lined with aluminum foil.

I let the pinecones cool and then primed them with a white spray primer. Don’t skip the primer! I tried to skip the primer on my first attempt and it took four coats of spray paint whereas the primed pine cones only took two coats.

I let the paint dry for a couple of hours and then attached them to the twine with hot glue.

Then I measured and spaced the next one to two inches apart.

I love how it brings a bit of color into the vignette!

And it clearly fits my impatient/frugal/ADD decorating personality. What other uses have you seen for painted pinecones?

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  2. great minds think alike, friend! i shared a similar project on my blog on december 12 – haha!!!!

    too funny!

    hope you’re well and enjoying this season!


  3. This is so cute! I would not have even thought about de-bugging the pinecones. Thanks for the tip! I have access to tons of pinecones- what a great way to use them. Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

  4. Okay I have a pine tree phobia but I can handle the cones! They look amazing!

  5. I love this garland!!! Honestly, it’s my kind of project: easy, inexpensive, readily available supplies…and did I mention, easy! 🙂

    Really, really striking.

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

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