Craft your own paint-dipped pinecone Christmas garland

Creating your own pinecone garland makes a simple yet striking Christmas decoration.

Paint-dipped pine cones

These beautiful paint-dipped pinecones add natural style to your festive decorations. Roll them in white acrylic paint for a stunning frosty finish!

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Materials and tools

  • Small eye screws, 1 per pinecone
  • Pinecones
  • White acrylic craft paint
  • Paper plate, cardboard, or something to put the paint on
  • Thick jute twine
  • Scissors

Method

  1. Gently screw an eye screw into the top of each pinecone. Push firmly down on the screw while twisting it until it catches, then twist it into the pinecone until it is tight. If you just can’t get the screw to go into the pinecone, gently tap it in with a hammer until it catches, then twist it in until tight.
  2. Squirt some white paint onto a piece of cardboard, and spread it into a thin layer.
  3. Roll the pinecones through the paint so that just the edges pick up a touch of white. Set the pinecones aside to dry completely.
  4. Lay out the dry painted pinecones in a line, leaving about
 3 inches between each pinecone. Use the scissors to cut a piece of twine that extends past your pinecone 24 inches on each side. Thread the first pinecone onto the twine using the eye screw. Move it 12 inches from the far end of the twine, and tie a knot around the eye screw to secure it in place.
  5. Thread another pinecone onto the twine. Move it just over
 3 inches from the previous pinecone, and tie a knot around the eye screw to secure it in place.
  6. Continue adding pinecones by repeating step 5 until all pine- cones have been tied onto the twine. If more than 12 inches of twine is leftover after the last pinecone is tied on, trim the end of the twine to a length of 12 inches.
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*(c)2016 By Melissa Bahen. All rights reserved. Excerpted from Scandinavian Gatherings; From Afternoon Fika to Midsummer Feast 70 SIMPLE RECIPES & CRAFTS FOR EVERYDAY CELEBRATIONS: 70 Simple Recipes and Crafts for Everyday Celebrations by permission of Sasquatch Books.