Today I’m showing you how to make a stunning teal pinecone ornament! This handmade ornament tutorial kicks off the 31 Days of Handmade Ornaments Blog Hop: a new handmade ornament tutorial for you every day this month!
It’s October 1st as I type this, and today I have the honor of kicking off the 31 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments Blog Hop!
I love this entire series because every creative blogger that participates comes up with a wonderful DIY ornament that you can make.
That’s why we do this during the month of October, so everyone has a chance to see each of the handmade ornaments and still have enough time to gather supplies and make some of your own!
If you want to see the Bottle Brush Tree Ornament I made last year for this series, you can click here.
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How to make a stunning teal pinecone ornament!
- DecoArt Dazzling Metallics in Teal
- Small Paintbrush
- Plastic lid (or plate) to hold the paint
- Jewelry beads (I used 6 total, each with a hole all the way through the center)
- E6000 Craft Adhesive
- String (to hang)
I’m fortunate that we have pine cones in our backyard, so I can just gather them up when I need them for crafting.
I always rinse them out really well and make sure they are completely dry.
If you don’t have lucky access to pinecones naturally, you still do have luck because pinecones for crafting are now sold in the larger craft stores and even Amazon carries several different kinds.
Paint your pinecones!
Hand-painted pinecones have such a beautiful appearance!
I’m not sure if I have a favorite type of paint to use, because whether I use a matte paint like chalk paint or a brilliant metallic color like I’m using here, the effect is always so pretty!
Paint half of the pinecone at a time.
This makes it easy to hold without getting paint all over your fingers.
Some pinecones remain closed up — like the example above — and these are very easy to paint.
Other pinecones that have opened up take a bit more time to paint — like the one below — as both sides of the pinecone’s scales need to be painted.
Start by painting the pinecone upside down — which is the direction it will hang as an ornament.
Once dry, go back and paint the “other side” of the pinecone scales.
Pinecone “A” (below) has been painted first upside down. This means that the underside of the scales have been painted teal.
Pinecone “B” (below) shows the bottom half of the pinecone with both sides of the scales painted teal.
Let the pinecones dry for several hours — or overnight — before proceeding with the next step.
Attaching beads to pinecones is a decorative way to attach a string for hanging.
I used beads from old jewelry that I had, but you can easily by beads at the craft store in just about any color and shape and style you can imagine!
First, I attached a decorative bead with a bit of E6000 craft adhesive, which is super strong and holds things together well.
Set these aside, propped up against something so they can dry thoroughly.
Once dry, it’s time to add a second bead.
Make sure your second bead has holes, and make sure those holes are visible when you’re attaching the second bead to the first.
Again, prop up your pinecones so that the beads can dry upright.
Let everything dry and cure thoroughly overnight.
For the pinecone that was closed up — I did a slight variation since the bottom had a bit of a dent in it.
For the second bead I used an oval shape that fit perfectly into the little dent.
To finish off the first bead I just added a sequin with a mini adhesive glue dot to cover the hole.
The last step is to add string to hang the ornaments up.
I used decorative blue hemp string threaded through the top bead on each pinecone, tied in a knot.
And that’s it!
31 Days of Handmade Ornaments Blog Hop
Every day during October, you will see a new handmade ornament tutorial from our group of creative bloggers!
Here are all 31 Bloggers in order of their appearance:
Day 1 – Pet Scribbles (you are here!)| Day 2 – Yesterday on Tuesday
Day 3 – Cupcakes and Crinoline | Day 4 – An Extraordinary Day
Day 5 – Celebrating Everyday Life | Day 6 – Hunt and Host
Day 7 – Love of Home | Day 8 – Celebrate Creativity
Day 9 – Petticoat Junktion | Day 10 – What Meegan Makes
Day 11 – Atta Girl Says | Day 12 – Sweet Pea
Day 13 – Exquisitely Unremarkable | Day 14 – Imparting Grace
Day 15 – In My Own Style | Day 16 – 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
Day 17 – Inspiration for Moms | Day 18 – The Chelsea Project
Day 19 – I Should Be Mopping the Floor
Day 20 – My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia | Day 21 – Hearth and Vine
Day 22 – Shabby Art Boutique | Day 23 – Remodelando la Casa
Day 24 – Domestically Speaking | Day 24 – The Everyday Home
Day 26 – Stone Gable | Day 27 – My Creative Days
Day 28 – Swoodson Says | Day 29 – Knick of Time
Day 30 – Lovely Etc. | Day 31 – Live Laugh Rowe
We will be linking all of our handmade ornaments here, so you can always check back here to see them as the month progresses.
Happy holiday crafting!