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Bleached Pine Cones & Decor

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Tired of the rustic look of pinecones in your decor? Especially if you lean toward a light and airy look. Why not bleach your pinecones for an unusual beautiful effect in home decor. Be amazed by their resulting appearance. . . Beauty made more beautiful!
Time: 1 Days Cost: $3.00 Difficulty: Easy
  • how to bleach your pinecones for an unusual beautiful effect, christmas decorations, crafts, decoupage, seasonal holiday decor
Gently pour bleach over the pinecones, cover and soak overnight or longer.
  • how to bleach your pinecones for an unusual beautiful effect, christmas decorations, crafts, decoupage, seasonal holiday decor
Dry on paper towels for a few days to reopen, or if impatient, put in a 275 degree oven for 1 hr. You can tell that the color of the scales have changed, but the beauty is yet to be seen.
  • how to bleach your pinecones for an unusual beautiful effect, christmas decorations, crafts, decoupage, seasonal holiday decor
  • how to bleach your pinecones for an unusual beautiful effect, christmas decorations, crafts, decoupage, seasonal holiday decor
Lo and behold, once open, the pinecones were absolutely beautiful!
  • how to bleach your pinecones for an unusual beautiful effect, christmas decorations, crafts, decoupage, seasonal holiday decor
This pinecone is decorated with a mixture of seed beads, glitter, mod podge and champagne color glitter paint.
  • how to bleach your pinecones for an unusual beautiful effect, christmas decorations, crafts, decoupage, seasonal holiday decor
Decorated bleached pinecones add a touch of monochromatic hues to a once rustic look!
  • how to bleach your pinecones for an unusual beautiful effect, christmas decorations, crafts, decoupage, seasonal holiday decor

To see more: http://purplehuesandme.com/2013/10/bleached-pine-cones-decor.html

Got a question about this project?

  • Jerri Ewing Sullivan

    Not so inspired...pine cones open up with water too. And when dried they close back up...BLEACH KILLS THEM!!! IT's cool to let the kids watch this happen!!!

  • Rebecca Landrum
    Rebecca Landrum Laneville, TX

    Yes, I will try this and I am excited to do so. Thank you so much for sharing. I can testify, there will be no bleach smell once they have completely dried. They can also be sprayed with your favorite scent, lightly, once you are finished with

    • Deborah Meier

      Great idea to spray with a favorite scent, I bet a few drops of scented oil would freshen up the room!

  • Debbie Johnson
    Debbie Johnson Hartsville, SC

    Pretty.

  • Gands21

    Great ideal.....thanks

  • Vicki
    Vicki Charleston, SC

    I have my very own pine tree with LOTS of cones! I can hardly wait to make these. Thank you so much for the lovely idea and great directions.

  • Gloredone

    actually have some giant Redwood pine cones, my mom picked up in the 50's or there abouts on one of our many family trips to Southern California....

  • Becky Osting

    m y Aunt Ruth Lowden did this50 years ago to make beautiful X-mas decorations,we still have some of them..just a little dusty!!!!!

  • Cbkems2001

    I do this all the time. I put them in a basket on my hearth. They are very pretty And last forever.

  • Kathy Oldaker
    Kathy Oldaker Mansfield, OH

    Gotta try this! Looks fun!

    • Phyllis Gallagher

      Amazing. I'm ordering some LARGE cones from a friend in TX. This looks like a real crowd pleaser for Christmas !

  • Marta Page
    Marta Page Saint Albans, VT

    yes i will try this. i have done many things with pinecones,but not this.

  • Michelle Leblanc Verdon Roy

    I will try this to make pine cone flowers that look like real.

  • Phyllis Gallagher

    I never even considered this. Great Idea ! Can't wait for my order of LARGE cones from TX.

  • Dot
    Dot Flowood, MS

    Yes, love it!


  • Dianne
    Dianne United Kingdom

    I will be trying this as I have loads of large cones in my workroom and had run out of new ideas Thank you Dianne

  • Arlene Kaplan
    Arlene Kaplan Boca Raton, FL

    Will try it but I live in Florida and I have to ask someone to bring me some. Very pretty. Thanks for sharing.

    • Veronika M. Boggess

      I have many of these pine cones and will never use them all. If you are willing to pay shipping fees, I'll send you as many as you want. Just let me know via FB message.

  • Kat
    Kat Newcomerstown, OH

    I've also bleached thistles and then dyed them for dry arrangements.

  • K. Marshall
    K. Marshall Ankeny, IA

    Great idea...they are sooo pretty. Have the bleach...now to find a source for the pine cones !

    • Veronika M. Boggess

      I am your source! I'll send you as many as you wish if you'll pay the shipping fees. Let me know via FB message.

  • Veronika M. Boggess

    I'm going to make a Christmas wreath alternating the natural color with these bleached ones. Gold glitter will go on the natural ones and silver glitter on the bleached ones. Add a few gold and silver metal bells, a few holly stems with red berries

  • Kimberley L
    Kimberley L Vacaville, CA

    My pine cones are soaking now!

  • Karen Jorgensen Reynolds

    Going to try this tomorrow! Have tons of pine cones.

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