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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!
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://plumperfectandme.blogspot.com/2013/10/bleached-pine-cones-decor.html

Got a question about this project?

  • Nanapapa481

    I tried this last year let them soak in bleach for days/////never turned white?????? wondering if they have to be certain kind of pine cones, since there is several different kind

    • Tom
      Tom Chittenango, NY

      Please do NOT put bleach in the oven! If he gets hot enough to evaporate, the chlorine gas can kill you - quickly and silently. DON'T DO IT.

  • Kelly Park
    Kelly Park Pueblo, CO

    Lovely but I would be concerned about lingering odor and certainly about putting anything soaked in bleach in a hot oven. I would add a thorough rinse bath as a step.

    • Wendy Bentley

      Only time you want to put pine cones in a oven is when you first get them. When you collect them they can have little bugs etc from being outdoors. If you put them in the oven it kills any bacteria and the heat makes the cones open. Do this step

  • Tom
    Tom Chittenango, NY

    Please do not put bleach in the oven! If it gets hot enough to evaporate, the chlorine gas can be deadly. It can kill you QUICKLY and SILENTLY. Please do not do this!

    • Zackpgood

      She did say you could dry them in the oven. They are wet because they were soaked in bleach, so yes, she did say to put bleach in the oven.

  • Slcsamples

    Beautiful!almost awesome.Will try it .

  • Trish Whitaker Brewer
    Trish Whitaker Brewer Big Sandy, TN

    Do they smell like bleach once they are dried?

  • Sheila3538

    I have not tried yet but it would probably be a good idea to set them outside in the sun (fesh air) to help the smell dissapate.

  • Annskop

    Why not just spray paint them white and add silver glitter? Easy ,Peasy and no worries about the left over bleach, which is not good for septic tanks.......or any color glitter for that fact..

  • Gail@Purple Hues and Me
    Gail@Purple Hues and Me Millersville, MD

    Another great way to decorate them but it's just not the same effect.

  • Eileen
    Eileen Austin, MN

    have lots of pine cones, wonderful idea, thanks for information. They are beautiful

  • Bauer3555

    I bleached pinecones as per your directions and they didn't look like yours at all??

    • FRAN
      FRAN Bensalem, PA

      Spray paint them white it gives the same look if not better. It's much quicker and they look absolutely gorgeous!

  • Lorinda Sabin
    Lorinda Sabin Quinlan, TX

    I have seen snow white bleached pinecones, but forget where. They were displayed in a large golden goblet then ribbon & glitter...Awesome.

  • Tina lowry
    Tina lowry United Kingdom

    oohhh got a lot of cones wanted to do something different with them going to try this today thank you x

  • Dotty3230

    Yes I love this idea so beautiful. I love crafting and taught it for 38 years then my school closed.I never stopped and always looking for new ideas.

  • Dotty3230

    Yes I sure did.I started an arts and craft program in my school ,brought forth many crafts I did. Funny how things work my husband(God rest his soul) and I went to Saint Cecilias in Brooklyn N.Y. so did our parents.Well here comes the children and

    • Gail@Purple Hues and Me
      Gail@Purple Hues and Me Millersville, MD

      I know what you mean Dotty! I teach a craft class in my community for 55+ adults. We older ladies get enjoyment making things!

  • Susan Dahl
    Susan Dahl Fargo, ND

    this is a project that would need to be done outside, the fumes would be overwhelming in the house

  • Tiffeny
    Tiffeny Evansville, IN

    I tried this last year and mine didn't work😞 It did create a sappy mess though. I still used my pinecones, but they were just faded. I was so disappointed. Lol.

  • Becky Romanosky
    Becky Romanosky Fruitport, MI

    I did this and my pine cones came out chalky. I spray painted mine silver and gold. They turned out the
    same as the none bleached one. Very pretty

  • Penny
    Penny Utica, NY

    i bleach pine cones all the time...if left in bleach for about 3 days, they turn white, but if i recycle the bleach and add more pine cones in and wait 4 or 5 days they turn a lovely smokey grey or black...just beautiful!

  • Gail@Purple Hues and Me
    Gail@Purple Hues and Me Millersville, MD

    I didn't have to cut any to bleach them, but I did make pinecone flowers for another craft found here: http://www.plumperfectandme.com/2013/07/jute-... Using a flat edge exacto knife, wedge and push the tip under the scale and twist and lift. The

  • Mary
    Mary Utica, MI

    yes

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