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Transform Pine Cones Into Pineapples for Tropical Parties

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Throwing theme parties is so fun and what better idea for the summer than a tropical party?! However purchasing party decorations can be so expensive just to use one time. Not to worry when you can make your own! Read on to see how to transform pine cones into pineapples for tropical parties. These can be used for place card holders or for tabletop decor.

Time: 1 Hours Cost: $5 Difficulty: Easy
  • transform pine cones into pineapples for tropical parties
First, start by rounding up some pine cones. These were from a local park which kept the cost to $0 but can also be purchased at a craft store. Check to see if they will stand up on their own as they will need to be upright for the pineapples to take shape. If they do not stand on their own keep them to the side. They can be used for tropical flowers.  Also, make sure they are in good shape and not falling apart. They need to be sturdy. 
 
  • transform pine cones into pineapples for tropical parties
Next, use a disposable plate if you have one to keep the mess minimal. For this step, you will need acrylic paint in the colors of your choice and a regular paint brush. White works great as a base coat as it helps the other colors to pop more instead of painting them straight onto the brown pine cones. 
 
  • transform pine cones into pineapples for tropical parties
Make sure to paint layer by layer to get the best coverage. 
 
  • transform pine cones into pineapples for tropical parties
Now paint on tropical colors. I choose to do them in several different colors so each one was unique. 
 
  • transform pine cones into pineapples for tropical parties
They can even be done in two toned paint. This one above would not stand right so I used a knife to cut off part of the bottom. It was then used to create a flower instead. 
 
  • transform pine cones into pineapples for tropical parties
Felt was used for the leaves by cutting random lengths but using the same basic shape. Make sure your paint is completely dry before beginning to glue them on. I used hot glue here as it is faster, but craft glue would work as well. Start from the top and work down in rows until the pineapple starts to look full. 
 
  • transform pine cones into pineapples for tropical parties
The bottom right corner shows the tropical flower option. For those cut out larger leaf shapes and glue in rows. 
As you are working the hot glue may string onto the rest of the pinecone, but can easily be removed once cooled. Once cooled...remember that part and you won't have blisters like I always have! ;)  

 
  • transform pine cones into pineapples for tropical parties
And voila! There you have it! Fun tropical accents for very little money! 
 

Materials I used for this project:

  • Acrylic Paint
  • Disposable Plate
  • Pine Cones
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To see more: http://channellingdolly.com/2017/06/17/transform-pine-cones-into-pineapples-for-tropical-parties/

Got a question about this project?

  • Fay Jewell Ewing

    think spray painting it is easy and faster for me

    • Heather Staggs Garcia
      Heather Staggs Garcia League City, TX

      That works really well too! I used acrylic here since I wanted several colors and I had them on hand already. Spray paint is a great tip too though if buying everything from scratch! 😊

  • Fay Jewell Ewing

    I have RA in my hands and Im always dropping things like brushes . Think I may give this a try

  • Heather Staggs Garcia
    Heather Staggs Garcia League City, TX

    Awesome! Let me know how it goes!

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