Snow Covered Pine Cones

5 Materials
15 Minutes

I love using natural elements in my Christmas decor. Nothing screams Christmas more to me than pine cones. I have them everywhere. They are a great filler that you can keep out all winter, in my opinion. I normally use just plain pine cones, but this year I wanted to add a touch of snow. So, I decided to DIY some snow kissed pine cones and this process couldn't have been easier. I love budget friendly and easy DIY projects!

Material List:

  • Pine cones (store bought or found will work)
  • Mod Podge Matte
  • Salt (fine)
  • Kosher Salt (coarse)
  • 1 inch paint brush

I prepared my work area using paper plates on top of plastic plates so I could reuse the over spill of salt. I also used another plate for my mod podge. That allowed me to control how much product I was using.

*Tip- walmart sells the 2 fl oz. size for 97 cents.*

Since this was my first time using mod podge I started off conservatively and applied the product to the edges of the pine cone.

This is how the pine cone looks once it is is completely painted with the mod podge.

Then I started pouring the fine salt all over the pine cone and covering the mod podge.

This is how the pine cone looks prior to gently knocking off the extra salt. If you use paper plates you can be heavy handed with your salt and still reuse what doesn't stick to the pine cone.

I did a few pine cone with the fine salt and then decided to use the coarse salt on the others. I wasn't sure how the coarse salt would stick so I put more mod podge on these ones.

Then I poured the coarse kosher salt all over the pine cone. Make sure you lift the pine cone up to get to the bottom row. You may need to add more mod podge and salt to the top stem area after you handle it to get the pine cone covered all over.

Let them dry for a day before handling. After that they are ready for decorating.

NOTE- I am planning to spray these with Minwax water based matte polyurethane to help hold the salt on and be able to use year after year with no mess. Fingers crossed it works.

*If you have tried this preserving method please leave a comment and let me know how it worked for you! Thanks!

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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Linda Thomas
    on Dec 19, 2019

    If you use cones from gathering outside do they need to be treated for bugs?. I gathered some, took them inside, and bugs,insects crawled out of them. I had to spray them with bug spray.

    • Cindy Cooke
      on Jan 8, 2020

      30 minute salt water bath followed by an hour or so in a 225* oven to dry them out.

  • Doug
    on Dec 20, 2019

    Wonder if using a water based clear will cause the salt to dissolve? Might be better to use solvent based clear.

  • Pam jones
    7 days ago

    I have TV trays that have broken plastic clamps can't find them anywhere how can I fix or get clamps to repair

    Do I have to join to get an answer

    • Jim Cox
      7 days ago

      Pam without seeing your trays, not so sure. However a zip tie in the right place or a hose clamp from an auto parts store might be just what you're looking for

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  • Laurie Kilts
    7 days ago

    I live in the Northwest where pinecones are plentiful! I've always just lightly sprayed many pinecones for all kinds of projects with the fake spray-on snow (works best to spray a little further away than paint!) Start with a light dusting as you can go back over, plus hit some spots a little heavier, like you would naturally see in nature. I've done this to pinecones that I've used for years, no mess and they still look great, plus you can always retouch!

  • Carol Brock Rathburn
    26 minutes ago

    When bringing in Pine Cones from your trees Bake them on warm it will. Bring out the bugs plus to open up the pine cones I usually bake them for about 1 hour you will know when there done . Love doing Pinecones .All different ways

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