Imagination & Spray Paint to the Rescue!

3 Materials
1 Hour

Has this ever happened to you ? You are ready to decorate for the holidays and find you don't have enough pine picks? Imagination & spray paint to the rescue!

Find Something that can be used as a substitute for pine

 I decided to look around the house to see if I had anything that I could use as a potential pine substitute. I had 3 bunches of this. It is a neutral bunch of what looks like dried grass. I decided I could sacrifice one bunch for the good of solving the pine pick dilemma. The bunch also had cute little tallow berries to add interest.

Separate the bunch

The bunch can be easily separated into individual stems. This one separated just by gently pulling it apart. If your particular bunch is more sturdy, you can use a floral bunch cutter or a bolt cutter to cut the bunch into individual stems.

Use Spray Paint if necessary to change the color

You are probably thinking.... but they are brown.... who uses brown for Christmas? This is where your friend , spray paint, comes in! I used Hill Green by Design Master . I was going for a more Coastal Christmas look. If you are wanting a more traditional Christmas green, I suggest using Holiday Green by Design Master.

Spray the individual bunches

Be sure to shake the can thoroughly and spray in a well ventilated area. If you are working inside, use something like a drop cloth or sheet to protect the floor and any furniture that might get accidentally sprayed.

Add pine and pine cones

The next step was to add a little pine and pinecones to the tallow berry sea grass picks . I separated this pine spray to get the material I needed. This pine spray also had tallow berries so I was able to incorporate them also.

Tape Pine, Pinecones and Sprayed Stems together

To finish the pine picks, I used brown floral tape to attach the pine/pine cone pick to the beachy grassy pick. Floral tape comes in several different colors. I used brown for this but you could use green. To get the floral tape to adhere, simply gently pull it to stretch it as you wrap it around the stem.

Use the finished pine picks in your Holiday decorating

I have an oval dough bowl that I keep on the coffee table in our gathering room. I like to decorate it seasonally.

By using the pine picks with shells and glass ornaments, I can quickly add a Coastal Christmas feel to my dough bowl.

Close up

As it gets closer to Christmas, I plan to add glittery pine cones and metallic painted shells.

If you aren't quite ready to decorate for Christmas, you could add more pine cones and even leaves for a Thanksgiving inspired centerpiece.

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Kimberly Snyder
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