Easy DIY Bleached Pine Cones for Decor & Crafts

3 Materials
30 Hours

Natural pieces are a major component of fall decor. One thing I think of when I think fall is pine cones and let me just tell you, my yard is full of them. I had so many ideas for pine cone DIY and crafts I wanted to execute for fall. I decided to use this method to not only preserve the cones & protect my home against bugs but also add a rustic feel to them.

Step 1: Add water to your bucket

The first thing you are going to want to do is make sure you are either outside or in a very ventilated area. Also ensure that your bleach bucket isn't accessible to children or pets.

I suggest filling the bucket about 1/3 full with water and then adding in your pine cones. Doing this first prevents any bleach from splashing you.

Step 2: Add pinecones

After the water is in, you will add your pine cones. You will notice your pine cones rising to the surface, that is okay and we will address that in the next steps.

Step 3: Add the bleach

Slowly pour about the pint sized bleach into the bucket. You are going to want to make sure there is room in the bucket for the weights.

Like I mentioned, the pine cones are going to rise to the service. You can use a large rock, a ceramic or glass plate or a brick. Gently place it onto to make sure all of the pine cones are submerged.

You are then going to let the cones sit in the water for exactly 24 hours (no more or no less).

After 24 hours, pour out the mixture somewhere safe and then allow them to air dry for a few hours.

Step 4: Bake them

I do this extra step to ensure there are no bugs being brought into my house or on my crafts. Simply set your oven to 200 degrees or the lowest temperature possible (DO NOT DO A HIGH TEMP; WOOD CAN SET FIRE!) It is a good idea to check on them periodically to make sure nothing odd is happening with the paper and any dripping pine sap.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper or tinfoil and place your cones on the pan. Bake for about 90 minutes. This will kill any bugs (they die at 140 degrees) , mold (dies at about 140), and mildew ( cannot live past 115 degrees).

Note: You can see my pine cones didn't fully whiten and that is due to the type of pine cone. Each breed has a different result. So it can be sort of exciting!


For more DIYS, crafts & tips head over to my instagram https://www.instagram.com/willowcreekfarmco/

Resources for this project:
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.More info
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
  2 questions
  • Sheryl Sheryl on Sep 21, 2020

    You don't rinse the bleach off the pinecones?

  • Mare Mare on Oct 11, 2020

    What size bucket since you probably need the correct ratio of water to bleach? Thanks

Join the conversation
 1 comment
  • Dawn Dawn on Sep 14, 2020

    That is a neat trick! Thank you for sharing! I'm off to pick pine cones!!!