|Lantern Decorated for Fall|
Have you been picking up pine cones on your walks? I love pine cones for fall and winter decor. They give a classic look like you’d see at Colonial Williamsburg. Very classy. And free.
If you have a lantern or apothecary jar, you can make an arrangement with mini pumpkins and gourds as shown here. This looks great for Fall into Thanksgiving and works in a bowl or basket as well. For Christmas switch out the pumpkins and gourds for ornaments and greenery. This photo is from SAS Interiors where there is a great tutorial on repainting lamps to update the finish. Click here to learn how to make a decorative lantern for about $5.
|Mini Christmas Trees Made of Pine Cones|
Before using pine cones indoors, you can bake them 45 minutes at 200 degrees in the oven to kill any critters that might crawl out. Then again, you don’t have to do that if you are ok with a stray spider or two.
I love these mini Christmas trees made from pine cones. You can put them in little pots on the mantle or wherever you want a little holiday cheer. Bigger pine cones look nice set on candlesticks on in pretty bowls. Here they make cardboard stars (cereal box cardboard would be a good weight) that you can paint and/or glitter. This could be a fun family project, painting stars, pots, and possibly pine cones.
|Pretty Pine Cone Wreath|
For a natural frosted look, just shake pine cones in a paper bag with some salt. Just enough clings to the cones. Of course you can lightly spray paint pine cones with white, silver or gold for another look. I like this white pine cone wreath with red accents. Spray painting the cones shows more texture than dipping the cones in paint, in my experience.
Did you find a really big pine cone? If you spray paint it silver it looks dramatic and chic hanging from a banister. The silver ribbon and a few berries shown here make this a beautiful decoration that doesn’t have to cost much. These last two ideas I found at Good Housekeeping. Click here for more of their pine cone decor ideas. Here are the directions for the pretty pine cone wreath.
|Easy Pine Cone Decor|