September 20, 2013

DIY Friday: Ombre Pinecone Tutorial


A few years ago I found two very beautiful pinecones around my neighborhood. I took them home and placed them on my bookcase not knowing that it would spark a love for collecting pinecone from the different places that I have visited within the U.S. I have taken home a foot long pinecone from a campsite at Idyllwild and some tiny pinecones from my trip to Oregon. After collecting a basket full, I started thinking of ways to dress them up. One day I had some paint laying around and decided to add a pop of color to a pinecone by painting just the tips of the pinecone. And the rest was history!

Materials:
- A pinecone
- Acrylic paint in three or four different shade of the same color
- Angled paint brush
- An old toothbrush

Construction:
1. Take your toothbrush and clean off any dirt or bugs (recommend doing this step outdoor).
2. Take your paint brush and apply the first shade on to 1/4 of the pinecone (recommend starting with the darkest shade at the bottom of the pinecone and working your way up).
3. Continue painting the next shade to the next 1/4 of the pinecone.
4. Repeat step 3 with the rest of the shades until you reach the top.

Ombré Pinecone 1 Ombré Pinecone 2 Ombré Pinecone 3

Depending on the size of the pinecone you can either use three shades for a small to medium size pinecone or four different shades for a large size pinecone. This will allow you to clearly see the ombre effect. The simplicity of adding just a bit of color to the tip of the pinecone can really transform it into something that is both vibrant and decorative. I love how the pinecones can add a pop of color to any festive occasions or an otherwise boring room. I have them displayed around my fireplace but next month I plan on using them in my nephew's Cowboy and Indian Theme birthday party. How do you plan on using them to brighten up your home or everyday life?




25 comments:

  1. One word!

    Fabulous!

    I wish I could get my hands on some pine cones tooo!

    http://moonshineandsunlight.blogspot.in/

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    1. Thanks! so happy that you like them. If you can't find any pinecone around your area, I know that Michael's or some arts and craft store do sell them (especially around this time of year for Christmas). Make sure you get a bag that has full bloom pinecones so that it is easier to paint. Good Luck!

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    2. Just a handy FIY: If the pinecones aren't fully open you can try to put them in the oven at a moderately low temp and they should bloom as they fully dry. My son and I collect pinecones on our nature walks and I have been looking for something to do with them. This is fabulous! Thank You!

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    3. Make sure you put any pinecones you plan to use, on aluminum foil then put them in oven on low temperature to make sure you get rid of any/all sap.

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  2. how clever! these cones look amazing! I have plenty of pine cones, I will definitly try to make some!
    p.s. if your cones are not quite "open", put them near stove or any other heat, they will "bloom" soon enough ;)

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  3. Sticking them in the oven in a great idea! I have left them out in the sun to dry once after forgetting about them in the rain. But popping them in the oven is a much faster method, lets just hope I don't burn them!

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  4. it also kills the little bugs inside of them.

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  5. So beautiful! I love it!

    Lovely Greets
    Christin

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  6. I love love love this idea!! My husband just brought home a bucket of pine cones and I have to try this. Thanks !!

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  7. Das ist ja mal eine gute Idee .Das sieht richtig toll aus.Ich werde gleich morgen in den Wald gehen und Tannenzapfen suchen.

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  8. Hi Grace,

    What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of pinecone crafts! Check it out here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/pinecone-crafts/

    Have a great day!

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    1. Hi Julia,

      Thank you for the feature. I am so happy that you like them.

      Cheer!

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  9. Hi

    I tried your pattern and published the result on my blog with a link to your website.
    If you like to check out:

    http://lanathewoolydog.wordpress.com/

    Greets
    Marli

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    1. Hi Marli,
      Thanks for linking back. Love the choice of colors that you picked out. They look great!

      Cheers!
      Grace

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  10. Wish you would have shown the brush used and pictures of also how you painted such perfect and consistent edges.

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    1. Sorry about that. I used an angled paint brush, the kind that you use for oil or watercolor. And in order to get a consistent edge, I recommend painting at least two coats but three is the best.

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  11. LOve the ombre effect. I collected pine cones to tip paint (dipping in paint to messy) with Nursing home residents but this would be even nicer as a christmas or fall craft. Thanks for the imrovrd idea.

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  12. Beautiful and inspirational!
    Pinned!
    K-

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  13. pinecones are so special to me because my grandma planted one years and years ago. every time i see it, i am reminded of her sweet spirit. i will be making these cute ombre pinecones over the weekend. thank you for sharing this!

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  14. These look beautiful! What a great idea

    polaroidsandpuds.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. Pinecones are great.I include them in my holiday decoration every year and they look great always.

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  16. Fabulous idea!

    I found your tutorial via the Mollie Makes moodboard:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/226485050856025/227593110745219/?ref=notif&notif_t=plan_mall_activity

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  17. These are really pretty. I used to do something similar with glitter glue pens, it made for a nice little Christmas decoration.

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