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3 Ways to Turn Pine Cones into Sparkly Décor

3 Ways to Turn Pine Cones into Sparkly Décor

Sparkly pine cones are such a thing now. You can glitter you face. You can glitter your eyeliner. You can wear glittery gold lame dresses and gem sweaters. You can deck your house in tinsel. You can even buy bedazzled, sequined, glistening snow boots. Figures, then, that pine cones would follow. Because if it exists in nature or in the great superabundance of human creations, it can be covered in glitter. If you don’t believe me, here are a few examples of things that should not be covered in glitter, but somebody covered them in glitter: disposable cutlery (waiter, there are little flecks of inedible GLITTER in my soup); hard liquor (sparkly vomit!); and the pink glitter toilet seat (after eating and drinking glitter, I’m sticking with a digestive theme).

Gilded pine cones by DIY on the Cheap via


So pine cones. While most of the year you want to keep them out of the house, the holiday season invites a special whimsy. The first approach, and may I add that I consider it to be a reasonable one, is to gild the pine cones. This involves brushing the edges of the pine cones with gold acrylic craft paint. Painting just the edges gives the pine cones a shadowy look of depth, which is urbane-looking when the cones are piled into a tall glass hurricane lantern (unlit, understandably).

Glitter pine cones by The Elegant Nest via


Next we have something a bit more Las Vegas, if you know what I am saying. Laura from the DIY blog The Elegant Nest seems to have dipped the edges of some pine cones in glue and then rolled them in glitter. They look frosted, which is exactly how I like my cupcakes, I mean pine cones. Believe it or not, there are a lot of DIY bloggers making glitter pine cones, and hers are just the prettiest, and I say that in all seriousness. See for yourself.

Epsom salt encrusted pine cones by Domestically Speaking via


Then again, you can always brush the tips of some pine cones with Mod Podge and then sprinkle them with Epsom salt. The result is a very realistic snowy look. If you’re not one for wreaths, you can make a nice homey (or of pertaining to the home, not the greeting to an urban male buddy) door hanging of these “snow” covered pine cones.

Chaya Kurtz writes about everything home & garden, from Chicago exterminators to glitter pine cones, on

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1:55AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

Oh, great idea! Thanks! :-D

1:55PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

I wish that I came across this page before the snow covered everything.

7:42PM PST on Dec 16, 2012


3:30PM PST on Dec 15, 2012

Used to make these with my mum when I was only a wee grasshopper! Perhaps it's time to make a few more. ^^

12:17PM PST on Dec 6, 2012


12:04PM PST on Dec 5, 2012

Thanks for sharing, I live in the woods and have scads of pine cones... now I know what to do with them... =)

11:04AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

1:32AM PST on Dec 5, 2012


10:08PM PST on Dec 4, 2012

Wow!! Thanks a lot :D

3:47PM PST on Dec 4, 2012

I wouldn'ta thunk it but they look pretty good!

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