Here’s a cool fall decorating idea: Paint Dipped Pinecones. Dip in paint, let them dry, and they come out looking like this:
Comment by Lillian
September 2, 2013 @ 3:50 pm
Most of my Christmas tree decorations are pine cone-based, including a collection that are paint-dipped like these.
Sometimes the paint dipping is tricky because pine cones are organic material, and they change shape according to humidity. In this case, sometimes they close up when the paint dampens them, then open wide when it dries – cracking the paint. I found that drying them in a low oven (200°F) made them sort of hyper-extend at their driest, BUT, then they didn’t close up so much after dipping and came out much more nicely.
Comment by Savvy Housekeeper
September 4, 2013 @ 7:44 am
Lillian, thanks for the tips! Good to know.
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