Upcycle Pine Cones into Decorative Wall Art
Pine cones are a natural material that can be upcycled into beautiful decorative pieces for your home. With a little creativity and effort, you can transform plain pine cones into works of art to display on your walls.
Gather Your Materials
- Pine cones of various sizes and shapes
- Acrylic paint in colors of your choosing
- Paint brushes
- Mod Podge or clear acrylic sealer
- Embellishments like glitter, beads, ribbon, etc. (optional)
The pine cones can be collected from your own yard or purchased in craft stores. Make sure they are dry and the scales are tight. Collect pine cones of different sizes and shapes for visual interest.
Acrylic paint allows you to easily paint the pine cones any colors you’d like. Get a few shades for variety. Paint brushes should include small detail brushes for intricate areas.
Mod Podge or a clear acrylic sealer will seal and protect your painted pine cones. These products will give your pine cone art a glossy finished look.
Optional embellishments like glitter, beads, burlap, lace, and more can add extra visual appeal. Get creative with the materials you have on hand!
Prepare and Paint the Pine Cones
Once you’ve gathered your supplies, you’ll need to prepare the pine cones before painting:
- Wipe off any dirt or debris
- Allow pine cones to fully dry if freshly picked
- Spread pine cones out and spray lightly with water to help paint adhere
Next, paint the pine cones however you’d like using acrylic paint and brushes:
- Paint them solid colors or do patterns
- Try stripes, polka dots, ombre colors
- Paint just the ends, tips or middle scales
- Accent with metallic paints
Paint a few coats for best coverage, allowing each coat to dry in between. Use a hairdryer to speed up drying time. Paint them in different colors and patterns for lots of variety.
Seal and Embellish the Pine Cones
After the painted pine cones are completely dry, seal and protect them with a top coat:
- Brush on 1-2 coats of Mod Podge or acrylic sealer
- Let dry fully between coats
- Adds glossy finish and prevents paint chipping
Optional: While still wet, sprinkle on glitter or other embellishments like beads, burlap, lace, etc. The embellishments will stick as the top coat dries.
Allow pine cones to dry fully for 24 hours before handling so paint and sealants completely harden.
Create Your Pine Cone Wall Art
Finally, transform your unique hand-painted pine cones into stunning wall art:
- Group 3-5 similarly colored/sized pine cones together and securely tie ribbon around them to bundle them together. Hang with command hooks.
- Glue individual pine cones to a canvas board in creative patterns. Hang on wall.
- Fill shadow boxes with a collection of different pine cones to display. Hang as wall art.
- Arrange pinecones on wreath forms or garlands made from grapevine, twigs, etc. Add other natural elements. Hang on wall as art.
- String up painted pinecones on twine across a wall for rustic garland wall art.
Get creative with the shapes, colors, sizes and display ideas! Upcycled pine cone art adds natural beauty and visual interest to any wall in your home.