I love this DIY because you really aren’t limited to using paint. Sharpie makes these great oil based paint pens in gold, silver, and copper, which are another option for making your adorable metallic garland, if you want to go sans paint and brush.
Pine Cones (Tip: Gather then from the outdoors or if you are a city dweller with no pinecones in sight, Whole Foods sells cinnamon scented pine cones, and these add that seasonal aroma all throughout the room the garland hangs. Mmm!)
Metallic Acrylic Paint and Paint Brush OR Sharpie Metallic Paint Pen, in gold or silver.
Flat drying surface
Yarn, Twine, or Ribbon
Step 1 Paint on your metallic gold or silver onto one side of the pinecone. For a dipped look (as shown), only paint about half way, from tip to the middle of the pine cone. Do this to all of your pinecones, and allow them to dry before rotating and painting the other side.
Step 2 Cut your yarn, twine, or ribbon to size. The length of your twine depends on how long you’d like your garland to be. Do you have lots of pinecones? Cut it extra long. Are you just making a tiny strand? Cut it a bit shorter. Tip: It is always best to cut your yarn longer than anticipated, and snip off remaining length at the end.
Step 3 Once your pinecones are completely dry, tie them onto your yarn, twine, or ribbon. You can tie at the tip or base (shown: the pinecones are tied on at the base). Vary the order in which you add your pine cones, with a few little, medium, and large all mixed in. Space them out using your eye, there is exact no science to it, and it looks less forced if the spacing isn’t all the same.
Step 4 Hang your garland! Some great places to display your metallic pine cones are around an interior door, draped over an entryway, framing the space around a mirror, over a bed to add some winter charm, incorporated into a window frame, or added into a gallery wall for a touch of Christmas decor.