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Metallic Tipped Pine Cone Garland

imageHere’s another awesome DIY by my gal pal Lauren, who is so kindly sharing all kinds of holiday crafts with you this season here on Thoughts By Natalie! Want more DIY goodness? Check out her Burlap Wreath tutorial, too! Also, stay tuned for an Anthro-inspired necklace.
A Note from Natalie

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.

MATERIALS
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

HOW TO
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.

Metallic Tipped Pine Cone Garland // thoughtsbynatalie.com

Metallic Tipped Pine Cone Garland // thoughtsbynatalie.com

Metallic Tipped Pine Cone Garland // thoughtsbynatalie.com

Metallic Tipped Pine Cone Garland // thoughtsbynatalie.com

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.

Metallic Tipped Pine Cone Garland // thoughtsbynatalie.com

Metallic Tipped Pine Cone Garland // thoughtsbynatalie.com

Metallic Tipped Pine Cone Garland // thoughtsbynatalie.com

Metallic Tipped Pine Cone Garland // thoughtsbynatalie.com

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.

Metallic Tipped Pine Cone Garland // thoughtsbynatalie.com

Metallic Tipped Pine Cone Garland // thoughtsbynatalie.com

Metallic Tipped Pine Cone Garland // thoughtsbynatalie.com

Metallic Tipped Pine Cone Garland // thoughtsbynatalie.com

8 Comments

  • Reply
    Lauren
    December 14, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    thanks, natalie, for sharing my garland! always love collaborating with you.

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    Enya Moran
    December 15, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Love this DIY! Lauren sure does seem like the ultimate DIYer :) I think I might do this for around my window

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    Ali Grace
    December 16, 2013 at 4:32 am

    LOVE this. I’m obsessed with anything involving gold paint. Plus, this looks like it would be pretty simple!

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    December 19, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Really love this, and the suggestion for using metallics. But then I started thinking…this could also be totally awesome doing some sort of ombré (any color). More involved, obviously, but I might give both a try!

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    Megan @ Lush to Blush
    December 20, 2013 at 7:31 am

    This is so cute!! I actually did something similar using twine. So beautiful!

    xo Megan, LushtoBlush.com

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