DIY Painted Pinecones Rustic Halloween Garland

INSIDE: How to make an easy rustic Halloween garland using pinecones and craft acrylic paints.

Use pinecones to make an easy, rustic Halloween garland | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comI was surprised one morning to find pinecones on a neighbor’s yard…in the middle of the Arizona desert. We have lizards, cacti and dust. Not too many pinecones. Needless to say, I scooped a bunch of them up and ran home.

After they were cleaned and any buggy critters ousted, I pulled out my craft acrylic paints and set to work making an easy, rustic Halloween garland.


So grab the kids or Fido and scour your neighborhood for your main crafting supply – pinecones.
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diy painted pinecones rustic halloween garland

If you pinecone-picked out in the great outdoors, then Step One is to clean these guy. Once critter-free, grab your craft brush and acrylic paints to create an easy, rustic hand-painted touch of Halloween.

How to clean pinecones at home
Soak the pinecones in a water-vinegar bath for 30 minutes. Bake at 200° for 30 minutes.

– Pinecones
– Craft paints: orange, yellow, white, black
– Craft clear glitter paint
– Paint brush
Ribbon or jute twine

Step #1:

I created a variety of Halloween-themed pinecones, including the iconic Halloween candy corn as well as traditional Halloween colors of orange and black.
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Step #2:
Add some clear glitter paint over the dry pinecones for a touch of Halloween sparkle.

Step #3:
Cut a long piece of ribbon or string. Wrap the ribbon around the bottom (aka: the fat part) of the pinecone, knotting at the back. Continue in this manner, spacing out the pinecones, until you reach the desired length.

Add a few ribbon ties in between every couple of pinecones for added interest.

Secure to your mantel or around your door, adding some ribbon bows.
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26 thoughts on “DIY Painted Pinecones Rustic Halloween Garland

  1. Pili says:

    We moved recently and it is easier now to find pinecones, so I am sure we will try this.
    Thanks for sharing it with us at Sweet Inspiration, have a wonderful week!!

  2. Wendy Robbins says:

    I just love this! I think I’m going to do it in non-traditional colors (blues) to hang on my industrial bar cart on my deck for hot sangria before the Thanksgiving meal. I have a vision.
    Your post inspired me!

  3. Jamie says:

    Such a simple and beautiful idea. I would love for you to stop by my blog Monday and link your pinecone garland and anything else you’ve been working on to my More the Merrier Monday link party! (first one will be this coming Monday the 16th!)

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