Originally published on GoodHouskeeping.com
Why should Christmas get sole claim on pinecones? These super-simple, winter-inspired ideas work for the whole season.
A Snowy Pop of Color
This rustic towering topiary adds understated drama to your winter décor.
This craft proves that, sometimes, the parts are greater than the whole. Use a small hand saw to cut pinecones into segments to transform their pretty patterns into lovely wooden flowers.
Greet guests with a bucolic flair that’s in keeping with the season. Opt for a neutral ribbon that can carry you through all of winter's holidays.
Center of Attention
This simple centerpiece makes a big impact, and couldn’t be easier to put together. Place tea candles in pretty glass holders at the edges of a rectangular or oval serving tray. Arrange pinecones in the center of the tray (making sure they aren’t too close to the candles) and wrap a bow around the center to tie it all together.
Tie One On
Use a little bead-decked yarn and a pinecone to make an instant tassel for tying back curtains or just decorating a door knob.
Take a Dip
All it takes is a little paint to transform ordinary pinecones into a design-worthy seasonal statement. Choose colors that complement your home décor, dip, and voila: pretty paint-accented pinecones that brighten any bowl, basket, or tablescape.
Prep Note: You can snag pinecones from your local crafts store, but if you gather them from outside, be sure to bake at 250°F on a foil-lined baking sheet for about an hour (checking periodically) to rid them of insects and dry any sticky sap residue.