I have an over-sized glass goblet on my mantel and recently filled it with pinecones to provide a bit of interest. Each time I walk by and look at it I realise how boring it is. A few days ago I wondered what it would look like if I paint-dipped the pinecones in gold paint – so I did!
I decided today was the day to do my project as the weather in Melbourne has been very unpredictable lately. Today’s forecast was a very respectable 26 degrees and not too humid – perfect paint-drying weather. The whole procedure from beginning to end only took about an hour so I thought I’d share my method and results for an easy at-home project.
I already had the pinecones which I had purchased last Winter from my firewood supplier (I know, I know, yes! I BOUGHT pinecones!) I then wrapped the top part of each pinecone in Glad Wrap so I would get as clean a line as possible when painting them.
I then rested each pinecone, Glad Wrap side down, in a plastic, disposable cup so they could be sprayed and left to dry without me having to disrupt them.
Using disposable gloves I sprayed each pinecone. They were very easy to spray and the paint took to the wood very well. Make sure you do this in a well-ventilated area (my pounding head is proof of this!). It doesn’t seem to matter how many times I read this on instructions, I, for some reason, think I’m the exception to that rule!
As I’m a very impatient person I checked them at about the 20 minute mark to see if they were dry. The gold spots now on my gloves and the glass tabletop where they fell over have proven they weren’t so I gave them another 10 minutes. Once they were dry I carefully unwrapped the Glad Wrap and was happy with the result. They actually looked the way I’d hoped them to! Usually when I do a project I end up mucking it up as I am too impatient to do the prep work or to follow the instructions properly!
I placed the pinecones back in my large vase very carefully and am pleased with the method and outcome. Although up close I think they look fabulous they probably would have looked better with a paint colour that provided a bit more contrast from a distance – perhaps white or red.
Either way, I’m glad they worked and if they annoy me over the next few weeks there may be a follow-up post on how to re-paint pinecones!