How to Paint Pine Cones

Pine cones are a great decorating resource because you can find them for free on the ground!

The only problem is, they’re always brown. So I thought, why not paint them?

You can easily customize pine cones with the paint color of your choice.

This post shows you how to paint pine cones … it’s so very easy!

Fall Arrangement of Baby Boos and Painted Pine Cones - all in a wooden dough bowlOnce your pine cones are painted and dried, pair them with other objects in a wooden bowl.

In no time you’ll have a pretty centerpiece or the makings of a simple vignette.


How to paint pine conesI used two different colors – turquoise and white.

I twisted the pointed end of a bamboo skewer into the bottom of the pine cone.


Dipping Pine Cones in Paint for a Custom LookThe paint mixture is 3 parts paint and 2 parts water. Simply dunk the pine cone into the paint.

Remove it and shake off as much excess paint off the pine cone as you can.


Pine Cones Painted White and Set Out to DrySet the pine cones out on waxed paper to dry overnight.  The pine cones will probably close up.

Whenever they get wet they tend to close, but don’t fear! You can force them back open.

Set your oven to its lowest temperature and place pine cones on a baking sheet on the center shelf.

Check the pine cones about every 30 minutes and once they’ve opened, remove them from the oven.


Baby Boos with Pine Cones Painted WhiteI thought the white painted pine cones would look cute paired with Baby Boos.


Pine Cones Painted White - so easy to do and they look cute paired with Baby Boos.I piled them all into my wooden dough bowl for a Fall centerpiece.


Painted Pine Cones, Baby Boos, and Wine Corks displayed in a Wooden Dough BowlI threw in a few wine corks for good measure.

The Jenica Peak cork is from a bottle of Merlot, which is a very good red wine!


Baby Boos and Painted Pine Cones Create an Easy Fall CenterpieceI love the creamy color of the Baby Boos paired with the white of the pine cones.

And that’s how to paint pine cones … simply dunk and dry!


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  1. Wow these are absolutely stunning! Great job I may need to try these in the winter. Time to go foraging for pine cones!

  2. Great tip on getting them to open again! I’ve painted pine cones before and didn’t realize I could get them to open up again. Thanks for the tip.

  3. Great idea and I love the tip! I think I might be trying this!

  4. Joanne Boulter says:

    I would never of thought of the skewer, clever! The pint cone garland is so darling. Thanx for the inspiration.
    XX Jo, from Anne’s Attic – design blog

  5. Such a smart idea! Would work for Xmas too. It’s raining here today but tomorrow I’m going to look for some of my neighbor’s pine cones (they fall into our yard). =)


  6. I love your dough bowl with the pretty pinecones. Thanks for sharing the how to.

  7. I love the way they look…love the way you filled your dough bowl too!

  8. Really pretty Jennifer! And I love the big wooden bowl you’ve arranged everything in!

  9. Great idea! What kind of paint did you use?

  10. Perfect and beautiful! What kind of paint did you use?.. And brand? Thank you!!

  11. Great idea! What kind of paint did you use? What brand? Thanks 🙂

  12. I painted mine with acrylic paint with a brush took me 45 minutes to do one large one. Course there was no brown on it when I was done. They stayed open and the paint I used was those $.59 cents to $.89 cents Folk Art Michael’s Smart Paints Walmart is the .59 cent one. I had to do 33 of them for floral arrangements, I used two med size pine cones and then added a Feathered bird from the Dollar Store some green grass a silky butterfly some baby’s breath and a 3-4 inch piece of Ivy and then placed them in a pretty glass bowl. You can also add a 3-4 inch piece of Faux Ivy. I arranged all in a pretty glass bowl presented them to friends that have done me favors .
    I made a card which said “Here’s a touch of Spring ” Just because I like you Used a Rubber stamp with one of Dina Wakelys
    funny birds on it..I sure could have saved some time I used turquoise, Yellow, pink and Lavender to paint the cones.

  13. What is the name brand of the paint?


    • she said acrylic, any brand, Michaels, Folk art, apple barrel, and acrylic comes in satin, matte, gloss, all colors. Easier to clean, because its water based

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  16. Andrea A. Adams says:

    Hi what type of paint should I use as I’m new to using pine cones. Recently moved house out of the city & have a pine tree in my garden & 2 more right beside my house

    • I would just use acrylic paints. Easiest to water down if you choose. Plus so many colors to choose from and mix if you want

  17. Thank you for sharing the tutorial! I saw friends in comment section recommended acrylic paint, gonna give it a try.

  18. U can also sprinkle a little glitter on them while the paint is wet an voila ……they sparkle!!!!. I loved the post about arranging them in glass bowls for a gift. Get them at estate sales for pennies add greenery that I get at Christmas tree lots free and a few red berries (pepper berry works great) beautiful arrangement for a hostess gift,

  19. shirley glodjo says:

    why can’t you just spray paint them?

  20. Eileen Broeder says:

    l like spray paint, it is a lot easier, but the acrylic paints come in so many pretty colors.

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