Pinecone Mum Arrangement

I have to be totally honest.  
I have an extensive collection of pinecones, all shapes and sizes.  
They are in a box - a large box.  
It's a little embarrassing so I was pleased to see this month's Sustainable Pinterest  Challenge theme:  Nature...time to start creating with some of those pinecones!

Welcome to The Sustainable Pinterest  Challenge, a group of bloggers who are challenged to recreate a pin from Pinterest focused on sustainability. Many thanks to Julie from Sum of Their Stories for hosting.
Clearly, I only used a few of my pinecones, but it's a start, right?  This pin was my inspiration but, I decided to use the pinecones that hadn't full opened.  They really gave off that 'Mum Vibe'.
Some Flamenco Red craft paint was the way to start.
Red mums are my favorite and it took a couple of coats to full cover the pinecone with no bleed-through.  

*All of the 'in-process' photos have a bright hue of red due to my work light being used.  The true color is shown in the finished photos.
Since the paint had a matte finish, I gave them a quick spray sealer in satin.  They also got a little dot of dark yellow in the middle with a small brush.
This next step was a little tricky because the weren't fully open and there were was no place to tuck-in the wire.  I wrapped it as tightly as I could and wrapped the other end around a skewer that was broken in half.
Look closely, you'll see a bit of orange paint.  I didn't like the color and painted over it in red.

A dab of hot glue was added for some extra staying-power.
And, no I didn't paint the entire pinecone.  The bottom would be hidden.
I placed a piece of floral foam in the bottom of my bucket and poked the skewers into it.
When I was happy with the arrangement, I started adding leaves.  You may remember the ones I saved from the Summer Ice Cream Cone.  I just KNEW I'd find a way to use them!
One mum arrangement that will never wilt or die!

I still have LOTS of pinecones to use.  Hopefully I've inspired myself to do something with the rest of them....or I guess I could just continue to hoard them!  LOL
How have you used your pinecone collection?  

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Gail | Purple Hues and Me
Julie | Treasures Made From Yarn
Terri | A Good Life
Ann | The Apple Street Cottage
T’onna | Sew Crafty Crochet
Donna | Modern on Monticello
Allyson | Southern Sunflowers
Jo | Rose Tinted World
Niki | Life as a LEO Wife
Marianne | Songbird
Mel | Decor Craft Design


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Comments

  1. Love the red pinecone mums, Ann! Makes for a beautiful fall centerpiece!

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  2. Ann, that is super cute, very creative and you know I just adore the red!! Happy {almost} fall!

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    1. Thanks, Kim. Actually, I was thinking of you as I painted those pinecones red!

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  3. Great idea to make you pine cones into flowers! They turned out great and look really good in the galvanized pail.

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  4. This is so cute! You painted the pinecones such a gorgeous shade of red. This is such a great idea.

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  5. What a cute & unique idea! This is one flower arrangement I could keep alive. Great way to bring nature in!

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    1. Thanks, Niki. This one certainly won't die!

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  6. Love this project. You should make a flower arrangement in all different colors to enjoy every season. Thanks for sharing the idea.

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    1. That's a good idea, Donna. I have plenty of pinecones!

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  7. These are fabulous, what a great way to use your enormous stash of pinecones. They look so pretty with all those leaves.

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  8. I have been wanting to make these so much! I think they are simply adorable.

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    1. Thank you, Terri. They're pretty easy to make!

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  9. Great project Ann and such a pretty end result! I have an incredibly large box of pine cones too! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thank you! Glad to hear I'm not the only one with tons of pinecones!

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  10. It's beautiful! The pinecones are just perfect for the mums, love it!

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