Gilded Pinecones How-To 1. In a ventilated area, line a surface with plastic and then paper. Secure a rod across an open cardboard box. 2. Insert a screw eye into base of each pinecone. Attach a 10-inch-long wire to each screw eye. 3. Stir gold paint. Wearing gloves, dip pinecones to coat; hang on rod in box. Let dry (at least 1 day). 4. Remove wire; thread with ribbon.
Play with pinecones Pinecones offer easy, versatile holiday decorating. Gather them from your yard or buy bags of them at a crafts store. For this mantel, we "planted" larger cones in clay pots painted a soft green. Tiny pinecones cover the soil of a planted mini evergreen. We scattered more pinecones across the mantel to continue the naturalistic theme.