They're free. They're versatile. They're everywhere right now. In my mind, pinecones signal the transition from fall into winter, making them the perfect decorative element for your home this time of year. Click through to see all the clever ways you can utilize pinecones during the upcoming holiday season.
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One quick note about pinecones before we get started: if you are collecting them outside, be sure to bake them in the oven in a foil-lined baking sheet for about 30 minutes at 250 degrees. Keep a close eye on them while they're in the oven. This will dry up any sap or bugs that may have hitchhiked inside.
1. Spray paint a few pinecones gold and put them in a clear jar... instant centerpiece! Check out the easy tutorial here. [Photo: Crab + Fish]
2. Make a beautiful Christmas tree topper out of pinecones using these instructions. [Photo: Good Housekeeping]
3. Make a festive "snow-covered" garland using this tutorial. [Photo: HGTV]
4. Dip them in paint to make ornaments that almost look like porcelain. Here are the directions. [Photo: Changing My Destiny]
5. A square pinecone wreath will dress up your front door. Here's how to make one yourself. [Photo: Tatertots and Jello]
6. Scented pinecone firelighters make a great housewarming or hostess gift... check out the easy tutorial here. [Photo: Kate's Creative Space]
7. Make bird feeders for your backyard using these instructions. [Photo: Dragonfly Blue Craft]
8. Another great way to add some pizzazz to your front door. [Photo via: Hello There House]
9. A mini pinecone wreath makes a great place holder. Here's the tutorial. [Photo: Oh So Beautiful Paper]
10. Pinecones are also pretty on wrapped gifts... check out the instructions for this gift topper here. [Photo: Home Depot]
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