Rustic Painted Pine Cones and Acorns

It’s time for the big seasonal switch.  Summer decorations are coming down and fall colours will be filling up our homes with oranges, reds and yellows taking centre stage.  If your not quite ready to dive into the riot of fall colours, here’s the perfect project to get you started. Pine cones and acorns rustically painted with a neutral palette, put them in a dish or hang them from your door – they make for a beautiful start to Autumn decor.

What You’ll Need:

  • Pine cones and acorns
  • Paint is cream, light blue and light gold
  • Gold leafing and adhesive
  • Paint brush
  • Foam brush
  • String
  • Hot glue gun

Paint some of the pine cones with the cream paint. Don’t worry about covering the entire cone with paint, we want them to have a rustic look so you can let parts of the wood show though. Paint both the inside an outside of the cones. At the same time, paint some of the acorns cream.

Repeat with the blue and the light gold paint.

Cover the gold pine cones and acorns with the gilding adhesive.

Using a foam brush apply gold leafing.


Use the some hot glue to attach strings to each of the pine cones and acorns. Stagger the length of the strings, so that all of the pieces will hang at a different level.

Whether you hang them on a door or lay them in a bowl, it’s a perfect way to welcome the Autumn season to your home! Enjoy!


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