Making Holiday decorations from pinecones is a beautiful way to bring a rustic look indoors. But if your look is more glam, or you just want a little extra holiday sparkle, add glitter! Keep reading and find out how to glitter pinecones for Christmas (or anytime).
How to Prepare Pinecones for Crafting
When making crafts from pinecones you find outside, they’ll need to be heat-treated to kill bugs, remove mold, and otherwise make them house-worthy before using. If you don’t live in an area where pinecones roam freely, or don’t want to deal with the treating process, you can pick up craft pinecones ready to use. Just make sure you choose the unscented kind if you don’t want that strong cinnamon smell.
Dipping Pinecones in Wax
My favorite method for glittering pinecones is to dip them in wax. While glue will adhere glitter to the pinecones, wax dipping has a few big advantages.
- It hardens quickly. No waiting for hours poking glue blobs to see if they’re dry yet.
- Wax gets into all the crevices when dipping, instead of just sitting on the edges, so you can get more glitter coverage.
- Dipping is a one-step (or 2-step for large cones) process instead of adding glue to each individual piece of pinecone.
The process for melting paraffin is the same as for wax dipping German star ornaments. The can allows for a deep wax pool and easy cleanup.
What kind of Glitter do you Need for Glittering Pinecones?
I prefer a chunky or coarse glitter for making glittered pinecones. I like the sense of contrast with the rustic look of the pinecones. Glitter flakes can also give a fun effect. Use white or iridescent glitter for a snowy look, or go bold with color.
Honestly, any glitter will work, it comes down to personal preference and the look you’re trying to achieve. I used coarse iridescent glitter for this tutorial.