Painted Pine Cones in a Basket

Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


Painted Pine Cones in a Basket

How to paint pine cones for a special holiday decor basket! An easy, pretty and festive Christmas decorating idea.



For years now I have kept a simple wicker basket in the front hall. I fill it will scented pine cones (cinnamon for me), and my entry smells fabulous all year round! This is a doorway that doesn’t get much use, so the air would get rather stale. Now it always smells like “home”.

This year, I decided to glitz-up my pine cones a bit. I knew I needed fresh pine cones since the others had gotten pushed around a bit, and were starting to look rather old and worn. The scent was also dissipating, so I figured, wth! And bought two bags while at JoAnn’s a few weeks ago.

With my love of glitter, it was a no-brainer that some would be sparkly. I decided against Epsom salts as I wasn’t certain if wet paint alone was enough to hold them in place. In the end I glued glitter anyway, so maybe I should have dragged out those Epsom salts and mod podged them too?

Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


I started with these craft supplies:

Mod Podge
• Extra Fine Glitter in 24 Karart (gold), Sterling (silver) and Crystal
Acrylic Paint (I used silver, gold and white)
Small, flat head paint brushes
Gold Gilding
Silver Gilding
Pine Cones
• Wicker Basket

Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


I sifted through my pine cones to separate the best ones from the two bags I purchased. I layered the lesser ones that would not be seen on the bottom of my wicker basket. I did this for aesthetics purposes (I obviously wanted the nicer looking ones on top), and I because I knew I wasn’t sealing these as they are scented. I was afraid the sealer would dull the cinnamon scent. So, I wanted my pine cones as whole as possible.

Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


I covered my kitchen island with parchment paper. Since I was working with glitter, I wanted to contain the mess. I also needed to pour out some of my paint, and so just poured it directly onto the parchment paper (like a palette). This worked a whole lot better than dipping my brush continually into the little paint container.

Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


I painted the edges of some of the pine cone scale. I also painted into toward the middle of the pine cone scale on some of the scales. My idea was to make these look like glittery snow. I didn’t want too much paint, but some. Less is more.

Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


When I was done with a color, I lined the pine cones up in a row. If for some reason they needed a second coat (they didn’t), I wanted to know what color was on what pine cone. I put the paint color at the top of the line.

Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


While the paint was still wet, I sprinkled on some glitter. I had actually intended to do this will all of them, but chose not to. I just dusted a few. Some were left as only paint, and others…

Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


were “painted” with mod podge exactly where I wanted my glitter to show, and then …

Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


dusted with glitter.

Allow paint and mod podge to dry for several hours or overnight.

Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


I cannot say enough good things about the Martha Stewart Gilding. I wasn’t certain how I would use it when I bought it… I just wanted a little extra bling. It went on so smoothly and covered so well, I was able to paint the bottoms of the pine cones with just a little bit of the gliding, and each tipped scale come out beautifully! Honestly if I had tried this first and known how well it was going to turn out, I’d have been tempted to do all the pine cones with the gilding.

Note: the gilding clean up requires oops! or goof off.

Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


After allowing these to dry completely, I layered the painted and glitter pine cones into the top of my basket.

These are in the enclosed front hall near our front door on the floor.

Painted Pine Cones in a Basket


Not only do they smell great, they look beautiful too!

This was an easy way to customize a basket of pine cones. You can use any color you like from classic to crazy! The real beauty of a DIY craft project is being able to customize to your decor and taste.


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Christmas Decoration Organization

How to organize your Christmas decorations and decor so you can find things! Organizing your Christmas decor so it is easy to find and does not get damaged. Christmas Decoration Organization Tips, Ideas and instructions.


How to organize your Christmas decorations and decor so you can find things! Organizing your Christmas decor so it is easy to find and does not get damaged. Christmas Decoration Organization Tips, Ideas and instructions.



I am not the most organized person in the world on a day-to-day basis. I am, however, a pretty organized person when it comes to holiday decor. My containers are color coded (green and red for Christmas, orange for Halloween, etc). I now pay for the containers with the flip closures so nothing tumbles out by accident (been there, done that, not at all fun), and I make use of the right storage containers, bubble wrap and markers! I make sure alike items – such as banister decor, sparkly decorations, tree decor, ornaments, etc are stored together. That way, if I don’t decorate the banister one year, I don’t need to haul up those boxes!

Christmas Decoration Organization Tips:

Buy plastic containers with flip and snap closures to prevent spills. If you have old containers, use them until they break before replacing with snap closure bins (I certainly do), but don’t over fill them so they don’t burst open.

How to organize your Christmas decorations and decor so you can find things! Organizing your Christmas decor so it is easy to find and does not get damaged. Christmas Decoration Organization Tips, Ideas and instructions.


Make use of plastic containers in an alike color scheme for each holiday so you will always know which box belongs to what holiday.

Label your containers where appropriate. I have indoor and outdoor lighted garland, and simply label my containers inside and outside so I know which is which.

Head over to your local big box store and buy the Snap ‘N Stack ornament containers. Sooooo worth the money! No broken ornaments!

Buy a Christmas Tree BOX. I tried the nylon softshells – believe me, a box is better. However, if you have a very large tree and have to haul it a distance from storage, the nylon softshells may be a more practical decision.

How to organize your Christmas decorations and decor so you can find things! Organizing your Christmas decor so it is easy to find and does not get damaged. Christmas Decoration Organization Tips, Ideas and instructions.


Buy hard wreath containers. The hardcases prevent the ribbons, bows and other wreath embellishments from being crushed.

Wrap your breakables in bubble wrap, or tissue paper to prevent breakage when saving the original box isn’t an option. I don’t advise printed newspaper as the print can (and will) rub off. If you can find unprinted newspaper rolls, get those! They last forever and can be used for many things. If you cann’t find newspaper rolls, you can always buy newspaper sheets.

Store alike decor in the same box. This is a must for me – that way, if I don’t decorate the banister one year, I don’t need to haul up those boxes from the basement! Labeling the outside of the box makes it super easy to know what type of decor lurks inside.

How to organize your Christmas decorations and decor so you can find things! Organizing your Christmas decor so it is easy to find and does not get damaged. Christmas Decoration Organization Tips, Ideas and instructions.


Store your packed holiday decor in the same area. It doesn’t have to be pretty if no one goes in that area, you just have to be sure the boxes won’t fall, they are out of the way, and most importantly, you can find and get to the decor when you need it!

What Christmas Decoration Organization tips do you have?


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Cheap Christmas Tree Decorations

Cheap Christmas Tree Decorations


Inexpensive Christmas Tree Decorations to reduce the cost of Christmas decor, but not the overall look. If you are looking to save money on holiday decor, here are some Cheap Christmas Tree Decorations and ideas:

I have some very expensive ornaments on my tree, including a whole bunch of sparkly stuff, globes, and hand blown crystal. However I have noticed that a lot of ornaments, particularly crystal (my tree is gold and red predominantly with a touch of white and crystal) don’t fill the “holes” in a tree.

Cheap Christmas Tree Decorations


Regardless of how well you fluff a fake tree, and goodness knows a real tree is seldom perfect, there are always hole in the tree that need to be filled. Some can be filled with large ornaments, some with garland or ribbons, and some, with the cheap thing I do:

As with my banister, I plug the holes with picks and flowers. They are a much larger scale though. I do have some that protrude, some that lay flat, some that clip on, just as with my banister. I use these interchangeably, although the tree doesn’t receive the color assortment the banister does.

Cheap Christmas Tree Decorations


So, I locate a hole (that is my niece!), and basically insert one of those 50¢ – $5 pieces of decor I buy at JoAnn’s on sale, various Christmas stores, Pier 1, etc. You name it, if a store sells glittery flowers, picks, sticks, ribbons, bows and I like them, I look and buy as the color scheme fits.

Cheap Christmas Tree Decorations


Insert in the hole …

Cheap Christmas Tree Decorations


Straighten, and you are done!

Cheap Christmas Tree Decorations


Do this all around the tree

Cheap Christmas Tree Decorations


Up to the very top!

I am all about easy decorations. I can add or subtract my cheap Christmas Tree decorations as I want the tree to appear – full or minimalist. This year, the tree is a bit sparse because the banister is so full. I wanted to highlight the banister this year because, with our seemingly endless house renovations, the banister is scheduled for replacement in February. That means I won’t be decorating it next year, and therefore, I wanted the banister to be emphasized this year.

I am not kidding when I say I change things up. The beauty of cheap Christmas decor is you can add to it, or subtract from it, at will and not feel guilty as you would with more expensive decor.


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