Holiday Season Hacks- Budeful Bleached Pine Cones

During the holiday season we are always looking for cheap ideas and fun tips for some awesome festive styling.

One of our followers suggested this tip which we love about bleaching pine cones for that 'Scandi Chic' look.

You will Need:

  • Pinecones (various shapes and sizes)
  • Bleach
  • Large bucket
  • Water
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Bricks or large rocks

Put the pinecones in a large bucket (you can use a 5 gallon utility bucket). Fill the bucket with water first and then add the bleach (we used two parts water to one part bleach) Some of the cones may float. Push them back down into the bleach water and lay some bricks or stones on top. You might have to add another rock or two and tuck any floaters back under the rocks.

It’s best to do this part outside or in a well-ventilated area because of the fumes. Make sure you are wearing clothes that you don’t mind ruining just in case you splash yourself with bleach water, and wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.

Let the pine cones sit submerged in the bleach water for the entire 24 hours for the full effect. Any longer than that and the pinecones will start to deteriorate in some spots. After 24 hours, put on your gloves and work/craft clothes and remove the bleached pinecones. Lay them out on a large piece of paper outdoors so the fumes dissipate. 

As they dry, you will be amazed at the transformation! Once dry, bleached pinecones get a silvery sheen to them that will make them perfect for any type of holiday crafting. Pretty on their own displayed in a tall vase or bowl with some small fairy lights will add to their charm. However you decide to use them, making bleached pinecones is a simple project that yields beautiful results.

Happy Holidays!


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