For fall décor, I love pine cones. They're so interesting to look at - all that texture, and they smell good. Best of all - they're free!
I'm very sloooowly starting to add some autumnal touches to the house. (Do you love the word AUTUMNAL as much as I do?) Sadly, I haven't quite embraced fall décor yet - I haven't bought any pumpkins, no mums, no corn stalk bunches... I have, however, walked around outside and picked up some pine cones. Oh yeah, go me!
Pine cones are one of the most simple, natural, (and free) elements you can use for your fall and winter décor. Whether your decorating your table with a centerpiece, or hanging a wreath on the front door, head out and gather up some pine cones.
As I mentioned, I managed to collect a few pine cones from the yard. I took what used to be an appetizer tray, and spray painted it brown. I then used the eraser end of a pencil, dipped it in gold paint, and put some gold polka dots on it.
I added dollar store candle holders, which are a gold mercury glass. It looked kinda cute, but as it's now fall, it needed some pine cones I thought.
No one has noticed, or at least hasn't mentioned the new little centerpiece on my side table, but the cat likes knocking the pine cones on to the floor. As long as he's happy. I aim to please!
Last year the little man and I walked around and collected bunches of pine cones, piled them in a big vase and added twinkle lights. He was very proud of his creation, which we plugged in all last fall and winter.
This year, I think I'll add a few more pine cone-y elements. I love this garland, which would look great strung across our sliding glass doors, or maybe in the bay window near the dining room table.
And aren't these mason jar pine cone centerpieces are adorable? A couple of these would look great in my kitchen window:
A wreath is a must this year. I have several grape vine wreaths that could easily be covered in pine cones. The Shady Porch shows us how to make a pine cone wreath. You could easily spray paint it to match whatever color combo you have going on.
Or, I'm loving the pine cone cluster. Ribbon, hot glue, pine cones.
Last but not least, I do like the idea of scented pine cones. However, nothing offends my nose more than those big bags of cinnamon scented pine cones at the entrance of package stores. They're too strongly. Gag. But I'm thinking, how about if I use spray adhesive and some fresh ground nutmeg? OR, perhaps a small indoor wreath incorporating cinnamon sticks? I'll keep you posted!
What do you do with pine cones? I'd love to hear your ideas, so leave me a comment - it makes my day!