DIY Projects

Sparkling Holiday Pine Cone Centerpiece

The holidays are right around the corner and new Christmas decorations are a weakness of mine. I seem to always find something new to add to my collection every year. Some of these decorations can end up costing you a bundle unless you wait to see what you can find after the holidays, but by then you might end up with slim pickings depending on when you go.

Last year for Christmas my Mom put different colored ornaments of all sizes into a candy jar and used it as a decorative piece to be included in her Christmas decorating. This year she thought of the idea to do that same concept but with pine cones. I loved the idea so much that I decided to make a centerpiece of my own. In this post, I will provide you with a list of the items you will need and steps you will take to create your own sparkling and festive centerpiece for your home during this holiday season.

 Things you will need:

Pine cones


Acrylic paint

Spray adhesive



Various sizes of Christmas Ball ornaments (small or large will both work).

The first thing you will need to do is collect your pine cones, any size and shape will do, depending on how you want your centerpiece to look. You will then need to sanitize them to make sure you get rid of any creepy crawlies that might have made their home inside. You will take your pine cones and soak them in one-part water and one-part vinegar for 30 minutes and let them dry for 24 hours.

You will then need to bake them in the oven at 250 degrees for 2.5 hours on a baking sheet covered with foil, and then let them cool. Once they have been sanitized and cooled you will be left with something like the picture below. These were only half of the pine cones that I used in my centerpiece.

Next, you will start painting your pine cones using the acrylic paints and adding the glitter. You can see some of the paints and glitter options I used when making the pine cones below.

You can either sprinkle glitter on while you are painting when the paint is still wet, or you can spray the painted pine cone with adhesive spray and sprinkle on glitter afterward. After you’ve completed the painting and glitter process, you should have several pine cones in all their sparkling and festive glory waiting to become a magnificent centerpiece.

Once they have dried you can place them in the container of your choosing along with the Christmas Ornament balls to create a festive design to go with your Holiday decorations in your home. If you happen to try this holiday decor DIY idea, or if you come up with other uses for your newly sparkling pine cones, please share. I would love to see all your beautiful creations!

Glittery Pine Cones
My completed centerpiece.
Glittery Pine Cone Holiday Centerpiece
My Mom’s completed centerpiece!

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