Post # 1
I was wondering if anyone who has used pinecones in their wedding decor can help me out.
I was thinking of buying them, but it occured to me that maybe I canjust pick them up off the ground. However I am worried about sap and bugs being in them.
Have any of you picked up your own pinecones? Did you need to de-sap and de-bug them? How did you go about doing it?
Post # 3
You can choose one of two methods:
Drying Pine Cones
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spread pine cones across it in a single layer. Place the pine cones in the oven for 30 minutes or until the cones are fully opened and the sap has melted. Do not leave the oven unsupervised during this time, be alert for smoke or fire.
- Remove from oven and let them rest for a couple days before cutting or using in crafts.
- This drying process will kill any bugs and melt the sap due to the heat. There will be a natural sheen or gloss from the melted sap.
Washing Pine Cones
Instead of oven drying, you could wash then air dry them. Here’s how:
- Wash the pine cones in a sink full of warm water with 1/2 cup to 1 cup of vinegar. Let them soak for 20 to 30 minutes. Make sure all the sap has been washed away. This washing process will debug the pinecones as well.
- Lay down two or three layers of newspapers on the workspace that you will be drying the pine cones on. After soaking, rinse the cones in fresh water then lay the cleaned pine cones on the newspapers in a single layer. Allow to dry for 3 or 4 days.
- The cones should be fully opened when they are completely dry. There will be no sheen to these since the sap has been washed away rather than melted into the cones.
How To Bleach Pine Cones White
- Use a 50/50 mix of water and chlorine bleach. Soak the pine cones in the bleach solution for 8 to 9 hours. Remove the pinecones from the bleach, rinse off in fresh water then lay them out in a single layer to dry in the sun.
- The bleach will kill all bugs.
Preserving The Pine Cones
- After the pine cones have been fully dried, de-bugged and opened, you can spray them with a clear acrylic spray, polyurethane or spray varnish. It doesn’t have to be a heavy coat, but try to ensure the pine cone is fully and evenly covered (don’t miss the bottom).
Post # 5
I also plan on using pine cones in my wedding too. I plan on putting my table seating cards in the pine cones but Im having a tough time getting them to stay and thinking that i have to hot glue all of them individually and that seems like a lot of work.
I bought 4 packs of cinnamon scented pine cones last xmas on clearance just to try out the idea and then this spring i found a ton on the ground and have to de bug and de sap them as well. So thanks for posting on how to do that!! Here is the idea i was aiming for for our wedding….
Post # 7
I am having a pine cone themed wedding – I will upload a few pics this weekend while I am working on DIY stuff – they’re everywhere in my projects!
Post # 8
I had a pink-brown-pinecone theme on my winter wedding earlier this year. I picked alot of pinecones and gave them to the florist who just had to organize them in huge vases.
I post a pic:
the only pinecone I bought was a huge one, to which we attached the rings:
Post # 9
I’m also using pine cones for my wedding. Cleaning them now with the soaking method. I will also be bleaching them for my winter wedding =) Also I am loving that huge pine cone idea for the ring bearer! I will probably be using that!!