Pine Cone Table Decorations

Are you looking for some adorable pine cone table decorations for spring? This easy spring DIY is for you!

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pine cone table decorations

Do you think of pine cones when thinking about table decorations for spring? If you are like me, you relate pine cones to fall and winter projects.

But this adorable pine cone floral arrangement will change your mind!

Supplies for pine cone table decorations project laid out on a work surface.

Let’s go over the supplies you will need for this pine cone flower craft.

list of supplies:

how to mix milk paint

Milk paint is easy to mix using a one-to-one ratio of water and dry milk paint. You can use Milk Mix EZ to reduce the foaming that can happen with milk paint. If you stir the paint slowly, you won’t have much problem with foaming.

An ice cube tray is a perfect container to mix small amounts of milk paint. You’ll only need one teaspoon of milk paint to one teaspoon of water. Add the water first then the milk paint. If you let it sit for a minute or so, the milk paint will absorb the water and mixing will be easy!

pine cone flowers

Using the pointed floral clippers, cut the pine cones into about 3-4 sections creating pine cone flowers. This step is messy so be prepared to clean up with your shop vac!

BTW, I started using the regular wire cutters to cut the pine cones as you see below. Take my word for it, the pointed floral clippers linked above in the supplies list work much better!

Close up of lady cutting a pine cone to make a pine cone floral arrangement.

After cutting all of your pine cone flowers, stir the paint and grab your artist’s paintbrush! And prepare to be a little messy. Holding the pine cones while you paint them gets your fingertips covered in paint!

But Joanna Gaines says that in the kitchen if you are not making a mess, you are not having fun!

Let’s use the same mindset with this project, ok? 😊

Paint as many pine cone flowers as you need in a variety of colors. Separate some of the pine cone petals and paint them in Layla’s Mint (green) to represent leaves for the floral stems.

what can you make with pine cones?

You can make so many projects with pine cones but most of them are Christmas or winter-themed. That’s one of the cool things about these pine cone table decorations – these floral stems are intended for spring and summer!

And here’s another great thing about these pine cone flowers – change the paint colors for different seasons! Can’t you see these in all the fall colors that mums come in?

And for winter?? They could be painted in a variety of whites and add a little glitter! That sounds like another post!

Pile of painted pine cone flowers in spring pastel colors for a pine cone table decoractions blog post.

spring home decor

For now, let’s stick with the spring theme!

Once you have painted all of your pine cone flowers, it’s time to assemble them. Cut the 18 gauge wire stem in half with heavy wire cutters creating about 8-9″ lengths.

You might want to watch this step in the video towards the end of this post. Basically, you are going to thread the thin brown wire through some of the pine cone petals and then wrap the thin wire around the 18 gauge wire stem.

Twist the thin wire down the stem to the next spot where you want to add a flower, thread the thin wire through the petals and then wrap the wire on the stem again

Three flowers fit the flower stem well if you place them 2- 2/12″ apart. The top bloom should sit directly on top of the stem. You might have to use some hot glue to hold it there!

what can I do with old pine cones?

Maybe I forgot to mention this, but my pine cones were collected last Christmas from our yard and sat in a box in my garage for a year before making anything with them. If you collect pine cones for this project, you should do a quick Google search for ways to get rid of the little critters that can live in the pine cones.

Once all of the pine cone flowers are secured to the stems, bend them slightly to create a more natural-looking flower stem.

Then grab the container you want your arrangement in – I used an ironstone pitcher – add a piece of floral foam inside the pitcher and cover it with floral moss to hide the foam.

Lady holding green floral moss, ironstone pitcher and supplies lying on the work surface for pine cone table decorations.

pine cone table decorations

Floral arranging is not my strong suit, that’s for sure! Fortunately, the free-form aesthetic is popular! When you add your floral stems to the foam, arrange them how you see best, bending the stems as you need to.

Pine cone table decorations example of a pine cone floral arrangement in an ironstone pitcher on a table.

So, what do you think? Don’t these pine cone flowers make a beautiful arrangement for spring? This sweet little arrangement is sitting on our $2 communion table in the kitchen currently and it makes me smile every time I pass through the kitchen.

Simple decor like this is my favorite. How about you? Do you like simple decor for your home?

BTW, that table will be painted in the next few weeks – sign up for our email so you don’t miss it!

another pine cone table decoration!

There was a lot of pine cone flowers leftover and they had to be used up. You will never believe what the sphere is made from!

It’s a balled-up piece of heavy craft paper covered in floral moss! My craft cabinet was empty in the styrofoam ball department!

Isn’t this pine cone topiary adorable? And it cost next to nothing – pine cones from my yard, a stick from my yard, leftover moss from several projects, and hot glue!

Btw, my hubby hand-carved the wooden bowl it sits in. He makes them in his workshop in the evenings after work. Isn’t is gorgeous??

Pine cone table decorations example of a pine cone topiary sitting on a table.

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Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint has been used a lot in our workshop over the years. Here are two furniture makeovers that are popular on Pinterest.

pine cone table decorations

Did you enjoy this pine cone table decoration tutorial? Let me know in the comments if you would like to make these florals for your home! What kind of container will you put your floral arrangement in? Tell me about it in the comments – I would love to hear your plans!

Close up of pine cone table decorations example of pine cone floral arrangement in an ironstone pitcher.

YouTube video

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  1. Hi Cindy! I am totally smitten with this cute idea. Pine cones are my go item to decorate with all year around and now I have another way to repurpose them. Thanks for sharing this beautiful diy decor idea. Pinned X2 because it’s phenomenal.
    xo, Do 😘

    1. Aren’t pine cones the best?? So glad you enjoyed the post and thank you so much for pinning two times!! I appreciate it my friend!

  2. How smart to create a bouquet with pinecones! Love this idea, and the colors you chose are so pretty!

    1. Aren’t they fun to work with? So glad you enjoyed the post Julie!

    1. Omgoodness, thank you so much! Blogging is alot of work but so rewarding 😊

    2. Thus fantastic. I have seen these as Zinnias before. For me these soft colors are perfect.

      Pinned and now I’m going to try this idea!

      1. The pine cone flowers could be painted for any season! That’s what I love about them 😊 Happy crafting Cindy!

  3. I LOVE the colors you chose for this project. I am so inspired to try this at home. Thank you for sharing another wonderful idea with your readers.

    1. So glad you enjoyed the project, Anna! Thanks for stopping by! 😊

  4. Cindy, this is a really great craft project. Love the flowers and how you created it out of pinecones. Pinned!

    1. Thanks for pinning Tammy! 🥰

  5. GENIUS!!! These are BEAUTIFUL, Cindy!!! Man, you are SO creative. I’m obsessed with these. You have them styled so lovely.

    1. Thanks Rachel! I’m excited to make more for other seasons 😊

  6. Thanks, Cindy, for posting this project using pine cones. I have quite a few that I have used in various ways but have always wanted to make flowers from some without being able to quite figure out how to put them together. The suggestion for the pointed floral clippers is really what I needed. My clippers are short and I’ve tried to use them with much frustration and no success! I’ve placed my order for the pointed ones and now look forward to adding some new “flowers” to my areas.

    1. The pointed floral clippers were a game-changer for this project! I tried using regular wire cutters and they made a mess! So glad you enjoyed this project – if you make them for your home, email me a picture! I would love to see them 😊