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How To Make A Pinecone Flower Heart Decoration

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A few months ago whilst making some pinecone fall mason jars, I noticed that if you cut the top off pinecones they look like flowers. That is where I got the idea for this gorgeous Valentine’s pinecone flower decoration.

Even though pinecones can be cut to look like flowers, the colour isn’t great. I’m not a fan of brown flowers! To pimp the pinecones for Valentine’s decoration, I first bleached them and then painted the pinecones a riot of reds, purples and pinks. The colours you normally associate with love!

To show off these beautiful pinecones, they were arranged in a heart shape and glued onto card so that they could be displayed in a frame.

This gorgeous pinecone flower heart doesn’t just have to be for Valentines. Why not do like the Scandi’s, and decorate with hearts all year round!

This pine cone flower heart will go really well with the painted wood slice rustic heart I also made for Valentine’s day.

Assorted bleached pinecones

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What You Need To Make A Pinecone Flower Heart

  • Pinecones, smaller ones are better. If you can only get hold of big pinecones, don’t worry you’ll just end up with a bigger heart. You’ll need 15-18 pinecones depending on their size.
What you need to make pinecone flower heart decoration

How To Make A Pinecone Flower

1. The first thing to do is bleach the pinecones. Place them in a large jar with a 50/50 bleach water solution for a few hours. The pinecones will close but don’t worry they will open up again once taken out and dried. Bleaching the pinecones will not make them white it will just lighten them few shades.

2. Take the pinecones out of the bleach and leave them overnight to dry. Once dry using the secateurs cut down the pinecones by removing the top two rows of pinecone petals.

Cutting down the pinecones to paint into flowers

3. The pinecones are now ready to paint. Paint the petals a variety of pinks, purples, and reds. On the edge of the pinecone petals paint a lighter shade of pink to achieve a variegated effect. Paint the center of the pinecones yellow or pink so they look like stamen.

Painting pine cone flowers
Painted pinecones to look like flowers for a Valentine's decoration

Making The Pinecone Flower Heart

  1. Firstly, spray paint the shadow box frame with pink chalk spray paint.
Spray painted shadow box

2. Next, on the cardboard mount paint a pink heart. Use the same paints that you used for the pinecone flowers. The heart should be the size of the pinecone flower decoration.

Painted pink heart of picture background

3. Once the paint on the pinecones has dried arrange them in a heart shape.

4. Next, glue the pinecones to the painted heart background one by one using the Gorilla Glue Clear. As both the cardboard and pinecone bottoms are porous there is no need to wet them before gluing. Just squeeze a small amount of the glue onto the base of the pinecones before sticking them on the pink heart.

Glueing the pinecone flowers using Gorilla Clear glue

5. Carry on adding the glue to the base of the pinecones until the whole of the pink heart is covered.

The thing I love about this Gorilla Glue Clear: It’s so clear that it’s virtually invisible.

6. Once you are happy with the arrangement of pinecone flowers place a heavy object such as a book on top of them. This will weigh them down as the glue sets. Leave the arrangement for at least 2 hours before removing the book.

Books holding down the pinecones as the Gorilla clear glue drys.

7. Finally, place the mounted pinecone flower heart in the shadow box frame.

DIY painted pinecone flower heart display made with Gorilla Glue Clear
Pinecone flower heart for a Valentine's day decoration

The pinecone flower heart can either be hung on the wall. Or as the box frame stands up on it’s own you can simply place the frame on a shelf or mantle.

I’ve made another Valentine’s decoration for my mantle, which also uses natural elements, with these embroidered hearts. Or if you fancy a wall hanging check out these watercolor paper Mache hearts.

Pinecone flower heart decoration for Valentine's

If you liked this post you might want to check out other ways to paint pine cones and these pine cone craft ideas.

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Sunday 4th of October 2020

How do you cut them? I’ve tried before and gave up. Is there a special tool that works best? I love this look!

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 4th of October 2020

Thank you. I just use a pair of garden secateurs and use that to snip off the scales.

Linda at Mixed Kreations

Sunday 12th of January 2020

Oh how fun and super cute! I painted some a while back to look like zinnias. But I really love how yours turned out. I have some more and I think I'll try beaching them first too.

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 12th of January 2020

Thank you, bleaching them first is not necessary but does make them easier to paint.


Thursday 9th of January 2020

I have millions great idea.

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 9th of January 2020

Thank you, have fun making them.

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Saturday 4th of January 2020

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Lins @ Boo & Maddie

Monday 4th of March 2019

It's brilliant when you can use things you can find in nature for fab projects like this! Thank you for sharing as always Claire X

Claire Armstrong

Monday 4th of March 2019

Thank you, I love to craft with the things around me.