How To Make A Pinecone Flower Heart Decoration

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A Valentine’s Pinecone Flower Heart

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!

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.

Pinecone flower heart decoration for Valentine's

If you liked this post you might want to check out some of my other pinecone crafts.

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70 Responses

  1. 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

  2. They look AMAZING! Almost like 3D watercolour flowers! So clever Claire 🙂 #HomeEtc

  3. So pretty and happy looking, though I’d definitely not bleach my pine cones for environmental reasons. Perfect for Valentine’s Day #GoingGreen

  4. Never thought humble pinecones could look so pretty and colourful.

  5. Ah that’s very cute, and so easy to do it as well

  6. This is so pretty but I am wondering if you could miss out the bleaching stage. I am not on mains sewage and have a septic tank so I can’t pour bleach down the drain. #GoingGreen

  7. Claire I never knew pine cones could look so happy and festive. You have transformed them into something else!!

  8. Love this! Pinned.

  9. This is beautiful; wish I had some pinecones right now! Just wondering how bleaching makes the pinecones easier to paint? Doesn’t the paint cover them up anyway?

    • Thank you. The bleaching lightens the pinecones so you don’t need as much paint. However, bleaching is optional.

  10. What a clever idea! The pine cones look really pretty shaped into a heart. Not only pretty Valentine’s decor but some that you could leave up all year long. Love it!

    • Thank you, Linda. It’s part of my gallery wall and will be staying up all year.

  11. Wow, this is gorgeous, Claire! I love the colors! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  12. That’s very clever, and a great way to use those left over Christmas pinecones.
    I love that Clear Gorilla Glue too, it’s so versatile 🙂

  13. Adorable, Claire! Pinned!

  14. I absolutely love this. Thanks for sharing at To Grandma’s House We Go DIY, Crafts, Recipes and More Link Party. I pinned this! Hope to have you join again next week. Have a great day!

    • Aww, thank you so much. It was fun to use pinecones and they are free which is a bonus.

  15. I absolutely love everything about this project – the reuse and originality! Thanks for sharing on “Sweet Inspiration”!

    • Thank you so much, I like to craft with the things around you,

  16. Claire, I absolutely LOVE your creative mind!! These are absolutely beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing them with us at the Thursday Favorite Things party, I’m featuring you this week! Congrats!
    Happy weekend! xo
    Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance

    • Thank you so much, I’m pleased you liked them and look forward to seeing the feature.

  17. This colorful heart immediately caught my eye at Kathleen’s party. So pretty and unique.

    • Thank you, the bright colours do make it stand out on the mantle

  18. I love the three dimensional affect of the pine cones in this project Claire. It look absolutely fabulous!!
    Thank you for sharing this DIY at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring it at tomorrow’s party and pinning too.

  19. How beautiful…Hi, I would like to invite you to my blog party “The Classy Flamingos” held each Wednesday thru Friday. You’ll get large picture exposure and shout outs. You may get PINKED and get even more exposure! I hope you’ll come join us. ~Linda

  20. Hello Claire! Sooooo cute!!! I am so glad that you are being featured this evening at Share Your Style #195 ~ such a fun, easy to make {and inexpensive} project to make. I am sure your pinecone heart is just brightening up your home so much.

    Thanks again and congratulations on being featured,
    Barb 🙂

    • Aww thank you so much that is awesome and I look forward to seeing the feature.

  21. Really fun idea using the pine-cones to your art piece. I love the texture of the painted pine-cones. Happy Valentine’s Day, Kippi #kippiathome

  22. Oh my goodness, I adore these. The end result is so pretty and effective *off to find some pinecones* #homeetc

    • Thank you so much. There are still plenty on the ground in our park.

  23. Gorgeous and I agree it can be displayed all year round #goinggreen

  24. Amy

    Oh, I love this so much! I am always looking for pinecone crafts. My next door neighbor has two pine trees that drop lots of pinecones in our backyard (although they are the large pinecones, not small). So, I always have pinecones on hand. Thanks so much for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

    • Thank you. It will work just as well with big pinecones as small, you’ll probably just end up with a bigger heart.

  25. Your pinecone heart is stunning! What a terrific idea!

  26. I love pinecones and this is so inspiring!! Beautiful! I’ll be sharing it as one of my features at Share Your Style tomorrow. Thanks for linking up!

  27. Superbe !

  28. I’ve seen pine cone flowers before but I love making a heart out of them.

    • Thank you. I thought a heart would be quite festive for this time of year.

  29. This is so pretty. I love how the pinecones look like flowers. Thanks for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Party.

  30. This is such a cute project and I have saved pinecones for something, Im thinking with such pretty bright colors it would be cute out in my garden on a tree, I need a little color. I would love to have you stop by and share your projects for my readers on my Wonderful Wednesday party.
    Keep creating!!

  31. Cooooooool!!!!! Love how this turned out so much. I have got to go find me some more pinecones

    • Thank you, Michelle. Painting pinecones are fun and really does transform them.

  32. Love it Claire, brilliant idea to paint the heart shape first on the background. thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday! I may be starting art classes with some of the kids in my neighborhood again (as my heart just can’t take it that they don’t have exposure to creativity) and I’m sure the little girls will just love this one.

    • Thank you. Painting the background helped with the placement of the pinecones and how they looked at the end.

  33. I really like this idea, Claire! Who knew pine cones could be so beautiful.

    • Thank you, Marie. I know it’s amazing how some paint can transform them.

  34. Hi this is Kristina visiting from Homemade Hangout. This is so pretty! I wish I was this creative.

    • Hi Kristina, thank you. They are very easy to make, I’m sure you could give it a go.

  35. That looks amazing Claire! I will definitely be attempting this. Thank you x

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