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How To Make A Stunning Pine Cone Flower Heart Decoration

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

Even though pine cones 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 pine cones a riot of reds, purples and pinks. The colours you usually associate with love!

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

This gorgeous pine cone flower heart doesn’t have to be for Valentine’s. Why not be like the Scandis, and decorate with hearts all year round?

This pine cone flower heart will go 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 Pine Cone Flowers

  • Pine cones, smaller ones, are better. If you can only get hold of big ones, don’t worry. You’ll end up with a bigger heart. You’ll need 15-18 pine cones, depending on their size.
  • Bleach to lighten the pinecones, making them easier to paint. Regular household bleach works well.
  • Acrylic paints in an assortment of pinks and reds—also a little yellow paint for the centre stamens of the pinecone flower.
  • IKEA RIBBA 23cm shadow box frame
  • Gorilla Glue Clear . This was the best glue for sticking the pinecones to the cardboard backing. It’s crystal clear, and as the adhesive doesn’t set straight away, you have time to fiddle with the flower heart arrangement before it sets.
  • Pink chalk spray paint
  • Secateurs
What you need to make pinecone flower heart decoration

How To Make A Pine Cone Flower

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

Step 2: Take them out of the bleach and leave them overnight to dry. Once dry, using the secateurs, cut down the pine cones by removing the top two rows of pine cone petals.

Cutting down the pinecones to paint into flowers

Step 3: They are now ready to paint. Paint the petals with a variety of pinks, purples, and reds. On the edge of the pine cone, petals paint a lighter shade of pink to achieve a variegated effect. Paint the centre of the pine cones 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 Flower Heart

Step 4: First, spray paint the shadow box frame with pink chalk paint.

Spray painted shadow box

Step 5: Paint a pink heart on the cardboard mount. Use the same paints that you used for the pinecone flowers. The heart should be the size of the pine cone flower decoration.

Painted pink heart of picture background

Step 6: Once the paint on the pine cones has dried, arrange them in a heart shape.

Step 7: Next, glue the pine cones to the painted heart background one by one using the Gorilla Glue Clear. As both the cardboard and pine cone bottoms are porous, there is no need to wet them before glueing. Just squeeze a small amount of the glue onto the base of the pine cones before sticking them on the pink heart.

Glueing the pinecone flowers using Gorilla Clear glue

Step 8: Carry adding glue to the pine cones’ base until the whole pink heart is covered.

Step 9: Once you are happy with the arrangement of pine cone 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.

Step 10: Place the mounted pine cone 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 pine cone flower heart can either be hung on the wall. Or, as the box frame stands up on its own, you can place it on a shelf or mantle.

I’ve made another Valentine’s craft for my mantle, which also uses natural elements, with these embroidered hearts. Or if you fancy a wall hanging, check out these watercolour 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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DIY pine cone flowers

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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.