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    How to Bleach Pinecones {Tutorial}

    How to Bleach Pinecones
    A simple free DIY on how to bleach Pinecones for the holiday season

    Hello all! I am so happy to be back this month at Amidst the Chaos and I am so EXCITED to share this Fall/Winter approved tutorial with you. This project is a little different than my normal DIY’s in the sense that it deals with nature. When it comes to Fall decor I normally do not decorate for the season, only for Halloween. This year, I wanted to step out of my normal tradition and do something different. I also wanted to incorporate a bit of nature into my decor without altering it as much. So I thought that I would take on this challenge and experiment with it on pinecones.

    This project is essentially free depending on where you live. It requires a bucket, something to weight down the pinecones, pinecones (picked from nature or purchased), and bleach.

     
    A simple free DIY on how to bleach Pinecones for the holiday season

    Place your pinecones in a bucket. 

    A simple free DIY on how to bleach Pinecones for the holiday season

    Pour bleach into bucket and weight down pinecones with a dish. I filled my bucket with bleach until most to all of the pinecones were covered.   

    A simple free DIY on how to bleach Pinecones for the holiday season

    I let my pinecones sit in the bleach solution for 3 whole days…(I was hoping to get them as white as snow). You can simply leave your pinecones in the solution for 24 hours. Once you are finished soaking them, take them out of the bucket, rinse them off and throw them in the oven at your lowest setting. Increase the temperature to 250 degrees about an 1.5-2 hours into them baking in your oven. Keep them in at this time until the pinecones are fully open. It took me approximately 5 hours to bake them and once they were open and AFTER I turned the oven off, I left them in there until the the next day to absorb the rest of the heat. 

     
    A simple free DIY on how to bleach Pinecones for the holiday season

     

    A simple free DIY on how to bleach Pinecones for the holiday season
     
    A simple free DIY on how to bleach Pinecones for the holiday season
     

    Although the pinecones did not turn as white as snow, the results are still astounding and beautiful. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please do know that you can also add a little spice to these pinecones by adding glitter to them or making them into a garland.  

    *Prior to attempting this project please research how to use bleach properly. 

    Note: The pinecones WILL have an subtle odor (The nature picked ones)
    Use gloves or tongs when taking the pinecones out of the bucket
    I do not advise placing the pinecones into the oven without running water through them. 

     


    Jessica Rey (Reilly)

     
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    11 Comments

  • Reply Karen September 24, 2015 at 9:17 am

    These look so graet when you are done with them! So much prettier than regular old pine cones!
    Pinning!
    Karen

    • Reply jessica September 24, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      Thanks Karen! I really like the lighter look compared to the original.

  • Reply CHelsea Damon September 24, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Hey these are so cute! I love how they’re not bedazzled or anything, just minimalistic touches that bring them up a level. I’ll definitely have to try!

  • Reply Danielle September 24, 2015 at 10:23 am

    These are really pretty and rustic looking. I think the bleach gave them a beautiful variety of color.

    • Reply jessica September 24, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      Yes, they did! It looks more earthy and untouched…I love it!

  • Reply brittany September 24, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Pretty! I never would have thought to bleach pinecones! Very creative love!

  • Reply Roxanne September 24, 2015 at 10:48 am

    What a great idea for fall decorating! And budget friendly too!

  • Reply Jennifer September 24, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    This is awesome! Now I just gotta find some pinecones…

  • Reply Lori Hill-Smith September 25, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    These are really pretty!

  • Reply Justine Y @ Little Dove Creations September 25, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Jess always has the best ideas! I love this, so smart!

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