Pine Cone Crafts

flowerbrackob(z4 WI)February 28, 2007

How can I dry out pine cones that got wet and thus closed up?

I was thinkin' in the oven on low, low, warm???????

They were beautiful, it snowed and now ugly!

Big Ones Too at that.

AAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In the words of the Beatles: "Help, I Need Somebody"...........

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greenthumbs10(z5NY)

Hi, Drying pine cones is very simple. Set oven to 200 degrees. Line baking pan (or pans) with aluminum foil (so you don't ruin your pan with sap) and place pine cones in a single layer in the pans. Bake for 2 to 3 hours. All the moisture will be gone and your pine cones will stay open forever. Have fun. Donna

    Bookmark   March 1, 2007 at 8:36AM
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galcho(z8 Northwest)

Donna,
how to seal them so they don't close when they are wet?
I have nice cones and want to glue them to a old oval oven pot, could be a nice container.
But i am new to crafts, so don't know what glue to use to glue them and what to use to protect them from elements.
thanks

    Bookmark   March 3, 2007 at 5:24PM
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greenthumbs10(z5NY)

Hi, Here is a website that may be helpful. You might find other information on working with your pine cones if you search for info. on the Internet. I'm sure a hot glue gun would work. Although I have not ever glued pine cones to a ceramic pot, I have seen dried pine cones hot-glued to Christmas wreaths, etc.
http://www.wikihow.com/Preserve-Pinecones
Donna

    Bookmark   March 4, 2007 at 7:48AM
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greenthumbs10(z5NY)

Hi, I just found another site that looks very interesting and has other information . . . gotta love the Internet . . . Donna

http://pineconelady.com/

    Bookmark   March 4, 2007 at 8:50AM
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galcho(z8 Northwest)

Thank you, Donna.
I like the Internet and even more i like to meet people who like to share information.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2007 at 11:22AM
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greenthumbs10(z5NY)

Now I just have to figure out what to do with the million or so pine cones I have collected over the years that are just sitting in my attic! Have a good day! :)

    Bookmark   March 5, 2007 at 8:46AM
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bulldinkie(pa)

Make a wreath .Its like a wood wreath it lsts for years and theyre beautiful.I use a wire wreath form.Wire the pinecones on .The wire slips in between the little petal like thingys.what are they called anyway?You wire a bunch on usually larger ones first.Then start filling in with smaller ones till its full.You want wire tight as you can get it.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2007 at 7:54AM
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peter4(6a MI)

A couple of years ago, I made Christmas Trees out of pine cones that fell from our Christmas trees!!!!!! I bought strofoam cones (the green ones that taper up from the bottom) and then glued the pine cones to them with a glue gun. Then we decorated them with those little balls of different colors, some with sparkle in them, arranged some plastic holly on some, put tiny bells on some others, and just kind of used our imagination. We then glued them to a clear plate a little larger than the base of the "tree". I gave all of them and forgot to save one for myself, so this year, the Christmas tree outdoors is really loaded, so I'm going to make a few more. Does anyone know where you can purchase a foam wreath form with mirror insert?

    Bookmark   March 7, 2007 at 10:32PM
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