If you have seen our recent projects, you know we love succulent crafts! We use faux succulents for some projects, but they can be very expensive, especially the big ones. So we found a substitute and it’s free! Painted pine cones! Pine cones come in all shapes and sizes and they all look like succulents! We’ve used them in all kinds of projects. Here are some of our favorite pine cone succulents projects along with a video how-to:
Pine Cone Succulents Wreath
Here’s a wreath we made with painted pine cone succulents. We based the colors on a real succulent arrangement we found on Pinterest. (See it here.) If we had used faux succulents from the crafts store, this wreath would have cost a fortune. But we used pine cones! So it was less than ten dollars! Woot! (Here’s the how-to if you want to make this wreath.)
Pine Cone Succulents Vertical Garden
Here’s a vertical wall garden we made with painted pine cone succulents. We think it turned out really nice. Our color story is yellow, green, and aqua, but you could make it in any succulent colors. And they come in a lot of colors! (Here’s the how-to for the Vertical Garden if you want to make one.)
Upcycled Planters With Pine Cone Succulents
We love looking for thrift store finds we can upcycle into planters for our pine cone succulents. We bought this tea pot, creamer, and jelly pot for less than $6! And of course the pine cone succulents were free!
How To Paint Pine Cones To Look Like Succulents
Here’s a video we made showing how we paint pine cones to look like succulents:
Materials & Steps For You to Make Your Own Pine Cone Succulents
Pine cones (all kinds work!)
Acrylic craft paint
Long-handled rose bypass loppers or a handsaw
1. Collect Pine Cones
Go for a walk and see what pine cones you find. We discovered all kinds in our neighborhood. Some come from tall pine trees, but others come from smaller bush-like plants. And they come in so many sizes! We live near Redwood Trees and they have tiny pine cones smaller than grapes. We also have Deodora Cedars which have rose-shaped pine cones. If you can’t find pine cones in your neighborhood, craft stores sell them by the bag. Look in the floral section.
2. Cut Pine Cones
Some pine cones are just too big or tall to use in succulent arrangements. We tried a few different ways to cut them in half. A hand saw works, but it is hard to cut them! Rose pruning shears or by-pass loppers work like magic, though. Just lop those pine cones right in half. And you can use both halves! The bottoms look like succulents too.
3. Paint Pine Cones
Paint the pine cones with acrylic craft paint. We like to do two layers of color, a darker one all over and a highlight on the tips. We think it helps to look at pictures of real succulents. We have a Pinterest board of succulent projects – most made with real succulents. We refer to the images when we paint our pine cones. (See it here.)
What do you think? Are you inspired to paint your own pine cone succulents? We’d love to hear what projects you want to do with them. Leave us a comment. We’d love to hear from you!
Jennifer & Kitty
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