21 Nov 2016
November 21, 2016

How To Make Gorgeous Bleached Pinecones

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How to Make Gorgeous Bleached Pinecones

***Editors Note*** I did some research from several different tutorials on how to bleach pinecones. They all agree, it takes time but they don’t agree on proportions of bleach to water and the time frame. If you have time to experiment, try both ways with small amounts of bleach/water and one or two pinecones. decide which method is best for your needs.

METHOD ONE: 2 parts water to 1 part bleach and submerge pinecones for no more than 24 hours

METHOD TWO: 1 part water to 2 parts bleach and submerge pinecones for 36-48 hours
Start off with pinecones that are in good condition, brown, not green, and have already started opening. The drier they are, the more open the pinecones become. Very dry pinecones will accept bleach better than one with lots of moisture in it. Packaged pinecones have been baked and are very dry. They are a great option to use if you do not have any pinecones available to you naturally in your area. It doesn’t matter what type of pinecones you use. Each species of pine cones will bleach differently. Also, bleaching them will not turn them “white”; they will become lighter, but not pure white. It’s more of a patina or distressed look.
Bleached pinecones require very few supplies and is an easy project. Even so, it does take some time.

Pinecones (various shapes and sizes)
Large bucket
Rubber Gloves
Bricks or Large Rocks

It’s best to do this part outside or in a well-ventilated area. Make sure you are wearing clothes that you don’t mind ruining just in case you splash yourself with bleach water, and wear rubber gloves to protect your hands. Put the pinecones in a large bucket (5 gallon utility bucket is best). Fill the bucket with water first and then add the bleach. The cones will float. Push them back down into the bleach water and lay the bricks or stones on top. You might have to add another rock or two and tuck any floaters back under the rocks. Pinecones close up when they are wet, so if you won’t see any change because they are closed, that doesn’t mean it’s not working. METHOD 1. Let the pinecones sit in the bleach solution for 24 hours, but no more than that. Check after 12 hours or so, smaller pinecones should already be whitish. Any longer than that, the pinecones will start to deteriorate in some spots. METHOD 2. Let the pinecones sit in the bleach solution for 36-48 hours.

After desired time has elapsed, put on your gloves and work/craft clothes and remove the pinecones. Lay them out on a large piece of paper outdoors so the fumes will dissipate. To dispose of the bleach water, slowly pour into a bathtub, being careful not to let any twigs or dirt go down the drain.

As they dry, they will start to open up again. If it’s a warm, sunny day, leave them outside to completely dry. It can take a few days for them to fully open. If you are in a hurry or have a stretch of wet weather, you can dry them in your oven. Set your oven to the lowest setting (it’s usually 170-200 F) and let the pinecones dry for a couple of hours. As soon as they are open, remove them.

As they dry you will be amazed at the transformation! Apply glitter or pearl beads to a few pinecones for added glamour. Mix with unbleached pinecones, ribbon or pine sprigs for a different look. They are even pretty on their own displayed in a tall glass vase or bowl. However you decide to use them, making bleached pinecones is a simple project that yields beautiful results.

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