Monday, December 18, 2017

Bleached PineCones Napkin Rings and More

Celebrate the beauty and colors of the season by bringing nature indoors with pinecones and combining it with your favorite holiday hues.

 I first bleached pinecones on a whelm back in 2013. Pinecones have always been popular in crafts and bleaching them has proven quite well liked to use in projects. You can read about my original process here. Four years later I'm back at it again making simple pinecone napkin rings this time.

Of course I started with using full strength dollar store bleach once again. Here,you can see areas of the cones lightening already.

 After leaving the pinecones in bleach overnight, I let them dry off on paper towels first and then .  .  .
placed them on parchment paper and into a 250 degree oven  until they opened again. That took about a couple of hours.

 Isn't the coloring gorgeous!
 Next, I initially hot glued the pinecones onto 2 inch cabone rings for a quick grab set, but once the hot glue dried, I added E6000 glue for a more permanent hold. 

The color of the cabone rings matched the undertones of the pinecones perfectly.

 Then, I mixed purple glitter and mod podge into a thick paste and  

applied the mixture onto the edges of the pinecone scales.

and let dry.

So pretty!
Then I removed the layers of paper napkins  .   .  .
and mod podge the printed side onto the back of a plain glass plate.
Once dry, used sandpaper to remove the napkin edges from the glass. 

 And sealed the back with more mod podge for a wonderful effect!

 Makes for a lovely holiday place setting!

What an easy way to make adorable pinecone napkin rings!

Thanks for stopping by

and take a little time to enjoy -

Happy Holiday Crafting!


  1. Wow! This is such a great idea! Very pretty table setting too. Are cabone rings like wooden curtain rings? Where do you get them?

  2. Those are so pretty! I bleached some pinecones this year and my husband was like, " why are you bleaching pinecones?" Lol. They just look pretty bleached! Love this use for them and how you can match them with your decor! Beautiful!

  3. Love your glitzy pine cone napkin rings Gail. You are so clever. A great way to create a pretty look for the table. Merry Christmas. Thank you for your kindness in such sad times. xo

  4. Very pretty! I love them bleached, but even better once you added the purple glitter!

  5. Just beautiful!!! Why do you have to bleach the pinecones?. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful work.

    1. Thanks! I bleach pinecones for a different look in using them in décor. It's amazing what patterns and designs are uncovered by bleaching them.

  6. Will the plates hold up to hand washing? Is the final coat of mod podge enough to seal the back of the plate?

    1. Yes, the plates should hold up to hand washing, but I haven't tried it yet. I always use a waterproof Mod Podge that seals and is suppose to hold up in the top drawer of the dishwasher.

  7. How pretty! I was so surprised to see how prettily the Mod Podge with glitter dried! Great idea! :) Lisa

  8. That is a beautiful table setting.. I had never thought of bleaching pinecones but I do love how they look! Pinned.


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