Are you in on the trend of succulents? If you answered no, I just have to ask, why the heck not? Is it because you are the grim reaper of the gardener world? Is it because you are not ready to commit to keeping something alive that cannot scream when it’s hungry? Girl, I get it. But what if I told you that you could enjoy those beautiful succulents and now cactus WITHOUT worrying about them dying? Well, it’s true. I have the “BE ALL / END ALL” solution to your brown thumb problems. Pinecone succulents. Boom. Mic drop
Before we get down to the fun details, if you are not into painting, check out Felt Succulents- Brown Thumbs Rejoice for a free download of my felt succulent patterns. Trust me, you are going to want to check it out!
Finding Your Supplies
You’ve heard me talk about pinecones before. I am pretty obsessed with them. I just love the beauty that they hold. Anyway, today’s craft project utilizes those pretties, and some beautiful paint made by Modern Masters.
Have you had a chance to check out the mirror redo I did featuring Modern Masters Paint? If not, be sure to, as it gives the low down on this mesmerizing paint.
Gather Your Pinecones
Pinecones are such a broad term when it comes to the different types of cones that can be used for crafting. Today, we are using true pinecones (white pine) and Hymillian Cedar cones. If you do not have access to these, never fear, you can get them on Etsy in bundles!
Now I have no doubt that you have seen the pinecone succulent pictures floating around on Pinterest. That’s where this idea originated! This tutorial will build on that theory!
Disassembling The Cones For Crafting
Some of the cones we are using today need to be taken apart slightly to create the beautiful flower. The great thing about the cedar cones is that they fall apart pretty easy (which means more mess) When it does come apart, remove the rose from the top (BE CAREFUL, it will come apart if not handled gently) and then remove the rest of the parts of the cone. You should be left with something that resembles an umbrella. Set these aside.
Painting Your Pinecone Succulents
A simple search will yield you an impressive cache of images to get an idea for your paint selection. Since I am working with colors that I already have on hand (Modern Masters Copper Penny, Copper Flash, Teal and Black in the metallics collection, and Apple Barrel in various colors) I decided to get creative and mix my own custom colors to suit my needs.
Those umbrella looking things? Paint them green for cactus. Also paint the rose looking Himalayan roses green, and then paint the tips and the center a deep purple. For the white pines, Take them apart and save the bottoms. Give them a paint color of your choice.
Mix small amounts of each new color, that way each pinecone succulent will be unique and one of a kind. Also, this helps to reduce the amout you end up wasting.
Create Something Beautiful
Now that we have a ton of these cute little faux succulents, what do you suppose you’d do with them? You could just place them in a bowl with some pretty rocks and place them on your desk or table. Add a little moss and you have a lovely centerpiece.
Or you could make a whole bunch and add them to pens for your office…
Or a wreath
I mean the possibilities are endless. Use them the same way you would any other faux succulent.
Are you planning to make these pinecone succulents? What will you do with them? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,
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