$5 Upcycle – Firework Pinecones – Perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July

Sometimes there are things around your house that no longer serve their intended purpose. For me it was these pinecones. I had them for years, collecting dust. Perfect for kids projects or seasonal decorations.

They happen to be pinecones from my parents yard in North Florida. They would collect literal buckets full of pinecones when they would clean their yard, and on a few occasions I loaded them up and hauled them to South Florida sure I would find the perfect project for them.

Then Hurricane Michael happened. All of those trees, all of those annoying pinecones were now gone. Except for the ones I had in my baskets. The sentimental fool in me knew that I could no longer just “git rid” of the pinecones.

I grabbed this frames from a thrift store (long before quarantine) and it had been busy collecting dust in my garage. A simple black spray paint coat completely changed the frame and it was less than $2 for the structure of the project.

I cut down the pinecones and arranged them how I thought they looked best on the frame. Let me tell you, cutting these pinecones was a bear. Power tools were involved.

If you don’t have at least 20 cans of random spray paint in your garage, are you even an adult? Please don’t ask me the original project these were for, because I have no idea. All I know is that I now had a project they could be used on.

Make sure to get all sides of your pinecones. It takes a good amount of time to get get in all of the nooks and crannies. I liked the way the gloss paint looked best- shiny and well glossy.

There are different holidays you could do this with, I thought these would look like fireworks, so I went with a more patriotic feel.

Then I hot glued them all together. I used some extra Amazon cardboard on the back for more support, it can not bee seen from the front. This is completely optional.

That’s it. Ready for the holiday weekend. Anyone else?


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