Ombre Painted Pine Cones

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I love crafting with pine cones in the Fall. It’s seems like every time I go for my morning walk, I can’t help but pick up a few on the way to turn into some sort of craft or Fall decoration. Today’s craft idea is ombre painted pine cones. They make such a pretty Fall decoration, perfect to show off in a glass vase or bowl.

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Ombre is a French term meaning “shaded,” usually in a multicolored stripe, with colors graduating from light to dark. It easy to achieve on pine cones and so pretty!

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All you need to start with is three different colors of paint from the same color family—one light tone, one medium tone, and one darker tone.

I used Americana Multi-surface Satin Paints because, this paint is truly a “multi-surface” type of paint. And, I would say pine cones is definitely a different type of surface. Craft acrylic paints would work too. I pick a pretty teal, green and red tones for my pine cones. Specifically, for the teal ombre pine cones I used cottonball white, coastal waters, and deep turquoise Americana multi-surface satin paint. For the green pine cones, I used apple green, turf green, and green beret. For the red/orange pine cones, I used orange sherbet, pumpkin patch, and deep scarlet.

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To paint your own pine cones, squirt each of the three paint colors onto a plate. Then, use a sponge brush to start at the bottom of the pine cone with the darkest color. Paint approximately the bottom third of the pine cone. Using the same sponge brush, dip it into the middle tone color and paint the middle section of the cone. Finish off by painting the lightest color at the top third of your cone and let dry.

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This was a great outdoor Fall craft activity. I made a whole batch of pretty painted pine cones and let them dry completely before using them as decorations. They make a gorgeous Fall centerpiece for any table. The best part is, this craft idea is simple enough to get the whole family involved for a fun weekend craft project.

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Go for a walk, find some lovely pine cones and try this easy Fall craft idea today!

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Thanks so much, Stephanie, for letting me share this craft idea with your readers.

Happy Crafting!


Pauline Molinari.headshot in blog postPauline Molinari is the crafty maven at Club ChicaCircle, who loves to craft with her tween daughter. She can turn ordinary things into fabulous crafty creations. She has a background in art and graphic design as well as many years in children’s publishing, but has found a new passion in crafty DIY blogging. She co-blogs with her sister, who also has a tween daughter. Together they share their crazy crafty insight in raising daughters in the hopes of that they will become inspired and empowered young ladies. Pauline lives with her husband and daughter in sunny Southern California, but is a Midwest girl at heart.


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  1. says

    So pretty! I’m so proud of my sis who made these and love seeing them here on the wonderful Somewhat Simple site! Yay!!