When using pine cones to create natural home decor or ornaments, you may want to bleach them to give your pinecone project a more beachy and clean look. Once your pine cones are bleached you could hang them from your dining room chandelier or in a window by attaching sheer or velvet ribbons to the top. Just use a glue gun or attach with a tack to the top. Pine cones make great decorations and if you can find them in your local park or yard, you have a cheap or free decoration for Fall, Thanksgiving or the Christmas season.
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How to Bleach Pine Cones
Directions for Bleaching Pine Cones:
1. Add 2 parts bleach to 1 part water solution to a glass or plastic container (or bucket) that you don’t mind having bleach in. Example: 2 cups bleach + 1 cup water.
2. Add pine-cones and weight them down with a plate to make sure all of the pinecones are submerged in the bleach water.
3. Let the pine cones sit in the bleach water for 48 to 72 hours. As they sit will close up.
4. Place paper towels on a baking sheet. Remove the pine cones from the bleach water and place on the paper towels.
5. Let them air dry for up to a week. You will know they are dry when they open back up.
TIP: To speed the drying process, let the pine cones air out for one day after you remove them from the bleach water and then dry them in a 250 degree oven until they open up and are completely dry.