Every year, after the Labor Day long weekend my kids and I pick hundreds of pinecones that have fallen on the beach. I use them to decorate around the house; they add a warm cozy feel of autumn to the space and they’re free!
Before bringing the pinecones inside, I rinsed them off with water and let them dry on the deck in the hot sun to get rid of bugs. Next, I pick out the bad ones, the ones squirrels munched on and keep the good ones.
This is one of those rituals that reminds me that Fall is on its way and helps me plan various decorating projects for the winter. I love filling a white metal bucket with pine cones and using it as a centerpiece for the picnic table. It’s a good use of pinecones since they fall right on the beach. Tip: Fill the bottom of the bucket with rocks to keep it in place even on windy days.
In the walkout basement, I have some pine cones displayed in a metal tray on a vintage trunk. The whole look says Nature, which is perfect for the space, as it’s surrounded by beautiful large windows with lake views.
Here, I filled a very large wicker basket with pinecones, it looks great centered on the table, adds texture and a rustic touch to the room.
I also use pinecones to make Christmas ornaments, as place card holders on table settings, and I often give them as gifts. I love their natural beauty, their simplicity and how quickly they transform a space from summer to Fall with minimal effort and cost.
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