What to do with pinecones

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13 years 8 months ago #15329 by moggy
Having picked up one that had been split, I thought that they could look pretty cut in half and varnished
Here is the first attempt
I am thinking that slices of pine cones would make great coasters -does anyone have any other ideas for uses?

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13 years 8 months ago #233171 by Celtic_Kiwi
What a clever idea.

Is there any way you could make dinner placemats. Glue a group together somehow?

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13 years 8 months ago #233174 by Kiwismum
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I have one that my grandfather made for me years ago. He split it and mounted it on a stand and the whole thing was vanished. You do have to make sure they are properly dry though or else they will break.

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13 years 8 months ago #233180 by spoook
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My father made me a hedgehog out of a pinecone years ago. Want a picture?

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13 years 8 months ago #233196 by moggy
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Celtic_Kiwi;209516 wrote: What a clever idea.

Is there any way you could make dinner placemats. Glue a group together somehow?

Not a bad idea, they probably would need to be on a backing material, any idea what would be good? something water resistant would be necessary.
If I an cut them thin enough I am thinking to fill a picture frame.

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13 years 8 months ago #233198 by moggy
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Kiwismum;209519 wrote: I have one that my grandfather made for me years ago. He split it and mounted it on a stand and the whole thing was vanished. You do have to make sure they are properly dry though or else they will break.

yes pictures please.

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13 years 8 months ago #233261 by NZ Appaloosas
Great idea! But there are also lots of other things you can do with pinecones. Dab them with glue (school liquid glue or other glue that dries clear) and then sprinkle them with glitter, for placement on wreaths, Xmas trees, or into bowls. During winter, cover them with peanut butter or lard/suet and roll them in bird seed, hang outside the windows and watch the birds feed. Have the kids paint them and glitter them for Xmas ornaments.

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www.bhg.com/decorating/do-it-yourself/qu...rate-with-pinecones/

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13 years 8 months ago #233290 by Isla
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Kiwismum;209519 wrote: I have one that my grandfather made... and the whole thing was vanished.

moggy;209544 wrote: yes pictures please.

No point; it was vanished! :D

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13 years 8 months ago #233303 by gemini kiwi
Had a neighbour in our previous home who was very arty/crafty. She showed me a pinecone, rather large and was stuffed with various coloured fabric balls which were filled with raw wool, she used it as a pin cushion and her needles and pins stayed in good condition because of the wool. I made heaps myself, it was fun to do various colour combinations, actually could be a good idea for kids to do for Xmas presents. The cones do have to be dried and open though, I got good results used clean fresh ones and drying them slowly in a low oven.
Anyone keen I'll give more exact instructions on how to do them.

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13 years 7 months ago #238676 by spoook
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Here is my pinecone hedgehog, very dusty [:I]

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13 years 7 months ago #238682 by gemini kiwi
Oh Spoook,
Is his name Isiaha? :D

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13 years 7 months ago #238714 by spoook
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Hahaha, one Isiaha than the other eh????
:D :D :D

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9 years 7 months ago #445509 by Aquila
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If it was me, I'd slice the pinecones to get lots of layers. Get some hardboard and cut to the size of the placemats. Build a small border around the edge with clay. PVA the cone slices onto the hardboard then fill the lot with laminating resin and put waxed glass on top. When it's all set, Take the glass off which should leave a flat surface and remove the clay around the edges which gets wet sanded till smooth. Post pics of how cool a whole set look.

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9 years 7 months ago #445538 by max2
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School holidays are nearly upon us and dried pinecones are awesome as fire starters in winter. Our girl grabs the used feed bags and goes wandering to collect bag loads to sell in winter... as well as for us and Nan and Pop.

A good little pocket money spinner for the kids and good use of those long summer school holidays... :)

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