I've been dipping pine cones all weekend.
They're going to go on the tables for the Christmas banquet.
It seems like this would be a simple thing with not much of a learning curve, but guess what? It wasn't simple for me, and there was a learning curve.
So here is what I learned. In case you get the urge to dip some pinecones in paint.
A straight pin works well to pierce a spot on the pine cone.
Then you'll want to use some of those cheap ornament hangers and put one (or two if they're short)through the hole.
That way you can hang the pinecones to dry. (Some sticks placed over a newspaper lined box makes a good drying rack.)
I also found that you'll want to water down the paint a little and take your time dipping them. You won't get as many air bubbles that way.
You also won't have to suspend the pinecone over the paint can for 20 minutes while the excess paint drips off. Watered down paint only takes about 10 minutes.
(I kid! But only a little. This is a time consuming process.)
You're still going to feel like you're wasting a lot of paint. And well, let's face it, a lot of paint is being wasted. (Maybe you'll want to use the paint that's dripped off to paint something else. I wasn't thinking "multi-task!" while I was doing this, but it would work.)
Something else I learned~you don't want to hang the pinecones with the pointy end up. If you do, the paint won't drain off very well and you get this disgusting looking blob that has paint burbling out of it even after 24 hours of drying. I ended up throwing that one away. Even though nothing says "Merry Christmas" quite like oozing paint.
Surprisingly enough, the ones that were hung by the largest part of the middle turned out the best.
I only have 4 more boxes of pinecones to go!
(see where there was an air bubble on the second pinecone on the left? I didn't dip slow enough on that one.)