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Autumn is just around the corner and I’m so ready for it! Sure, the recent UK heatwave has been nice… but I’m now ready for some chunky knitwear, golden-brown leaves and cosy nights in. Who’s with me?!
In my eagerness for the new season, I’ve already started making new decorations for my home. It took me a couple of evenings to decoupage these blue colour-block pinecones, using Bostik White Glu. The results are even better than I had hoped for! The glue has a perfect consistency for decoupage; thin enough to spread easily, but thick enough that it doesn’t drip. (That’s also why I didn’t paint my pine cones… I could imagine the paint dripping everywhere).
By the way, if you’ve not tried decoupage before then you totally should! It’s the process of applying paper to a solid surface and covering it in a varnish (kind of like papier-mâché). Typically, you’d use specialised decoupage glue and paper… which is a bit of a faff. However, Bostik White Glu is a perfect alternative! It also dries clear, so works as an excellent varnish. Plus, instead of using decoupage paper, I just used some tissue paper I already had in my cupboard. Easy!
DIY Colour-Block Pine Cones
Supplies and tools
- Pine cones
- Fine paintbrush
- Bostik craft glue
- Coloured tissue paper
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1. Before you make your decoupage colour-block pine cones, you’ll need to give them a quick clean. Gently wipe them with a damp cloth to remove any surface dust or bits. There’s not really any need to use soap, unless they are particularly grubby. Leave them to dry completely before going on to the next step.
2. Tear up your tissue paper into small pieces. You don’t need to be at all precise with this, but aim for the pieces to be around 1cm square. If they end up a bit bigger or smaller, don’t worry.
3. Squeeze some of your Bostik craft glue onto your paintbrush. Apply a generous layer to one spine of your pine cone, making sure you cover both the top and the bottom. Remember, it dries clear – so don’t worry about applying too much!
4. Carefully place a piece of tissue paper onto the glue-covered spine. Gently press it down, so it sticks in place. Apply a small amount of glue over the top to help stick it in place. Keep repeating this process of applying tissue paper until the entire spine is covered.
5. Repeat this process for several more spines on your pine cone, until you think it looks finished. You could even go all the way and completely cover it in tissue paper!
I love how this project takes the beauty that’s already existent in nature… but adds a crafty spin. 🙂 I’ve intentionally only decoupaged small sections, so the natural autumnal feel remains. But the bright splashes of blue give the pine cones a contemporary feel, which looks really cool on my coffee table. And the lightweight tissue paper allows the natural grain of the pine cones to show through.
(By the way, make sure you check out my post from last year about top tips to decorate your home for autumn!).
Are you excited for the autumn? Or are you more of a summer lover? Let me know in the comments below! – Mike.
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