9 ways to transform pesky pine cones into true beauty

If pine cones are littering your yard, you might have never really given them much thought other than how to get rid of them. But take a closer look and you'll see that these textured beauties really are something to behold.
We have some fun and interesting DIY project ideas to transform plain pine cones into something totally new and worthy of being displayed in your home. Whether you're looking for a glitzy statement piece for a holiday gathering or wanting a more natural and permanent addition to your home, we've got ideas that'll make you happy these guys are in your own backyard!
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Crystal covered pine cones
If you are looking for your pine cones to have a frosted look, be sure to check out this easy DIY tutorial to learn this technique.
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Bleached pine cones
For a super unique pine cone transformation, bleach these textured beauties for a look that's completely new. The end result would be a total standout dinner table centerpiece. Get the full tutorial here.
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Pine cone fire starters
Did you know pine cones are very flammable? That makes them the perfect base for creating your own fire starters. Follow the steps in this tutorial to create your own beautiful fire starters. Keep them on hand for impromptu summer bonfires, or give them as party favors during the holiday season.
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Faux zinnia arrangement
Do you ever put together a beautiful arrangement of flowers only to see it start wilting the next day? With this tutorial from A Fanciful Twist, you can create an everlasting bouquet of faux zinnias using pine cones!
Painted pine cones
Think pine cones are only for the holiday season? This tutorial from eHow will prove you wrong by showing you exactly how to paint pine cones for any time of year. All that texture can make painting a little tricky, so be sure to read the instructions before you get the paint out. You can use the finished product to make your own wreath (see No. 7 for inspiration), or you can gather them into a bowl for a festive decoration at any season!
Miniature Christmas trees
These mini Christmas trees are just the cutest way to brighten up the holidays. We think they'd make great place cards to mark guests' seats at a holiday dinner!
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