So I have this little woodland theme going on this year. It wasn’t intentional or something I planned, it just so happened that I had some mushroom, some pine cones and there it was.
These were the grave decoration I picked up really cheaply after All Saints Day. Remember I used the branches for my door wreath?
Well after I dismantled them I had that pile of beautiful branches but also these six large pine cones.
They looked a little sad after being outside in the cold though and would have opened up by themselves eventually. But I don’t have that kind of patience.
So I popped them in the microwave. I did them one or two at a time and checked the progress all the time to make sure I wouldn’t burn them. I let the excess sap drip off onto a parchment paper. It smelled real woodsy in the kitchen during the process. And to be honest I can still smell it a little bit when I turn the microwave on a week later so if you don’t want that – don’t try this at home.
The pine cones opened up beautifully as you can see. I did an experiment in dipping one of them half in white paint and decided it looked pretty cool but that one was enough. Woodsy!