A ubiquitous feature of the autumn season, the humble pine cone is often found scattered beneath the branches of the conifer tree.
The well-known woody cone (called a “strobilus” in botanical parlance) with overlapping scales that spiral in Fibonacci sequence, is actually the female. Underneath these scales are seeds that are wind-pollinated by the smaller, herbaceous male cones. While still attached to a tree or lying on the forest floor, pine cones open their scales during dry periods to disperse their seeds and close them up again when wet, year after year. It’s an amazing reproductive cycle that has ensured the pine tree – as well as other evergreens – thrive all over the world.
1.Pine Cone Wreath
There are perhaps thousands of ways to create a wreath of pine cones, but we especially like this number for its cheery display of autumn hues.
2.Ombre Pine Cones
Painting the tips of pine cone scales with gradual color changes elevates a hum-drum woody seed into a vibrant decorative piece. Display them in a clear vase or place anywhere in the home that desperately needs a splash of color.
3. Zinnia Flower Pine Cones
Inspired by the zinnia flower, this ingenious craft takes advantage of the tightly clustered scales found on the bottom of the pine cone as the structure of the flower. Slap a couple of coats of paint on there and you’ve got a permanent bouquet of zinnias.
4. Pine Cone Christmas Trees
5. Pine Cone Roses
Because pine cones have alternating scales that resemble petals, they make for a lovely array of faux flowers that can be enjoyed year-round. Simply scavenge pine cones large and small, as well as a few twigs that serve as their thorny stems, and anoint them in your favorite colors.