Bit by bit, the Blackcabbit crafts its nest of DIY handmade art and illustrates a kingdom of doodle critters to beautify the world she lives in.
There are many great tips on the internet on how to prepare pinecones for crafts – all on a mission to destroy the evil critters residing in them before they take over our house. For instance, the two most popular methods – soak them in vinegar (mixed with water); or bake them (though the Japanese seem to prefer the boiling method).
For me, I don’t want to ruin any pot by choosing the soaking or boiling method. So, I prefer to annihilate the invisible critters with the baking method. I am very picky with my “porcupines” and had only brought home the ones that looked pretty clean. So, after a quick rinse, they were ready for the heat. (Note: Pinecones will close up in wet or cold conditions.)
Generally, the pine cones are placed on a cookie sheet (without touching each other); in a preheated oven set at either 200 or 250° F; ranging from 30-60mins. One is supposed to check on them from time to time, to make sure they do not burn.
Thankfully, I did checked on my “porcupines” because I did not convert 250°F to Celsius! Instead of setting my Japanese oven at 120°C, I had mine at 200°C. After 15 minutes, my pinecones changed from a beautiful sepia color to a boring dark shade. SOB!
So, I had to cover these over-baked pinecones with acrylic paint.
This lot was so much better since I baked them at 120°C for half an hour. All ready for craft! Stay tune to see how I transform them into beautiful and adorable Christmas ornaments.