Thankfully, our Stampington office is located near a park with beautiful walking trails lined with pine trees. On a recent lunch break, a coworker and I took our totes and filled them with fallen pinecones to use in autumn-themed projects.
Initially I planned to paint the pinecones and then fill a bowl with them for fall décor, but I wanted to make them more functional, so instead opted to use them as place card holders. It's best to pick pinecones that have a flat bottom and are a little wider so that they stand up more easily.
You can choose any color to paint your pinecones with, but I was set on a terracotta hue to match the table runner I used. If you don’t have the right color of terracotta paint on hand, try mixing some orange and brown acrylic paints.
Using a paintbrush, lightly paint the ends of the pinecone scales and then allow them all to dry. While the pinecones are drying, you can start making your guests' name tags. Simply stamp their names onto kraft paper using the ABSeas stamp set and black ink, and then cut them into individual name tags. Now you're ready to tie the final look together. Find a crevice in each pinecone to insert your name tags. You can also matte the name tags onto a piece of cardboard for a sturdier look.
Place your harvest-themed place cards around your table this fall for a warm, festive touch.
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