How to spray paint a pine cone

Pine cones are nature’s little gems, and they can create some gorgeous fall/winter decor for your home. You can make pine cone crafts and everything from pine cone centerpieces to pine cone bird feeders.

In this blog, I will teach you guys the complete method to spray paint a pine cone at home, do the DIY paint job, and achieve satisfactory results.

How to spray paint a pine cone

Don’t miss any point or step explained in this guide if you are an amateur and don’t know the complete procedure because you can mess up the surface. This guide is best for newbies and beginners because the steps are easy to follow.

How to spray paint a pine cone?

Now I will explain all the steps here so you guys can follow those and the procedure I will explain is very easy to follow, especially for beginners, as I have mentioned earlier. Gather these tools below and start spray painting pine cones and get the desired results.

  • Spray paint
  • Primer
  • Pine cones
  • Sandpaper
  • Drop cloths
  • Rags
  • Old cardboard for testing spray paint
  • Goggles
  • Gloves
  • Respirator mask
  • Paint suit (if you can afford it)
  • Clear coat
  • Vacuum cleaner for cleaning
  • Soapy water
  • Brush for cleaning

Wear protective gear

When you are ready to spray paint your pine cones, it is important to first put on some protective gear. This includes gloves, mask, goggles, and old clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on.

Once you have your gear on, set up your work area. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area and lay down a drop cloth or newspaper to catch any stray paint.

Clean the pine cones

It’s important to clean the pine cones before spray painting them, otherwise, the paint won’t adhere properly.

To clean them, simply mix some soapy water in a bowl and give them a good scrub with a brush. Rinse them off afterward and let them dry completely before starting to spray paint.

Sand the surface

Spray painting pine cones is a great way to add a pop of color to your home décor. But before you start spraying, you’ll need to lightly sand the surface of the pine cone.

This will help the paint adhere to the cone and create a smooth, even finish.

Spray paint a pine cone

To sand, the pine cone, start by holding it in one hand. Use the other hand to rub a piece of sandpaper over the surface of the cone.

Start with coarse grit sandpaper and then switch to a finer grit for a smoother finish. Once you’re finished sanding, wipe away any dust with a clean cloth. Then you’re ready to start spray painting!

Apply primer and spray paint on pine cones

Once you have your materials, set up a work area. Make sure the area is well ventilated and that the surface you are working on is protected.

To apply the primer, hold the can about 6 inches from the pine cone and spray evenly. Allow the primer to dry for about 15 minutes before applying the spray paint.

When applying the spray paint, again hold the can about 6 inches from the pine cone and spray evenly. Allow the paint to dry completely before handling the pine cone.

Apply clear coat

It’s important to apply a clear coat after spray painting pine cones. This will protect the paint from chipping and prevent the cones from rusting.

To apply a clear coat, first, make sure the cones are completely dry. Then, holding the can about 6 inches away from the cones, spray a light, even layer of clear coat over the entire surface.

Allow the clear coat to dry for 24 hours before handling the cones.

Clean up the area

After spray painting pine cones, it is important to clean up the area around the cones to ensure that no paint is left behind. Here are some tips on how to clean up the area around your pine cones:

  1. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the area around the pine cones. This will help to remove any leftover paint.
  2. Use a vacuum to clean up any loose paint chips.
  3. Once the area is clean, you can then dispose of the pine cones in the appropriate manner.


There are a few different types of spray paint that can be used on pine cones, but acrylic paint is generally the best option. This type of paint will adhere well to the cone surface and will provide a nice, even coverage. You can find acrylic spray paint in a variety of colors, so you can choose the perfect shade to match your decorating theme.

It typically takes 2-3 days for pine cones to fully dry after being spray painted. This timeframe can vary depending on the type and brand of paint used, as well as the environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, etc.). To ensure that your pine cones are completely dry before using them in a project, it’s best to allow for at least 2-3 days of drying time.

Pine cones can be dried quickly and easily using the microwave. Simply place the pine cones on a paper towel or plate and microwave on high for 1-2 minutes. Check the pine cones after 1 minute to see if they are dry. If they are not, microwave for an additional minute. Once the pine cones are dry, they can be used for a variety of purposes, such as crafts or decorations.

To seal painted pine cones, you’ll need to choose a non-yellowing spray varnish clear coat. This will protect your pine cones from fading and chipping, while also keeping them looking shiny and new. Be sure to follow the directions on the can carefully, and apply a thin layer of varnish to the pine cones. Allow them to dry completely before using them in your project.

Conclusion on how to spray paint a pine cone

In summary, when spraying paint on a pine cone, you want to pay special attention to how you are holding your spray paint can. If you are spraying paint in the wind, hold the can in an upright position.

If you are spraying paint in the rain, hold the can in a sideways position. And if you are inside your home, with no wind and no rain, you can hold the can in any position you want.

I hope you enjoyed our article about how to spray paint a pine cone. With this knowledge, I know that you can achieve the desired final look you want after completion of the paint job.

So what are you waiting for? Get started on your next pine cone craft with this article!

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