Throwing theme parties is so fun and what better idea for the summer than a tropical party?! However purchasing party decorations can be so expensive just to use one time. Not to worry when you can make your own! Read on to see how to transform pine cones into pineapples for tropical parties. These can be used for place card holders or for tabletop decor.
First, start by rounding up some pine cones. These were from a local park which kept the cost to $0 but can also be purchased at a craft store. Check to see if they will stand up on their own as they will need to be upright for the pineapples to take shape. If they do not stand on their own keep them to the side. They can be used for tropical flowers. Also, make sure they are in good shape and not falling apart. They need to be sturdy.
Next, use a disposable plate if you have one to keep the mess minimal. For this step, you will need acrylic paint in the colors of your choice and a regular paint brush. White works great as a base coat as it helps the other colors to pop more instead of painting them straight onto the brown pine cones.
Make sure to paint layer by layer to get the best coverage.
Allow the pine cones to dry before you begin painting the next color onto them.
Now paint on tropical colors. I choose to do them in several different colors so each one was unique.
They can even be done in two toned paint. This one above would not stand right so I used a knife to cut off part of the bottom. It was then used to create a flower instead.
Felt was used for the leaves by cutting random lengths but using the same basic shape. Make sure your paint is completely dry before beginning to glue them on. I used hot glue here as it is faster, but craft glue would work as well. Start from the top and work down in rows until the pineapple starts to look full.
The bottom right corner shows the tropical flower option. For those cut out larger leaf shapes and glue in rows.
As you are working the hot glue may string onto the rest of the pinecone, but can easily be removed once cooled. Once cooled…remember that part and you won’t have blisters like I always have! 😉
And voila! There you have it! Fun tropical accents for very little money!