DIY Chrome Pinecones
I got the idea for chrome pinecones from a combination of the Ebpot Nutcrackers and the fact that half of the holiday stuff at Target this year is super shiny. Now that I have chrome spray paint in my hot little hands, I fully plan on chroming all the things.
Side note: don’t make jokes about christmas tagging when buying silver paint. The cashier was not amused.
This is more of a guideline than an exact tutorial because the instructions are basically buy paint, gather pinecones, spray, dry, spray, dry, enjoy. I used pinecones that Spencer gathered (legally) and Valspar metallic spray paint in chrome/silver. I think it was about $5 and the pinecones were free, so this was not a spendy craft project at all. The results, however, look pretty expensive.
I don’t trust myself to mix my good camera with spray painting, so I only have this one process shot. I spray painted outside on the grass (when Spencer wasn’t home or I would probably have a chromed toddler) so I just spread some newspaper out then put a paper grocery bag on top for my work area. It’s important to practice safe spray painting, so please use it in a well ventilated area and read the label warnings carefully.
I found that two light coats gave the pinecones enough coverage. I just sort of nudged them around and over with my finger between sprays. The coats were light enough that it worked fine. I used quick sprays of paint rather than long sweeping sprays, seemed to get in the nooks and crannies of the pine cones well.
These pinecones are shiny. Very, very shiny.
The hardest part is deciding just where to put them in my house. I currently have them nestled into a bowl with some greenery, but they might migrate to the mirrored shelf. I think they need to be up a bit higher because Spencer keeps grabbing and petting them. He called them his shinies and things got a little Gollumy.