How to Bleach Pinecones for Holiday Crafting

Skip the trip to the craft store and prep your own pinecones with this simple bleaching tutorial.

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Find out how bleached pinecones can add a unique flair to holiday decor.

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Create the perfect Christmas garland with these DIY bleached pinecones.

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

Materials Needed

  • 4 quarts bleach
  • 2 quarts water
  • pinecones
  • large bucket
  • smaller bucket
  • weight (we used a brick)
  • floral wire
  • garland


Combine the bleach and water in a large bucket and carefully drop in all of the pinecones. Put a brick or some other weight inside a smaller bucket. Then place the small bucket  inside the large bucket to keep the pinecones completely submerged. Let them soak for 24 hours. 

Dry + Decorate 

Remove the bleached pinecones, and lay them out to dry in the sun until they open back up. Now they are ready for whatever craft project you desire. To attach them to greenery, simply use floral wire. 

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