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Pine Cone Repousse
by Patty Cox

Pine Cone RepousseNo need to despair if there are no pine trees in your area, it's easy to make your own pine cones!
You will need:

  • 3" Styrofoam egg
  • Tacky Glue
  • 12" x 12" aluminum foil
  • Media mixer
  • Green raffia
  • Dried Lima Beans
  • Acrylic paint - Brown, Metallic Gold, and Metallic Green
  • Plastic knife
  • Natural paper,handle bag


  1. Cut styrofoam egg in half lengthwise with a plastic knife.
  2. Apply tacky glue to small end of egg then press a dried lima bean halfway into styrofoam at the tip of the egg.
  3. Apply glue to next row. Insert about 8 rows of lima beans, offsetting bean scallops on each row as shown in the diagram. Allow glue to set.
  4. Tear a 12" square of aluminum foil. Crumple the foil then carefully reopen it.
  5. Place the pine cone on a flat surface then put the foil on top of the pine cone. Starting in the center of the pine cone, gently press the foil into the spaces between the beans. Work out toward the edges, being careful not to tear the foil. Trim the foil and wrap the edges at the back of the pine cone.
  6. Squeeze brown and metallic gold paint and a puddle of media mixer onto a paint palette. Use a scrap of foil as a paint palette. First dip your brush in media mixer then in the paint. Paint the pine cone then wipe off the raised areas with a paper towel. Let dry.
  7. Push a sharp pencil through the top of the pine cone. Thread strands of raffia through the hole. Tie raffia in a bow.

To make a gift bag: Dip an old toothbrush into green metallic paint, then spatter a paper handle bag. Let dry then tie the pine cones to the bag handles with raffia.

Dow Styrofoam® Brand Plastic Foam; Elmer's® Craftbond™ Tacky Glue; Darice® Satin Raffia; Delta Ceramcoat® Acrylic Paints; Bemiss-Jason Kraft™ Handle Bag


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