Preserving Pinecones

About 20 years ago my father-in-law climbed trees in California (he was 85 then) to get me some of the largest pine cones I had ever seen. I didn't ask and was willing to gather a few from the ground.


Anyway, I have kept them in a box and only get them out during Christmas, but now I'm wanting to do something to preserve them as they are. I imagine I should spray them with something, but I don't know what and fear experimenting, because I might ruin them. Does anybody know how to do this?

By Judi from Elgin, OR

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February 7, 20100 found this helpful

Try just spraying them with extra-strength hairspray to preserve them. I have used it on leaves, so it should work on pinecones, too.

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February 7, 20100 found this helpful

This article suggests spraying with clear acrylic spray, polyurethane or spray varnish.

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February 15, 20100 found this helpful

If you use Design Master Spray, glossy wood tone, it combines a wood tone and glossy acrylic finish. It takes them back to a beautiful natural finish. If you want a deeper finish you can let them dry and then add another coat to darken them.


It is best to apply lighter coats, and watch for drips...I have been a florist for over 40 years and we still use this product on our sugar cones every Christmas.

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