How to Bleach Pine Cones

Pinecones are plentifully in forest and parks, making them a cost effective way to decorate a home any season of the year. There are different ways to decorate pine cones, with bleaching being one of the most popular techniques. Using just bleach, water, and a bucket, you can make bleached pine cones of your own. The pine cones can end up having anything from a driftwood look to a blond tone, making this a way to add a unique flair to your interior design.

Bleach Pine Cones Materials:

  • Pine Cones
  • Bucket
  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Brick or rock or something to weigh down pine cones.  {in the image below, I used a Glass jar}
  • Baking Soda
  • Rubber Gloves

How to Bleach Pine Cones:

Step 1.  Add pine cones into bucket and wash with warm water. Toss out the water and add the pine cones back into the bucket.

Step 2. Put on your rubber gloves. Add approximately 1 1/2 liters of bleach. Add 1/2 liter of water. Let sit in a safe area away from pets or children.

Step 3. Add a weight to keep the pine cones down in the bleach.  Wait at least 48 hours.  As a result of being wet pine cones close and stay closed until dry.

Step 4. Carefully, pour out the bleach. Note: You can do batches using the same bleach water.

Step 5. Rinse the pine cones with warm water well. Then sprinkle with about 1/3 cup of baking soda add more water and swish around. Drain. I added the baking soda to help with the smell of the bleach.

Note: Do not place these pine cones in the oven to dry! The bleach and even a low temp oven do not go well.