This simple DIY pinecone & fairy light jar project combines natural elements and a few simple decorative items to make a creative winter display!
If you’ve been reading this blog for very long, you’ve probably noticed how frequently fairy lights seem to sneak into my decor and diy projects. For me, they’re one of those decor items that really give you a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to reusing them in different and creative ways throughout the year. I use these fairy lights and love them!
This simple winter decor idea is one I’ve been meaning to try out for a couple of years now, and for some reason have just never gotten around to. Now that we’re literally living in the land of pinecones since we moved to the mountains, it seemed like a great time to utilize some natural elements as we start to think about transitioning to winter decorating.
Pinecone & Fairy Light Jar
I talked recently about how I’m decorating a little bit more for the seasons this year versus specific holidays. Don’t worry – I still have lots of Christmas decorating planned! But also I want to bring in some winter decor that will work before and after Christmas as well. Call it a little additional hygge home decor. 🙂
This diy decor is designed to be something simple that you can whip together in a matter of minutes, be budget friendly, and reuse everyday items you might already have on hand within in your home or nature. I also love how this could be adjusted to compliment wherever you might live.
If you have an overabundance of acorns or beautiful fall leaves, you could use those instead of pinecones. Live near the beach? Seashells would be another great vase filler. Don’t be afraid to look around your neighborhood and see what you could use!
Making The Pinecones Pretty
Since I had literally hundreds of pinecones to choose from, I picked out ones that had a little variation in size and looked like they would compliment each other piled together in my glass canister. I then let them sit for a couple of days in the garage just to make sure they were completely dried out. They were still lacking a little something, so I used some leftover gold spray paint to give them a quick couple of coats. I think it’s a little hard to see in the pictures, but it gives them a nice little shimmer.
Side note: You could easily keep yours unpainted for a more natural look, or paint them a different color for a different feel altogether. This could also transition into full on Christmas decor with the easy addition of some glitter snow!
Once the pinecones were painted and dried, I popped them into a clear glass canister and arranged them to my liking. You’ll notice I didn’t fill the canister all the way up, just about halfway so that there was some room for the fairy lights. Plus it leaves some room to see through the glass. Gently place the fairy lights in and around the pinecones until the whole strand is wound throughout the vase. I hid the little remote on/off switch tucked down in between a couple of the pinecones so that it can’t be seen.
Where To Use Winter Decor
This little decor scene could be used in so many ways. Here are a few of my favorite ideas:
- As part of a side table vignette either in an entryway or living areas (picture it on top of a stack of books!)
- On a kitchen island to add some winter cheer.
- Used as a bookend for cookbooks on your kitchen counter.
- Use it as a table centerpiece. Depending on your table size you could even make 2-3 grouped together as a statement.
- Add it to a bookshelf and tuck it in amongst the books for a nod to the changing seasons.
Overall this super simple DIY project was so fun to do! I love how with a minimal amount of time and effort it’s easy to add some winter cheer to our home.
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