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How to Bleach Pinecones

Bleached pinecones are simple to make and can add a touch of woodland whimsey to any space.


  • 5 gallon utility bucket



  • Add pinecones to a large bucket.
  • While outside, or in a well-ventilated area, add 2 parts water to 1 part bleach to the bucket.
  • To keep pinecones submerged in the mixture, lay bricks or large stones over them.
  • Let the pinecones soak in the mixture for 24 hours. Then, use your gloves to gently remove the bleached pinecones and place them on a roll of paper to dry out and allow fumes to dissipate.
  • It may take a few days for the pinecones to dry naturally. If you need them to dry faster, set your oven to the lowest setting and let them dry for a few hours.