How to Bleach Pinecones

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Have I mentioned that I've developed a wonderful relationship with household bleach since I moved into the farmhouse this summer?

                                                  I have....bleach and I are now best friends.

I've learned that when used carefully, in addition to making smelly gym socks and t-shirts fit to be worn in public, a couple of gallons of bleach can make grout white, drains smell better and toilets sparkle but bleach is also a pretty cool decorating tool (and I'm sure that it doesn't surprise you at all that mine's  lavender scented!)

I actually believe that there was a point in August where every time I went to the market, I picked up a gallon....or two.

Now that the majority of the heavy cleaning  at the farmhouse is complete and my sons have gone to college, I found myself with three nearly full gallons taking up space on my only shelf in the laundry room so I thought,
                            I wonder what else I can bleach....
                                              (I mean, other than the occasional dark sock and stray red t-shirt).

So I gathered some pinecones from my front yard and put them into a jar, a few at a time.  It only took a about 15 minutes. I could tell that they were changing colors, even before they dried.  I rinsed them and left them to dry on paper towels for a couple of days.

The results, of course, are glorious! So pale and soft...and the perfect accent for my holiday decorating theme this year.

If you're looking for a change from the normal brown pinecones or simply want to try something different; grab your house hold bleach and a few pinecones and bleach a few for yourself.

Stop by again to see how I incorporate bleached pine cones into my Christmas decor this year!


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