For a softly elegant look, bleached pinecones can easily be made at home.
1. Using regular laundry bleach completely submerge pinecones in a solution of 1 part water to 2 parts bleach.
2. It can be tough to keep the pinecones submerged so I covered the top of the bowl with plastic wrap and weighted it with a plate.
3. Leave in the solution for at least 24 hours, mine were in the solution for close to 48 hours. The cones will close up and look like they are still brown but check the bottom of the cone and you’ll see definite lightening.
4. Remove them from the solution and dry on an absorbent cloth on a cookie sheet. I got really impatient and after about a day and a half I put the sheet into a 200 degree oven for about two hours. That worked perfectly and the cones opened up beautifully.
I think these beauties will be stunning on the mantel and on a wreath, they should really stand out against natural greens.