Happy Friday! Jenn here, with a fun and easy DIY placecard project. Our post earlier this week on modern hostess styles received such a great response that we started thinking about other fun ways to modernize a Thanksgiving table. I had been planning a gold pine cone placecard holder when Camille had the idea to experiment with adding a touch of neon. Set against simple white china and gold flatware, our neon-dipped pine cone is a thoroughly modern take on fall decor! Read below for instructions on how to create your own.

*images by She-N-He Photography

  • pine cone
  • paint brush
  • acrylic paint
  • paper plate

Using the paper plate to protect your table or counter, dab the tip of each prong of the pine cone with paint. For best results, make sure that you’re creating very thick applications of paint. Let dry overnight. Take a paper placecard (Chanel created ours using letter stamps and gold ink) and wedge in between prongs at the top of the cone. You should not need any adhesive for the placecard to stay in place.

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  1. 1
    Ashley @ Any Lovely Thing & Yeah. We Bake. November 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Gorgeous! Such a cute idea.


    • Jennifer Rose Smith November 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Thanks, Ashley!

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    Rachel November 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    These would be perfect for a girly brunch!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith November 9, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      That’s just what I was thinking, too, Rachel!

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    Sally from Little Hiccups November 9, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    These look fantastic! Such a simple idea but it makes such an impact on the table. I remember making similar pine cone decorations as a kid (usually for Christmas) but they never looked quite like this – probably something to do with the excessive amount of glitter I always used 😉

    • Jennifer Rose Smith November 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      Haha! Yes, I think I may have some glittered pinecones in my past, too. I was in Camp Fire Girls and we did projects like that all the time! This neon pinecone DIY would be fun to do with kids.

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    Justine Rossi November 10, 2012 at 7:58 am

    I LOVE these! : )

    • Jennifer Rose Smith November 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Thanks, Justine!

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    Ashley November 11, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Aww, I just love these. And they’re so simple!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith November 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      I know! I wish all of my DIYs were this simple…

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    chelsea j November 11, 2012 at 3:08 am

    I really like this idea. . .could use some glitter tho;p

    • Jennifer Rose Smith November 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Yes, Chelsea, I definitely think you could add some glitter to this one. I even saw some “glitter paint” made from very fine glitter at the craft store that I thought about using. You’ll have to post a link to your project here if you finish it!

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    agnes szucs / iiiinspired November 11, 2012 at 7:19 am

    what a great and easy idea!


    • Jennifer Rose Smith November 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Thanks, Agnes!

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    diane smith November 11, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    love the pinecone touch for Fall…the pink pops & adds a yummy accent!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith November 12, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you D!

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    rachel November 11, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    LOVE…i want to put a bowl of these on my table for a holiday center piece! Thanks for such a neat idea!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith November 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      Thanks, Rachel! A bowl of these would be super cool. You could even do them in varied neon shades. Happy (early) Thanksgiving!

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    Live.Laugh.Lucerne November 15, 2012 at 8:44 am

    What a great idea. I just followed your DYS, bought some neon pink paint and pine cone but the color is turning orange whole drying…any tips? thanks

    • Jennifer Rose Smith November 15, 2012 at 11:12 am

      Sure thing — I would make sure that (first) you’re using acrylic paint and (second) that you’re applying a very thick coat. It should be thick enough to need to dry overnight. I can also give you the info on the exact paint we used. It’s available from Michael’s, the brand is “craft smart” and the color is “Neon Pink”. Here is a link to the product line: http://www.michaels.com/CraftSmart%E2%84%A2-Acrylic-Paint–2oz./cp0396,default,pd.html Hope that helps!

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    elli by studio34E November 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    WOW! I have never thought about neon pinecone placecard!! Is so beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing!

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    Julia March 6, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Those are adorable!

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    Leanne April 7, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Hope they r easy because we plan on making 250 for my wedding.

    • Jennifer Rose Smith April 7, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      Well, they’re not so much difficult as they are time consuming. One pine cone has more prongs than you would think! I would definitely enlist the help of some friends if you’re planning on making that many.

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    manoli63manoli June 25, 2013 at 11:20 am

    me ha encantado, te copio la idea.


  15. Love this and special that you put the “how to” in, saved to my pinterest . Sheila at House of Cones

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    MEAl5 October 8, 2017 at 3:16 am

    easy idea! thanks you!

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    MEAl5 November 14, 2017 at 12:51 am

    This looks quite simple to put together! thanks you!

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    Gifts August 27, 2018 at 11:57 am

    This really look so cute. Lovely.