We don't get a lot of snow here in sunny San Diego, so I have to fake it with things like paint-dipped pine cones.

Paint-Dipped Pine Cones are super-easy to make with some leftover house paint, and they make for a cute entryway decoration during the holidays

A little bit of leftover house paint is all it takes to make these pine cones – gathered on our property – go from to evergreen accent to country Christmas.

Paint-Dipped Pine Cones are super-easy to make with some leftover house paint, and they make for a cute entryway decoration during the holidays

They're not just for the holidays, though. I hung our paint-dipped pine cones on a tree by our driveway so they can greet visitors to our home for get-togethers all winter long.

Paint-Dipped Pine Cones are super-easy to make with some leftover house paint, and they make for a cute entryway decoration during the holidays

I used some leftover house paint from our sponsor BEHR. Their Premium Plus Ultra Exterior Semi-Gloss in Ultra Pure White 5850 is what we're using for the house trim. It's crisp and clean and buttery-smooth, and I  just love the way it flows onto any project I create with it.

Paint-Dipped Pine Cones are super-easy to make with some leftover house paint, and they make for a cute entryway decoration during the holidays

For our paint-dipped pine cones, I made these much like the traditional peanut butter pine cone craft. Fill a big paper plate full and roll the pine cones all around!

Paint-Dipped Pine Cones are super-easy to make with some leftover house paint, and they make for a cute entryway decoration during the holidays

The twine was wrapped around the top of the pine cones pretty haphazardly, just enough to make sure that the paint-dipped pine cones would hang securely.

Paint-Dipped Pine Cones are super-easy to make with some leftover house paint, and they make for a cute entryway decoration during the holidays

As for drying, I hung them up immediately after creation and the excess dripped right on off (make sure to leave a drop cloth underneath overnight!). What was left was a simple, nature-inspired craft that looked right at home in its place on our tree.

Paint-dipped pinecones - the perfect Christmas decoration for outdoors or in

Pin these paint-dripped pine cones for an easy craft to make on a dreary winter day!

Paint-dipped pinecones - the perfect Christmas decoration for outdoors or in

You can find some more fun paint projects on the other BEHR blogger sites, including a rustic front porch Christmas sign, DIY painted wood snowman, painted “Merry Christmas” sign with hanging ornaments, DIY black and white ornaments, an “O Holy Night” sign, fence picket door hanger, some fun ornament frame decor, a holiday planter and an outdoor Christmas display.

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