Hearth Bucket

By  Meggan Maravich 

  • Hearth Bucket


  • Metal paint pail 8” (available at home improvement and hardware stores)
  • Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Snow (Titanium) White; Cocoa; Plantation Pine; Light Avocado; Milk Chocolate; Dark Chocolate
  • Wax paper
  • Silver or gold paint
  • Paraffin wax
  • 1/2 ounce of fragrance oil per pound of paraffin
  • Glitter
  • Pine cones


  • Sponge roller
  • Paintbrushes: flat; detail
  • Varnish
  • Spoon
  • Double-boiler or microwave
  • 1. Clean pail with vinegar and water solution. Let dry. Use sponge roller to apply Snow White to front half of pail. Randomly add spots of Cocoa.
  • 2. Use photo as guide to freehand pinecone design on pail. Paint pinecones Milk Chocolate; shade Dark Chocolate; highlight Cocoa. Use detail brush to add sprigs of Plantation Pine and Light Avocado.
  • 3. Fill bucket with pinecones, wood chips, newsprint rolls and other fire starters.
  • Dipped Scented Pinecones
  • 1. Making your own fragrant pinecones is a simple way to decorate your home for the holidays. Make extras for budget-friendly gifts and package them in a lovely painted hearth bucket.
  • 2. Cover your work surface with wax paper. Paint pine cones with silver or gold paint, if desired. Let dry. Heat paraffin wax in a double-boiler or in microwave at 50% power until melted, stirring with a spoon frequently. Remove from heat. Add 1/2 ounce of fragrance oil per pound of paraffin. Stir until mixture is completely blended. Let cool for five minutes before dipping. Hold pine cone at the base and dip into paraffin mixture. Roll it around to make sure it is coated with paraffin. Remove pine cone and hold it over the paraffin mixture until it stops dripping. Sprinkle with glitter if desired.