Place dry pine cones on a foil-covered baking sheet in a single layer. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees for about minutes. Spray them with a little acrylic sealer to give them a little sheen and to give strength since pine cones are fragile.
extra small lights, connected to a battery switch so there was no visible cord. beat up old wood bucket from World Market. Pine cones are easy to find around fall, got mine at Dillons (Kroger), cinnamon scented!