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Metallic Pinecone or Acorn Box

Fill these boxes with walnut cookies and hand them out as favors, or hang them on the tree.


  • Paintbrushes
  • Acrylic paint
  • Cotton gloves
  • Size (adhesive available at craft and art supply stores)
  • Gold- or silver-leaf sheets
  • Pressed-paper ornament box (pinecone or acorn)
  • Shredded glassine
  • Cookies


  1. Step 1


    Using a paintbrush, apply acrylic paint to both halves (inside and out) of a pressed-paper ornament box (pinecone or acorn). Let dry.

  2. Step 2

    With another brush, apply size (an adhesive available at art-supply stores) to front of ornament (cover the lip that runs inside 1 half ). Let size set until it becomes tacky, about 20 minutes.

  3. Step 3


    Wearing cotton gloves, lift 1 gold- or silver-leaf sheet. Drape over front of ornament; smooth gently with fingers. Using a soft-bristle brush, even out texture, removing stray flakes. Repeat, overlapping sheets slightly, until front is covered.

  4. Step 4

    Reapply size and leaf to sections that aren't fully covered as directed in steps 2 and 3.

  5. Step 5

    Fill half of box with shredded glassine and cookies; close box.