In a ventilated area, line a surface with plastic and then paper. Secure a rod across an open cardboard box.
Insert a screw eye into base of each pinecone. Attach a 10-inch-long wire to each screw eye.
Stir gold paint. Wearing gloves, dip pinecones to coat; hang on rod in box. Let dry (at least 1 day).
Remove wire; thread with ribbon.