Thinking about making a pinecone table centerpiece for your fall decor? Great idea! A pinecone centerpiece DIY is a cheap, easy, and fun craft project for your home. Let me show you how to make a fall pinecone centerpiece.
Making a DIY pinecone centerpiece for your table is a great idea for your fall or Christmas decor. Pinecones are plentiful and free and are a great way to add a bit of rustic and natural decor to your home.
You can create your own centerpiece for fall with pinecones in 30 minutes or less. Use different kinds and sizes of pinecones, stick them in floral foam and you are basically done.
I am a collector…
Or should I say, that I am a bit of a hoarder…
Nah, let’s go with that I am a scavenger…
Or even better, I am a finder of treasures…
I love going on nature walks, especially in the fall season. Those magical autumn days when the leaves are in full color, the sun is shining, the temperature is still nice, and nature is at its best.
But when I go on a fall walk, an empty backpack comes with me. Because fall is the best time of the year to go find free decorating materials everywhere. And no matter how many totes and crates I already have full of fallen pinecones in all shapes, sizes, and forms, I always bring home more. Can’t help myself.
I have seen lots of crafts for pinecones already but this pinecone centerpiece inspired me to create my own pine cone table decor.
So what is a girl to do who has a serious pinecone problem? Make pinecone crafts of course!
Today’s project is a lovely pinecone centerpiece that is so easy to make, that you can whip it up in less than 30 minutes. And with all that free decorating material out there, it is a very cheap and inexpensive project too.
In my humble opinion, pinecones are the perfect fall decor that works beautifully for Thanksgiving decorating too. Fall is the season that all the pinecones have naturally dried and tend to fall off the trees. They are there to harvest and use in pine cone crafts and decorations.
So let’s get to it, and make a DIY fall centerpiece that will look great all through fall until Thanksgiving.
How to Make a Pinecone Centerpiece
Step 1 Collect Pinecones
The first step in this cheap fall centerpiece tutorial is gathering and preparing your basic material. You will need plenty of pinecones in various sizes.
Go on a nice nature walk and collect as many pinecones (or pinecone-like berries) as you can find. I used pinecones from trees and shrubs like cedar, fir, pine, larch, common alder, and spruce. Anything I could find easily and collect without damaging the trees. If you are interested in learning about all the different pinecones, I found this article especially helpful.
Step 2 Preserve Your Pinecones for Crafting
After bringing your found treasures home you have to prepare them for crafting. The first thing is to clean all your pinecones from mud, leaves, and pine needles. Use a soft brush or some pliers to get the dirt and debris off your pine cones. Spread the pinecones on some newspaper and leave them to dry, this will give little bugs and critters the time to leave.
If you are worried about germs and bugs you can soak your pinecones in soapy water to clean them more thoroughly. This will also mean you will have to be extra careful in drying them afterwards.
Spread your pinecones out on some newspaper to dry. Pinecones are dry when they open up, and no longer feel cold. This can take a few hours up to a few days, and is related to how fresh the pinecones were when you found them.
If you have soaked your pinecones it might be a good idea to dry the cones in a moderate to hot oven. Spread them out on a tray and place them in the oven for an hour or two.
Prepare pinecones for crafting
How you prepare your pinecones for crafting depends on where and how you are going to use them. Like, snip them in half to make a pinecone wreath, paint or glitter them for a pinecone garland, or give them a wire stem to use in an arrangement.
Step 3 Gather Craft Supplies For Making a Pinecone Centerpiece
Gather up some basic craft supplies that you will need for creating your fall centerpiece.
- A tray to hold your centerpiece
- A bit of floral oasis (doesn’t matter what kind)
- Some metal wire and clippers
- A whole load of pinecones in various sizes and shapes, with and without branches attached
- Optional: some leftover decorations from the Dollar store or saved from previous centerpieces.
Step 4 Assemble your Pinecone Centerpiece DIY
If you have done your basic preparations it is easy to put the pinecone centerpiece together. Start by creating an outline with the taller pieces, fill out the centerpiece with different-sized pinecones and add additional decorations last. I’ll show you the steps I took in the video and written instructions below.
Place your oasis in the center of your tray (optional use a dab of hot glue to hold the oasis in place).
Start adding your pinecones.
Work in circles from bottom to top.
Add items in odd numbers.
Start with the bigger pieces first, use small pinecones and decorations to fill the gaps.
Go round and round until there is no oasis visible anymore.
Additional Tips for creating your pinecone table centerpiece
I started with some small cedar pinecones that were still attached to branches. I created the basic shape of my centerpiece that way. I emphasized that shape with some wood-like seed pods (like the ones from the Honey Locust tree).
In the next round, I started adding larger pinecones. To attach the pinecones to the oasis I used a ‘stem’ created from the wire.
Next, I determined the height of my centerpiece. I used a dried head of hogweed to set the center.
Then it was a matter of going round and round adding more small pinecones and groupings of alder catkins.
For the final step, I added some extra decorations. I used feathers, some woodsy decorations, bundles of cinnamon sticks, and other accents, I had saved from previous arrangements. This step is optional, but adding some unexpected elements, loosens up the whole arrangement and makes it less serious.
More DIY Fall Crafts and Centerpieces
If you like my easy-going way of crafting and decorating then I’ve got some more home decor craft ideas for you that are perfect for your fall decorating.
Variations of this fall pinecone centerpiece
- Christmas / Winter
This fall centerpiece can easily be transitioned into a Christmas centerpiece that will last the whole winter season. Simply replace some brown pinecones with painted pinecones or ornaments. Sprinkle your homemade centerpiece with faux snow, and use white feathers instead of brown. Voila! Instant winter holiday centerpiece.
Instead of a solid block of floral foam, you can use oasis in a wreath form. That way you can set a candle holder in the middle and build your homemade centerpiece around that. Place your candle in a vase or mason jar so the candle flames stay well away from your fall arrangement because all this dried material is flammable.
- Tray variations
I like round centerpieces for a dining table or coffee table. But if you want to make a centerpiece for your side table, mantel or buffet you can also use a rectangular tray and make a long arrangement.
More Pine cone crafts and decor inspiration
<<<< How to make an extra-large pine cone wreath >>>>
<<< Christmas front door decor with a DIY pinecone swag >>>>
<<<< Fall mantle with twig and pinecone wreath >>>>
I sincerely hope you liked my cheap and easy fall centerpiece. I know I had fun making it and I love how it looks on my dining table.
If you want to make a pinecone centerpiece like this one day then don’t forget to save this project to your inspiration file.
More natural DIY Decorations
My pinecone centerpiece is my contribution to this month’s Sustainable Pinterest Challenge. Be sure to check out all the other projects my talented fellow bloggers made. Nature was our challenge of the month and it resulted in lots of beautiful projects perfect for fall.
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Pinecone Picture Frame
Pinecone Fall Swag
Fall Leaves Masks
Easy Pinecone Centerpiece
Autumn Leaf Candle Jar
Danmalas Flower Circles
Pinecone Mum Arrangement
Primitive Sunflowers from Fabric Scraps
DIY Pumpkin Vase
DIY Pinecones for Fall
As one Collector to another, your centerpiece is gorgeous! I am inspired to go on a walk for treasures now!
Gail @Purple Hues and Me says
Omg! You certainly have some unusual makings for a beautifully created pinecone centerpiece, Marianne! I had to look up a couple – like hogweed and alder catkins! Not sure we have these in the states, especially hogweed, but it’s certainly amazing what you can collect naturally on everyday walks! Your pinecone centerpiece is quite stunning!
Allyson @ Southern Sunflowers says
Wow, your centerpiece looks amazing! I love all the interesting looking nature items you included in your arrangement.
T'onna | Sew Crafty Crochet says
Wow! Your centerpiece is absolutely beautiful! I love the color and all the different natural pieces you added.
Donna @ Modern on Monticello says
I have a pine cone “collection” as well and can’t resist picking up more when I see them. This is a great idea to use them up. Thanks so much for sharing the idea. Pinned!
Niki | Life as a LEO Wife says
Looks great! Glad to have you on the Sustainable Pinterest Challenge this month!
Terri Steffes says
I adore the rustic vibes it is giving off. It is a wonderful idea, one that I am going to try to replicate.
This is beautiful Marianne, I love the mix of different pine cones you found. All the various the textures through this are so lovely, it’s a mini work of art!