With these easy to follow steps you can make a pinecone wreath in no time. It’s a fun, fast and easy craft and you only need free pinecones and a straw wreath. A pine cone wreath is perfect for fall but can easily be turned into a gorgeous Christmas wreath too.
I made a large and luscious pinecone wreath for fall and then turned it into the perfect Christmas wreath in an instant. I l still love this fast, easy and affordable project so much. I am sure you will love it too.
Hi you guys. Welcome to Songbird once more. The topic of today is about one of my hobbies and that is making wreaths. I love wreaths. Outdoor wreaths, indoor wreaths, wreaths as a focal point in a mantel decoration or a wreath turned centerpiece, I dig them all.
I especially dig todays big and beautiful pinecone wreath. Now that was a fun fall project to make. She is shining on my front door as we speak and doing wonders as my new homemade outdoor wreath.
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How to make a Pinecone wreath
- Straw wreath
- Lots of pinecones
- Glue gun
- Hot glue
- Optional: Ribbon or fishing wire
- Hot glue gun
- Optional garden shears
- Collect lots of pine cones.
- Buy a straw wreath
- Start glueing pinecones to the wreath
- Keep adding pine cones until your wreath is nice and full. Leave the back empty so it will hang flat
- Work in circles using the bigger pinecones on the outside and the smaller ones on the inside
- Fill gaps with upside down pinecones or loose petals
- Hang your wreath with a ribbon or strong wire
- First order of business for this fall project is to take a nice long walk in nature. Autumn is beautiful and nature is showing off. Take advantage of that. Gather and collect a whole lot of pinecones from your garden, local park, or somewhere in the woods. I got a bucket full of pinecones from the garden at work. They were scattered all over the ground, just waiting to be picked up and loved on.
- Gather your materials. You will need a straw wreath as a base (I used an oversized one because I had so many pinecones and I felt like it), and a hot glue gun with lots of glue sticks.
3. Start glueing your pinecones to the wreath. I started at the center and choose the prettiest ones for that. I then worked on the outer rim and then on the inner rim. I used the smaller ones for the inside circle.
4. Try to push the pinecones as close together as you can. Don’t worry too much about gaps showing through we will take care of that in the next step. Just keep glueing and adding pine cones. Adding the pine cones will take a bit of patience and a lot of hot glue. The pine cones can be quite heavy so use a generous amount of glue and press the pinecone into the wreath until the glue has cooled.
5. Fill small gaps with loose petals. Medium gaps can be filled with extra small pinecones or with the tops of the pinecones left over after filling bigger gaps. As you can see I turned some pinecones upside down to fill the bigger gaps . I loved the added color and texture that this gave my wreath. When necessary I used strong pruning shears to snip the top of the pinecones. This way they would lay flatter among the pinecones. As I said the snipped up tops can also be used to fill some gaps.
6. If you are going to hang your wreath with ribbon you may leave a gap in between the pine cones so your ribbon can lay flat. But this is an optional step. For my fall pine cone wreath I used a wide dark brown burlap ribbon. I loved how the textures worked together.
How to hang a pinecone wreath
Hanging a big luscious pinecone wreath can be a bit of a challenge. This wreath is quite a bit heavier than your average wreath. If you can hang the wreath on a large hook on the wall or in your door, you are good to go. I would advice using strong fishing wire to make a invisible loop and hang it on that.
If you can’t use a hook, an over the door wreath hanger could work too. Just make sure it is a heavy duty wreath hanger, because as I said, this baby weighs a ton.
I ended up using several layers of duct tape to tape my ribbon to the top and back of my door. (my door is plastic and glass so no hooks, and a door hanger wouldn’t work with our door). This wasn’t the prettiest of solutions (from the inside) but it held.
And of course now I have several ugly strips of duck tape on the inside of my door….
How to paint pine cones for a wreath
Come Christmas I really wanted to use my luscious and grand fall pinecone wreath in my decor. But it needed to look a bit more like Christmas. So I gave it an update with paint and than I had this:
To paint pinecones you can use several methods. The easiest method to paint pinecones is to dip them in some paint. For a white washed pinecones look I would water the paint down. For a stronger white look I would dip the pinecones in the paint as it is.
Of course dipping the pinecones in paint was no longer an option for me because they were all already stuck on the wreath. So instead I used a small craft brush and simply slapped on some white latex based paint. It turned out to be surprisingly fast and easy to take my brown fall pinecone wreath into the Christmas season with some white paint.
Looks good doesn’t it? Well the wreath in its wintery version was part of a whole spread of Christmas outdoor decor. I really love looking back at those garden Christmas decorations. I still love them.
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How to decorate with a pinecone wreath
Did you know that wreaths are the perfect starting point for a centerpiece too? Lay a wreath flat on a table or buffet and you have the start of an easy and pretty centerpiece. Nest a smaller wreath inside your wreath for a full look. Or use a big candle as the center point. I have used wreath centerpieces as a four candle Advent decoration, and I turned a fall walnut wreath into perfect Christmas centerpiece decor
For a winter garden centerpiece I used my painted pinecone wreath and nested a smaller wreath inside. I added some faux poinsettia’s for fun and used a hurricane candle holder as the center. See how quick and easy you can transform a wreath into a statement centerpiece! Nothing to it, anyone can do it with a little bit of imagination and some rummaging through your decor stock.
Want to see more of those outside Christmas decorations? Well just click the link: outdoor Christmas decorations.
F.A.Q. about homemade pinecone wreaths
Through the years I have had some questions about my pinecone wreaths so, in case you have the same questions too, I decided to answer them here.
” Did you prepare your pinecones at all, before you used them?”
I did do a little preparing before I started using my pinecones on my wreath. First I shook off any debris and dirt. Then I laid them out flat on my garden table to dry some more in the sun. This also allowed any critters that were living in the pinecones to take a leave. I didn’t do more than that and my wreath has held up beautifully for years. If you are worried about bugs and stuff and you plan to use the wreath indoors, you can get rid of any bugs by placing the pinecones in a hot oven for about 20 degrees. That will sanitize your pinecones thoroughly.
“How is the back of your wreath looking?”
As I said I left the back of the wreath empty to keep it flat. I worked on the wreath while it was laying on the table, that way I could make sure that my pine cone wreath would also lay flat against the wall.
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Loving this little pine cone wreath DIY in all seasons