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.
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 today’s big and beautiful DIY 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.
I love crafting with pinecones any day. They are nature’s free jewels that we get to collect and use for our crafting and decorating. If you are into pinecone crafts as well, you might like my pinecone centerpiece fall table decor project too. With so many natural decorations in abundance, it really is not that hard to come up with the best inexpensive fall decorating ideas.
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DIY Pinecone Wreath Tutorial: The Steps
Step 1 Collect Plenty of Pinecones.
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.
Step 2 Gather your Materials.
Step 3. Glue the Pinecones to the Wreath Form.
Start gluing the bottom of each pinecone to the wreath base. 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. The biggest cones were used center stage, the medium pinecones were glued to the edges and I used really small pinecones to fill in the gaps.
Step 4. Fill up the Wreath Form with Pine Cones.
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 gluing 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.
Step 5. Continue to Fill Gaps.
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 openings. I loved the added color and texture that this gave my wreath. When necessary I used strong pruning shears to snip the tips of the pinecones. This way they would lay flat among the pinecones. As I said the snipped tips can also be used to fill some more gaps.
To hang the wreath it is best to leave the back of the straw wreath form empty. That way the wreath will hang or lay down flat.
Step 6. Hang your DIY Pinecone Wreath.
If you are going to hang your wreath with a ribbon you should leave a gap in between the pine cones so your ribbon can lay flat. But this is an optional step. For my fall pinecone wreath, I used a wide dark brown burlap ribbon. I loved how the textures worked together.
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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 on your door, you are good to go. I would advise using a strong fishing wire to make an 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 then I had this:
The white pines look all wintery and christmassy, don’t they?
To paint pinecones you can use several methods. The easiest method to paint pinecones is to dip them in some acrylic paint. For the look of a whitewashed pinecone, 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.
You could try white spray paint too. That might work well and is fast. Just remember to keep moving the spray paint can all the time so you don’t oversaturate parts of the wreath with paint.
It’s a lovely wreath for christmas this way, isn’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.
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
Related Reading: 50+ Fall Table Setting Ideas
For a winter table centerpiece, I used my painted pinecone wreath and nested a smaller wreath inside. I added some faux poinsettias for a festive touch 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