I just said this in my last post, but can you believe it’s November already?! That means we are officially into the holiday season. Woo! Are you the type that turns on the Christmas tunes the day after Halloween and drags the tree out to decorate?
Then why, you ask, am I already posting a winter holiday craft?
I’m so glad you asked! I am thrilled to be teaming up with 25 other bloggers for the next 5 weeks in the Deck the Home Blog Hop!
Every Monday, from now through the first week of December, all 26 bloggers will be sharing holiday themed DIY decor and home decor projects. How fun is that?! We’re starting early in order to give you plenty of time to peruse all the projects and make some for yourself. 🙂
Each week, we will have a different theme. This weeks theme is door decor. So, everyone will be posting about something you could potentially hang on your door for decoration. Below my own post, there will be a link to all of the other bloggers projects. So, be sure and take some time to check those out, as well.
Now, on to my own personal project and tutorial for this week.
I chose to create a wreath to go with the “door decor” theme. The thing that I love about wreaths is that they are so versatile. You can hang them on a door, on a wall, or even on a window. I also decided to make something that would work for the whole winter season – not just Christmas.
Without further ado, here is my holiday pinecone wreath.
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- Grapevine wreath
- ~10 pinecones
- Glitter Blast Spray paint
- 20 gauge galvanized wire
- Poinsettia stem
- Hot glue gun, hot glue
Step 1 – Paint your pinecones
My next door neighbor has two large pine trees in his backyard right at the fence, which drop a lot of pinecones in our yard. So, I love scooping them up and finding ways to use them. 🙂
I wanted my pinecones to remain mostly natural, with just a hint of frosting on them. So, I used Krylon Glitter Blast in Diamond Dust to achieve the look.
I simply laid my pinecones out on a paint tarp. Then, holding the spray can just a couple of inches from the pinecones, I sprayed very quick, short blasts down the length of the pinecone. Don’t be afraid to lay it on pretty thick – this is how you will achieve the slightly frosted look. Once the pinecones had dried, I rotated them on the tarp and repeated the process on the other side.
Step 2 – Wire the pinecones to the wreath
Now, I absolutely love a nice, simple, easy project, and unfortunately, this step of the process was not nearly as easy as I had hoped it would be.
It was a bit
exasperating tedious trying to thread the wire through the wreath, and get the pinecones to lay the way I wanted.
I used 20 gauge galvanized wire for this step. It may have been a tad easier if I had had slightly thinner wire, but oh well, I made it work.
I cut a fair length of wire off (probably about 1 foot) and wrapped it around the body of the pinecone. I made sure to pull the wire tight, so that it wasn’t too visible within the pinecone.
Then, I stuck the wires through the wreath, adjusted the pinecone on the front end, and pulled the wire tight on the back. Twist the wires around each other a few times to secure the pinecone, then you can cut the excess length off. (Make sure you are happy with the position of the pinecone before you cut the excess length off!)
I suggest laying each pinecone out on the wreath, prior to wiring it, to get a general idea of how you want it positioned.
Once I had all the pinecones wired, and the excess wire snipped, I folded the wrapped ends of the wire down into the wreath using pliers, so that they wouldn’t stick out and jab anyone (or scratch the door).
This step was definitely a bit tricky, but truly, it didn’t take me all that long. I actually snuck it in during my 1-year olds nap time. And the rest of the wreath is a breeze to put together.
Step 3 – Attach the flower
I chose this white poinsettia because I knew white would work well beyond Christmas, it had some glitter and sparkle to it, and the petals were all wired and malleable, which was great.
I bought two for the project, but only ended up using one. (Floral stems go on sale at Hobby Lobby every other week. So, be sure to wait for a sale week before purchasing. 😉 )
I used wire cutters to clip most of the stem off of the flower head, leaving enough to go through the depth of the wreath.
Then, after deciding where I wanted the flower to go, I stuck the stem down through the pinecones and the wreath. I secured the end of the stem with a bit of hot glue. Then, I clipped the leaves off of the stem and attached them with a dot of hot glue as well.
And voila! Done.
One last tip –
This wreath will be very heavy on one side, which will make it prone to hanging lopsided. My solution for this was to put a nail at both the top and bottom of the wreath. The grapevine will grab onto the lower nail and help keep the wreath from leaning.
What do you think about my pinecone wreath? Don’t be afraid to make something for yourself or your home this coming holiday season. We have lots of inspiration coming at you! So, be sure to look through all of the other door decor ideas that were posted this week.