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How to Make a Holiday Pinecone Wreath

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?  

No?  

Me neither.

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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Supplies Needed

  1. Grapevine wreath
  2. ~10 pinecones
  3. Glitter Blast Spray paint
  4. 20 gauge galvanized wire
  5. Scissors
  6. Poinsettia stem
  7. Hot glue gun, hot glue

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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!)

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You can see some of the wire that has already been clipped, as well as the one that is still long.

I suggest laying each pinecone out on the wreath, prior to wiring it, to get a general idea of how you want it positioned.

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Here it is, in process

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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.  

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And voila!  Done.

Are you looking for a lovely, neutral wreath that will last you through the winter season without breaking the bank? Check out this tutorial on how to make your own holiday pinecone wreath!

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.

Are you looking for a lovely, neutral wreath that will last you through the winter season without breaking the bank? Check out this tutorial on how to make your own holiday pinecone wreath!

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.

 

 

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40 Comments

  1. This turned out great! I love the idea to spray the pine cones- because, GLITTER! 🙂 Beautiful wreath. Love the understated color pallet here too. Happy holiday!

    1. Yep, love the sparkle! It’s just enough without going overboard. 😉 Happy holiday to you, too!

    1. Yay for sales! Now you’ll never have to buy another flower at full price. 😉 Thank you so much!

    1. Thank you! And yes, I wanted something fairly simple neutral that could be used over the whole season. Happy holiday!

  2. Your pine cone wreath turned out beautifully, I love the green and white with the natural wreath and pine cones. Smart tip about adding the extra nail for hanging. I have a fiberglass front door so I could instead use a small command strip hook.

    1. Oh yes, you certainly wouldn’t want to put a nail in that door! I’m glad you have an alternative, though. 🙂 Thanks so much for the compliment!

    1. Thank you! I do love the fact that I always have access to plenty of pinecones. The sweet gum balls in the backyard though…. Ha!

    1. Thanks so much! The glitter blast is great because it gives a little sparkle without being too much. 🙂

    1. I love using pinecones, as well, and I love that I can get my hands on them for free! Thank you so much!

  3. This is so pretty, Amy! I love how you wrapped the pinecones on and the frosted look you gave them – they look gorgeous! I also love how you collect the pinecones that fall from your neighbor’s yard 🙂 So fun!

    1. Thanks so much, Eileen! And I just can’t let all of those pinecones in the backyard go to waste. 😉 I’m always scouring pinterest for pinecone inspiration. Ha!

    1. Thank you! I love the natural element of the pinecones, but a girl also needs a little glitter. Right?! 😉

  4. I just bought some of that litter Blast last week and I’ve been so keen to use it some project. LOve the subtle effect it created on the pine cones Amy. I must remember to give it quite a few squirts though. Your finished wreath looks lovey. It something that would last through to Winter too

    1. Yes, I loved that it wasn’t over the top, but you do need a fair amount to get that shine. 😉 Thanks so much, and I’m anxious to see what you come up with for your Glitter Blast!

  5. This turned out awesome! I made a pinecone wreath last year and attached with hot glue, but the pinecones fell off in the attic over the summer, I’m guessing from the heat. Sad day. I love how you wired yours on, I’m going to have to try that!

    1. Thank you so much! I typically love hot glue, and I use it for a lot of crafts. I wasn’t sure how it would work with the pinecones, though. Since they were all going to be laying at odd angles, I thought it might work better to wire them. Plus, no worries about them coming off now!

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