Saturday, April 10, 2010

Crafts: How To Make a Pine Cone Wreath

I made this pinecone wreath years ago and it has held up well over the years. I found these directions online which pretty much describe the process of constructing a wreath. Since you can often find pinecones in your yard (my yard is strewn with them !) or by the side of the road, they are easy to come by and craft stores sell the wire frames as well as assortments of smaller decorative pine cones.
Use a wire frame and insert the pinecones around each section. First soak the cones outside in a large bucket overnight. This causes them to close up and any bugs will come out. After they are closed, they are easy to insert into the wire frame. After the frame is completed, hang it in a warm spot for a few days and as the cones open up, they are permanently secured in the frame. Then spray with acrylic sealer and decorate with ribbon etc. as you choose. (Be sure to wear gloves as the pine tar is very hard to get off your hands.)
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29 comments:

Mini Baker said...

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Elizabeth said...

I had no idea they closed up when you soaked them! Very cool!

Jerri said...

What a beautiful wreath this is! Very nice. I'm so happy I found you blog. You've got a lot of great stuff here! I'll definitely be back.

Hope you'll stop by my place. This week I'm having my very first Friday Favorites party!

Denise Marie said...

Girl, I almost became a follower yesterday but didn't see the area to do it and rushed off too quickly. I am a follower now! I found a pinecone wreath curbside 1 year in my neighborhood and loved using it. Lovely to meet you...see ya again soon.

becca said...

i've always wanted one of these because my mom had one when i was growing up. thanks so much for sharing. come visit and enter my very first giveaway for a pottery barn giftcard and some of my designs at www.barefeetonthedashboard.blogspot.com.

The Mommalogues said...

Years ago? Seriously? It truly looks like it is "freshly" made! That is gorgeous and right up my decor alley! Thanks for sharing!

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Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

Love your wreath. I made a pine cone 'tree' at Christmas this year. Posted a short tutorial on my blog when I did. It took a while and those pine cones are prickly!

Cheryl said...

What a great idea and the tip about soaking them would never have occurred to me. Thanks for linking up to my party!

Creations By Cindy said...

Sweet! Be blessed. Cindy

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Great looking wreath...with all our pinecones, I should make one of these! Thanks for coming to NTT:)

Blessings,
Linda

kirstin & jordan said...

I love this! Love wreaths in general, and especially love the 'natural' feeling the pinecones give it... It would go fabulously on my door... :)
We have a Friday Fun Finds party- if you're interested, we'd love it if you'd link to this!

AM from White House, Black Shutters said...

Love it and will be storing this in my file for winter! Great job!

-Ann Marie

Ginger said...

Awesome idea! I didn't know they close like that...neat! Thanks for linking to Mad Skills Monday at SSB. Feel free to link up as many projects as you want and see you nest week!

Blessings,
Ginger

skoots1mom said...

such fun..thanks for sharing :)

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

That wreath is awesome!!!

Kaysi said...

That is a great wreath!

Beckie said...

This wreath is great! I love all the different things people are doing with them...I had no idea about soaking the pine cones! Thanks for linking up to Ta-Dah Tuesday!

The Persimmon Perch said...

I love the way you arranged them! Great tip for the bugs too. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

The Redhead Riter said...

Beautiful wreath! I can almost smell it.

Queen of Dreamsz said...

This is so pretty..

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One Cheap B*tch said...

Whoever thought pine cones were just for the holidays was dead wrong! This is fabulous!

Jeanine

Ms Bibi said...

I found your from from Life with Lori...love the wreath....it's so full and pretty.

Lori said...

I've been wanting to make a pinecone wreath... Thanks for the directions. This looks great.

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Bobbie said...

That is adorable! I would love for you to come over and link up to check me out saturday www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

I really like all the texture and the variety of pine cones you used.

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I never knew about soaking pine cones in water. Thanks for the tip. I am glad to know it gets rid of the bugs. Your wreah looks great. We don't have many pine trees around here. In fact, we hardly have any trees. I wish we did so I could make one of these.

LuckyStarHeather said...

Cute! I love that you could make this work for different seasons!

Thanks for linking at Lucky Star Lane!

The DIY Show Off said...

It's so pretty! Thanks for the great tips! :0

Roeshel

Anonymous said...

Do you need glue at all to keep the pinecones in place? Thanks!

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