DIY Pine Cone Wreath From Pine Cones Found in Nature

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Introduction: DIY Pine Cone Wreath From Pine Cones Found in Nature

About: Hi! I'm Natasha. I'm a Tech-Crafter, Maker, and the Designer of TechnoChic DIY Tech-Craft Kits. Technology should be chic!

As city dwellers, this project was SO MUCH FUN. We rented an Air BNB in the Poconos, PA, and picked our own pinecones to make wreaths for our family as a Christmas present. We collected, baked, spray painted, glittered, and glued the wreaths together. Read the full process below!

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Supplies

Step 1: Gather & Bake Pine Cones

Go outside!

  • Hike around and find some pine cones. We found tons on our hike in Pennsylvania. We brought a reusable shopping bag to carry them back and we filled it up!
  • To prepare the natural pine cones for our craft, we lined the oven rack with tin foil and baked them in the oven at 200 degrees for about 4 hours (we kept an eye on them to be sure they didn't catch fire!). It took a long time because we had so many - but we knew they were ready once they spread their petals out and the insides were dry.
    • Side note: some people recommend soaking pinecones in vinegar before baking to kill more bugs/mold. We skipped this step and they turned out fine, but I thought I'd mention it in case you'd like to try that too!

Step 2: Prepare for Spray Painting

  • We added wooden skewers to the bottoms of each pine cone with hot glue and stuck them into a foam cone leftover from another project.
  • We placed it on top of a plastic turntable (typically sold for cake making) with a piece of protective craft paper on top to make it easy to rotate the pinecones around and spray all the angles.
  • We placed it in a spray shelter to spray (because we live in a city and don't have access to outdoor space) but if you do, go outside! It will be way easier!

Step 3: Spray It, Spray It Everywhere!

  • We sprayed the cones all over with red spray paint, rotating the turntable to make sure we were covering all over.
  • We repeated this process with green and silver spray paint as well.
  • We left about half of the pine cones natural colored to add to the rustic look of the wreath.

Step 4: Glue & Glitter

  • We added white glue to the tips of the pine cone petals and sprinkled glitter over them, catching the excess glitter in a bowl below.
    • Alternate method: You can also 'dip' the pine cone in a tub of glitter - but beware! this may result in globs of glue falling into the glitter, and you will end up with globby glitter that is annoying to re-use. I do not enjoy globby glitter, so I don't do it that way. :-p

Step 5: Repeat

  • We repeated the glittering on all three colors of pine cones using glitter that matched the paint color.

Step 6: Glue the Pine Cones to the Wreath

  • Using hot glue, attach the pine cones to the wreath. We trimmed the skewers when needed, and used some of them to stick into the wreath.
  • We created a balance of each color throughout the design.

Step 7: Finish It Up

  • We kept going until the wreath was covered, but this design would also look nice with some of the grape vine wreath left uncovered.

Step 8: Decorate!

  • All done! Time to give the wreath as a gift or hang it somewhere special.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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    12 Comments

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    AMDHamm
    AMDHamm

    Question 1 year ago on Step 8

    A terrific idea for a natural (green) DiY wreath. I've been collecting pinecones for years and now I can put them to better use. Question: Have you thought about putting lights on the wreath? If so, do you have suggestions? Thanks!

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    TechnoChic
    TechnoChic

    Answer 1 year ago

    Thanks! Yeah, I actually bought some fairly light LEDs to go on this but then used them for another project. Because the pine cones that I found were so small, I thought "fairy light" sized LEDs will look best. Larger wreaths may look good with larger - and you can't go wrong with a large amount of glitter!

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    rozzieozzie
    rozzieozzie

    1 year ago

    I love this idea! I knew I was collecting pine cones while walking my dog for some reason. Thank you for your inspiration and instructions!

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    TechnoChic
    TechnoChic

    Reply 1 year ago

    That's perfect - Our dog Wozzy was our helper too! Thanks for the kind words - I'm glad my work is helpful! :)

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    TechnoChic
    TechnoChic

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks!

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    jeanneambro
    jeanneambro

    1 year ago

    I have made things form pine cones for years but never thought of spray painting them, thanx for the fabulous ideas!

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    TechnoChic
    TechnoChic

    Reply 1 year ago

    Yes! Spray painting them was so much fun- especially the silver. I’d love to see how more metallics and textures look on line cones too!

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    andreawray2015
    andreawray2015

    1 year ago

    Crazy good idea and love the paint booth setup.

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    TechnoChic
    TechnoChic

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks so much! The spray booth was a good find- you put a 20 inch box fan behind it and it sucks the fumes away from you! Lifesaver.

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    Treasure Tabby
    Treasure Tabby

    1 year ago

    Got every thing like that over here. Bonus I got loads of lovely snail shells from my back yard too. Got to love a great and environmentally friendly project like this. :)

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    TechnoChic
    TechnoChic

    Reply 1 year ago

    Perfect! The snail shells will be Tiny little embellishments! Will you paint them or leave them natural?