By now, I bet you’ve learned two things about me. Number 1: I like to make a lot of things myself. Number 2: I’m cheap. I like to make things because I’m cheap. One item I’ve been working on is a pine cone wreath.
What I love about this wreath is that it can easily transition from autumn, to Thanksgiving, to Christmas, to winter, just by adding a few accessories. That means, one wreath to store, but two seasons and two holidays of decoration. Sweet, huh? Yeah, I think so. What’s even better? It’s practically free!
To make a pine cone wreath, start with a wire wreath form, available at craft stores, pinecones, wire, and wire cutters or scissors if your wire is thin enough.
Cut a length of wire between 9 and 12 inches long. Wrap the wire around the base of the pine cone, tucking under the petals.
After wiring a few to the form, I learned that the cones flop around less if you keep part of the wire on each side, rather than twisting like the picture above.
Once your cone is wired, wrap around the wreath form, pulling tightly to keep it firmly in place. Wrap the wires of the next cone to the previous wiring. Again, this will keep the pinecones in a tight formation and prevent flopping.
Group the pinecones as closely together as possible. The back will look something like this.
Twist the wires together and cut the ends off. Continue this process until you re covered the entire wreath form.
If you used large pinecones like I did, you’ll have to find smaller ones to fill in the gaps where the wreath form is visible.
I bought some golden pine cone picks from Hobby Lobby for $.50 each, after a 50% discount.
I cut the pinecones off the pick and followed the same wiring process to fill in the gaps. Add the small filler pinecones and the wreath is finished.
The way you choose to hang the wreath will depend on your situation. You can add a few lengths of fishing line or hang from a hook. You might be wondering why my wreath is on m dining room window. Well, friends, that’s because it’s friggin’ freezing in Montana. I literally have not left our house in days due to the cold. Cold like a high of 5°. Which means, the suction cup hook I bought won’t work on the outside of our front door. It requires a minimum of 40° to stick. So, it’s hanging in our dining room.
I will share details on how to add decorative items to add some seasonal pizzaz. What are you doing to spruce up your home for Thanksgiving?