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I have a little bit of a wreath problem.
Living room? Wreath. Hallway? Wreath. Bedroom? Wreath. Entry way? Two wreaths. Study? A box of supplies…for making wreaths.
People are worried.
The wreaths will probably become sentient soon. I see my life ending in a pile of floral wire and wreath frames.
But until then, I’m really excited to share this DIY pinecone wreath project with you.
This project is:
- Simple: This project requires no complicated crafting skills. If you can tie a knot and cut wire, you can make this wreath.
- Affordable: The supplies for this project cost less than $7AUD (not including the cost of my dignity as I jumped up and down like a lunatic at the park trying to grab pinecones from a tree).
- Quick: I made my wreath in an afternoon – if you procrastinate less than me, you can probably get it done in less time.
- Super customisable: You can really change any detail you like about this pinecone wreath – add more pinecones, swap greenery for flowers, add fabric, etc etc.
So let’s get going!
Make your own DIY pinecone wreath
- An embroidery hoop in a size of your choosing (one ‘half’ of the hoop is sufficient)
- A hot glue gun
- Wire-cutting pliers (or scissors)
- Pliers. A simple pair like these will work well.
- Floral wire
- Artificial or real greenery (I hacked up an IKEA plant)
- Any other bits and bobs you may want to add to your wreath (e.g. fabric, artificial flowers, lace, etc).
Step 1: Prepare your pinecones
This involves baking your pinecones at a low heat for approximately an hour. It’s supposed to help open any closed up pinecones and remove any bugs/moisture/nasties. If I’m being honest, I’m not 100% convinced this step is necessary, especially when the pinecones are collected during a season without much rain. But the internet told me to do it and the internet never lies, right?
To prep your pinecones for your diy pinecone wreath, preheat your oven to approximately 120°C /250°F, pop your pinecones on a tray lined with baking paper, and bake for about an 1 hour.
Once your pinecones have been baked, use your pliers to remove any stems that may still be attached (I find bending the stem back and forth, with the occasional angry swearing, snaps it off fairly quickly).
Step 2: Add greenery to your embroidery hoop
Grab your cutting pliers (or sharp scissors) and snip off some floral wire.
Wrap the wire around the base of the greenery and tie a knot. Then use the rest of the wire to attach the greenery to the hoop – loop the wire around the hoop a few times, then tie a knot to secure. Repeat with a few pieces of greenery.
To hide the wire, use layers! For example, to hide the wire on the inside of the hoop, just add some greenery there.
Don’t worry if all of the excess wire is making your wreath look a little scraggly – we’ll chop all of that off at the end.
Step 3: Attach your pinecones
Once you have added a little greenery, begin adding the pinecones.
The trick here is to find the flattest part of the pinecone (usually the bottom) to glue to the hoop. A flat surface provides a wider area for the glue to stick to than a bumpy one. This helps the pinecones stay attached to the wreath.
Grab your hot glue gun and apply a decent amount of glue to the wooden frame. Working quickly, apply light but firm pressure and press your pinecone’s flattest spot into the glue. Hold for approximately 20 – 30 seconds to help the pinecone adhere properly.
If your pinecones don’t stick first go, don’t stress! Problems like these are a normal part of the DIY process. Just glare angrily at your pinecone, apply more glue, and try again (I don’t personally know if the angry glare is essential, but it sure helped me feel better).
Step 4: Filling out the wreath
The next step is simply to continue adding greenery/pinecones to you wreath until it looks the way you want it to. As I said previously, this project is super customisable – so if you want to add fabric, lace, flowers, or – I don’t know – bubble wrap, now’s the time to do it.
Side note: If you do make a wreath out of bubble wrap, send me pictures.
Step 5: Tidy it up
Once your wreath looks as spiffy as you want it to, it’s time to neaten up the excess floral wire. Grab your cutting pliers (or sharp scissors…or particularly strong jawbones, I guess) and snip away the excess wire.
Snip, snip, snip. It’s oddly satisfying, trust me.
Once you have tidied up the excess floral wire, your diy pinecone wreath is complete!
Do you have a favourite wreath project? If you know of any great wreath projects, please share them with me in the comments below – I’ll be so excited to try them!
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