How To: Make a pine cone wreath for free

Hi! Thanks for stopping by to see my tutorial! If you’re looking for something else to do, DIY or craft – I regularly make Lists of things to do. Enjoy!

Square wreaths are popping up all over and after checking things out at the Farmers Market as well as some craft stores – I wasn’t willing to lay down up to $50 for one. So I got to thinking … we sure don’t have the big pretty pine cones but we have the little ones and I bet I could make one with some glue and sticks.

It was worth a try any way.

Jessica and I collected a basket full of pine cones from our yard, brought them inside and laid them out on a pan to dry out.

Some of them we’re pretty damp so I decided to stick them in the oven at 220 for about 10 minutes to dry them out as much as I could without burning my house down. I’m smart like that.

While the cones were in the oven drying out we went to find a large stick to use for the form of our wreath and played with the size we thought we could make.

We settled on the smaller form – hoping we could make a hearty little wreath for the door.

From there we spent about 20 minutes gluing the pine cones to the form we made:

Trim off the extra length of stick, if there is any and reinforce the form with some more glue from the backside.

Find some ribbon or string, we had this laying around:

Viola!!!

You’ll need:

#Pine cones, how ever many you can find or have on hand. If you don’t have enough – fill in the spaces with sticks or other roughage from your yard.
#Stick or bendy vines for the form of the wreath
#Hot glue gun, to be operated by an adult or under an adult’s supervision
#Ribbon

Have Fun!

Total cost: FREE

Also? I made something lovely. Which is affectionately Number 36 on my Life List. You should write one. They are life changing.

4 thoughts on “How To: Make a pine cone wreath for free

  1. So random about your post today! I almost did an entire post dedicated to square wreaths this morning because, you are right, they are popping up everywhere! Two of my favorites are at the bottom of this post: http://www.elementsofstyleblog.com/2009/11/a-holiday-table.html

    Your wreath rocks a little harder since it was free. Ok, maybe a lot harder.

    Also, I have failed to mention how unbelievably jealous I am of your new front door. I know it’s a sin to covet, but I’m going to do it anyways. Ok. Enough of my household jealousy for the day…

  2. Thanks for checking it out Sherry! Love the blog πŸ™‚

    Christa – weird! We think alike, I’m ok with that on so many levels.

    the front door – is wonderful, thank you for coveting … it’s worth it πŸ™‚ And it didn’t break the bank at all. Menards all the way.

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