Fall and winter are the perfect time to decorate your home for the seasons. Whether that means adorning the walls with fall-themed art or decorating your front porch with colorful potted mums, it’s a fun way to get into the spirit of this time of year! Another exciting way to accentuate the season is to complete a DIY project. This DIY pinecone wreath is inexpensive, easy to make, and stylish in any home! Check out the full tutorial below.
Preparing Pine Cones for Crafting
One of the great things about this craft is that you don’t necessarily have to purchase your pine cones. If the area you lives in allows for it, you can find them outside in your yard or at the park! But before you use them on your wreath, prepare them for it by ensuring that they’re de-sapped and de-bugged.
Start by preheating your oven to 200 degrees and lining a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Spread the pine cones across the cookie sheet and place them in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. This will prompt the cones to fully open and will also ensure that the sap inside of them has melted.
As a word of caution, don’t leave your kitchen while the pine cones are “baking,” and watch for smoke coming from your oven. Once you remove the cookie sheet from the oven, let the pine cones rest for a few days before cutting them and using them in crafts as the drying process acts to kill any bugs that may be living in these items.
Gather Your Materials
For this craft, you’ll want to ensure you have the right materials. The essentials are a hot glue gun with extra glue sticks, a foam wreath form, pinecones in a variety of sizes, scissors, ribbon, and gold paint.
Since you can customize the wreath to fit your signature style and decor of your home, you may want a few extra items. For instance, colorful pom poms, acorns, glitter glue, faux flowers, greenery, or twinkle lights are all great additions. It’s also helpful to lay some newspaper down on your work area to ensure that there’s no big mess!
Paint Your Wreath
This is an optional step, as you may find it useful to paint your foam wreath form to ensure that it looks completely covered once you layer on the pine cones! If you want to take part in this step, use a bristle or foam brush to paint a light layer of gold onto the foam until it’s completely covered. Let it dry completely.
Apply Glue and Pine Cones
Generously apply adhesive with your hot glue gun to pine cones and affix them to the foam wreath form. You may use either a variety of sizes of pine cones or a large amount of small ones, which sometimes makes it easier to fit all the pieces together.
Completely Cover Your Wreath
Continue gluing the pine cones onto the wreath until it's completely covered. You may decide that you want to place full pine cones on the front and back of the wreath, or you could instead use an alternate method to cover the form. Rather than covering every open area with a full pine cone, another great option is to break off pieces of the cones and glue them onto the open spots in layers. This makes it easier to cover small openings and can create a more textured and rustic look. This centers around your personal preference, so do whatever you think looks better!
Adorn Your Wreath
You may decide at this point that you want to adorn your wreath with additional decorative items to give it a sense of flair. This could include sporadically gluing colorful pom poms onto the pine cones, adding in faux florals or greenery, or even braiding in twinkle lights to give your project a glow. This is completely up to you, and it’s fun to put your own spin on it!
Hang Your Wreath
Once your wreath is completely covered and the glue has dried, take a long strand of sturdy and thick ribbon and use it to hang your work of art! This is a piece that's versatile enough to be relevant through the fall and winter seasons, so your hard work is sure to be enjoyed!