Earth tones and rustic decor are making their way into my home while the Halloween decor gets ushered out. I’m not quite ready to put up the Christmas sparkle as I try to really embrace this season of Thanksgiving. Gathering natural objects from the outdoors and bringing them together in a creative manner keeps me energized and connected to my home and surroundings. This rustic DIY Pinecone Wreath is an easy craft that can be done with any variety of materials. It looks great inside or outside your home! Let’s make one!
Pine Cones – two sizes, about 20 of each size (I used three bags of scented pinecones from Jo-Ann and the size variety worked out perfectly)
Wire Wreath Frame
Nuts, Acorns, Berries, etc. (Optional)
Hot Glue Gun and Gluesticks
Step 1: Begin by gathering your supplies. Sort pine cones by size and lay the larger size onto the wreath frame in a circle. Be sure the color variation and sizes are visually pleasing.
Step 2: For each pine cone, cut about a 12″ length of craft wire. Wrap it all the way around the base of the pine cone, wedging it into the scales so it becomes nearly invisible and wraps tightly around the center of the cone. Wrap the wire over itself to secure and bring each end back around the opposite side of the cone, stopping about mid-way back to start. Position wires on opposite sides from each other.
Step 3: Set pine cone onto the top of the wreath frame and wrap the wire around the base. Twist several times to secure tightly and trim the excess wires with wire cutters.
Step 4: Continue attaching pine cones to the wreath frame until you complete the circle. Wedge pine cones gently in toward each other to reduce extra space.
Step 5: Place a circle of smaller pine cones to the inside of the wreath as shown. Wedge them as tightly together as possible. Rather than securing these pine cones with wire, I simply flipped the entire wreath over and dabbed hot glue where each smaller pine cone touched the ones next to it.
Step 6: Gather other natural items such as acorns, nuts, seeds, differently shaped pine cones, and burlap ribbon. Use hot glue to secure acorns to their caps. Use hot glue to attach items to the wreath, filling in any gaps. If desired, wrap wide ribbon around the entire wreath and secure ends in the back with hot glue.
Use a small loop of craft wire around the top of the wire wreath frame to hang your wreath.
Enjoy your new wreath! I sure miss country living! Luckily, this is my parents’ barn so I can visit it anytime – doesn’t it make the perfect photo backdrop???