I love fall. I am always looking for easy, inexpensive fall crafts to make. A couple of weeks ago we went camping and I brought home a bunch of beautiful pine cones that I had picked up around our camp site.
I saw a neat pine cone wreath, and knew that I had to try to make one. You can pay $40 to $50 to a buy a pine cone wreath. Mine cost about $6 to make. You can complete one too in an hour or two.
To make this pine cone wreath, you will need:
- Approximately 50 pine cones in a variety of sizes
- Styrofoam wreath
- Brown craft paint
- Glue gun
- Fall foliage for accent
- Wide ribbon for hanging
Start by painting the styrofoam wreath brown. You don’t want any of the white styrofoam to show through the pine cones. I used a foam paint brush to sponge the paint onto the styrofoam.
After the paint is dry you can heat up your hot glue gun and start arranging the pine cones you want to put on the wreath.
You can rinse and dry the pine cones first if you like. If they are really dirty the glue will not stick very well. My husband said he liked them looking a little dusty, they are pine cones after all.
Sort the pine cones in piles of similar shapes. You do not have to glue them on the styrofoam in a certain order, however, if you want a uniform look you will want to sort them first.
I first glued approximately 16 medium sized pine cones around the outside of the wreath. I applied hot glue to the base of each pine cone and glued them to the edge of the wreath.
I then glued smaller pine cones around the inside of the wreath, to cover up the styrofoam.
You can fill in any gaps with the remaining pine cones. On the front of the wreath I alternated one pinecone with the tip facing outwards and one pine cone with the base facing outwards. Use smaller pine cones to fill in gaps.
It is necessary to have some patience while gluing the pine cones on the styrofoam. When the glue is dry, the pine cones will not fall off the wreath, however, it takes a few minutes for the glue to dry completely. You will have to hold each pine cone (or two at a time) on for a minute or two to make sure the glue takes hold.
After you have finished gluing on the pine cones, you can also fill in with fall colored foliage.
I finished off the wreath with some pretty fall colored ribbon I found at the Dollar Store. I just cut a yard or so of ribbon, wrapped it through the top of the wreath, and tied it in a bow. The wreath was then ready to hang.