Black Pine Cone Wreath

I wasn’t sure if the proper spelling was pine cone or pinecone, so I consulted the dictionary. Pine cone it is. At any rate, I’ve been meaning to make a pine cone wreath for quite a while. In fact I started on it a couple of weeks ago and was finally able to finish it yesterday. This pine cone wreath is actually part of a wall collage I’m doing in my dining room. I have a great big wonderful wall just begging for something to fill it. The wall collage includes my mirror redo¬†and a wall hanging I made from my denim fabric flowers as well. I hope to reveal the whole thing soon, but I have a few more projects to complete first.

Meanwhile, here’s my black pine cone wreath. I bought this wonderful burlap banner roll a couple of months ago, and I think it worked perfectly with the wreath. Hope you like it!

NOTE: I used several different sized pine cones. I had some that were long and slender, and some that were short and fat. When I didn’t have enough, I went outside and gathered some smaller ones from a pine tree to use as filler. I read that if you soaked the pine cones in water over night they would close up (which is true), so that you could insert them into the frame, eliminating the use of floral wire. While this did work, it was not a solution for filling the entire frame as the fatter pine cones wouldn’t fit into the frame using this method. After the wet pine cones are inserted into the frame, you allow them to dry for several days and they will open back up again, permanently holding them in the wreath frame.

Black Pine Cone Wreath
printable version

You will need
wire wreath
pine cones, assorted sizes
floral wire
hot glue gun
black satin spray paint
clear glaze spray
wide burlap

What you do

There are a couple of ways to attach the pine cones to the wreath frame. You can soak them so that they close up, then insert them in the frame, allow them to dry and they will open up again. This is time consuming, it took mine over a week to dry completely and open back up. You can also attach them with floral wire, which takes a lot less time.

The photo below (sorry, from my cell phone) shows the pine cones closed up after a good soaking in a bucket of water. I inserted them, butt end first, into the frame and left them to dry.

Well over a week later, they were finally dry and had opened back up, see picture below.

I cut lengths of floral wire, about 6-8″ long, depending on the size of the pine cone, and inserted the wire into the pine cone’s scales. I then gave the wire a twist or two to hold it in place on the pine cone. Then simply start adding pine cones to the frame, twisting the floral wire at the back of the frame to hold the pine cones in place.

I still had quite a few gaps by the time I ran out of pine cones, so I went outside and gathered some small ones to use as filler. You just keep adding pine cones until you are happy with the look.

use your hot glue gun to secure the pine cones to each other. Once it feels sturdy, take it outside and lay it on some newspaper, then spray paint it. I gave it about 2-3 coats of black and 2 coats of clear glaze.

To add the burlap hanger, lay the wreath on the ground and run the burlap banner through the opening in the wreath. You will need a considerable length in order to tie the large bow. I didn’t measure, but I would guess that length was a good 4-5 feet. Then just tie a large bow and trim the hanging ends as desired. Hang on the wall!

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Comments

  1. Melissa says

    That turned out really cool – and I find the little tidbit about soaking them in water that you shared absolutely fascinating. I had no idea!!

  2. Ann @ makethebestofthings says

    This is cool! I wonder how it would look painted white for the holidays? Love the tip about soaking the cones, that is clever. So what else are you putting on your wall, you smart woman?

    • Heather says

      Ive seen very similar project done in white and silver and it was absolutely beautiful!! Cut floral wire and add cones then fill in gaps with colored ball ornaments, light shimmery blue went perfectly with white and silver or pick just one. after content with wreath secure with hot glue gun then let dry and start spray painting then let dry and add ribbons and hang.

  3. Melony Bradley says

    Neat project. I am really looking forward to seeing the collage wall. The denim flower hanging looke very intriguing

  4. [email protected] says

    This is a really cute idea! The burlap goes great with the black pine cones. Stopping by from Sunday Showcase.

    ~Ela
    http://www.lifeinmypjs.com

  5. Stephanie Lynn says

    Love the black and the burlap. Very cute! Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase Party. I greatly appreciate it! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  6. Amy @ Positively Splendid says

    Gorgeous! I have one of those wreaths and tons of pinecones just outside my door. I see one of these in my future. :)

  7. Sandy@Life Began In A Garden says

    I like it!The black looks so good with the burlap. And that was an interesting tidbit of information about soaking pine cones to close them, who knew?!

  8. Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! says

    Doesn't Mother Nature supply us with the best craft supplies! Thanks for sharing and see you next week! Rory

  9. Judy says

    I love it! My son has been collecting pine cones and I've been trying to figure out a fun way to use them.

    Stopping in from Fireflies and Jelly Beans.

  10. creativejewishmom.com says

    Thanks amanda, great step by step photos! I just love that bow!Can't wait to see what else you've been up to!

  11. Lori says

    Go job on your wreath..

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday at Life As Lori. Please join me next week for another great party.

  12. Room to Inspire says

    What a great wreath! I really love the color and the combo of the pine cones and the burlap. Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired last week.

    Chelsea

  13. Kristi Flanagan says

    Super cute! Thanks for planting your creative seeds at Plant a Punkin Seed Party!

    Kristi
    Punkin Seed Productions

  14. JILL S. says

    This is so pretty! I love wreaths of all kinds and the burlap bow…a stroke of genius! You have wonderful ideas!

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