I know it’s early November, but since my favourite season is Christmas and the holidays are right around the corner, I’m dreaming of all those memorable scents, tastes, and feelings. I’m excited to share my first Christmas DIY this season ~ Christmas Wreath with Pine Cones.
I like to think of pine cones as “Mother Nature’s Christmas Gifts”. In August I collected over 100 pine cones that dropped from tall Ponderosa Pine trees on our log cabin property in Seymour Arm, British Columbia.
Here is the easy tutorial for the Christmas Wreath with Pine Cones, as well as simple instructions for cleaning pine cones.
- 24″ Noble Fir Wreath
- Adjustable Light Ties
- Large Pine Cones
- White Chalk Paint
- Small Foam Paint Brush
- Clear Nylon Wire
- Berry and Pine Picks (2 or more)
- 3/8″ x 4-1/2″ Zinc Lag Screw Eyes
- Ribbon for a Bow (optional)
All of the supplies, except for the pine cones, were purchased from Michaels, Dollarama and Home Hardware.
Start by cleaning the pine cones. Before crafting with pine cones they must be cleaned to remove debris, bugs and sap. I used an easy oven drying method.
How To Clean Pine Cones
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
- Remove pine needles, clumps of dirt, leaves, twigs and other debris from pine cones.
- Line baking sheets with foil or parchment paper.
- Place pine cones in a single layer on lined baking sheets and put in the oven.
- Heat the pine cones for 30 minutes. Check frequently to prevent burning.
- Remove from oven and let them rest for a few days before using in crafts.
I love the Winter Wonderland theme for Christmas, so I lightly brushed white chalk paint on the tips of the pine cones to replicate snow. They turned out great!
Next, drill a small hole into the base of each pine cone and insert a zinc lag screw eye. My husband, Mike helped with this part of the project as I usually steer clear of power tools ~~~
Attach the pine cones to the wreath by threading a light tie through the zinc lag screw eye in the pine cone, and attached it to the wreath’s metal frame. Trim away the extra length of the light tie. The green adjustable light ties are very easily hidden in the wreath. To secure the tips of the pine cones to the wreath, wrap clear nylon wire around the tip of the pine cone and wreath, pull the wire tight and tie a knot.
Next, attach the berry and pine picks to the wreath by wrapping a light tie around the pick and metal wreath frame and pull tight. Trim away the extra length of the light tie. The berry pine picks tied into the Winter Wonderland theme perfectly, and the red berries pop, adding just the right amount of colour.
The next step is to add a bow. I purchased some ribbon, made a bow, and attached it to the bottom of the wreath. After hanging the wreath on the front door, I decided I liked the look of the wreath without the bow. Sometimes simple is better.
The finished product is a beautiful Christmas Wreath with Pine Cones. The pine cones are a great natural element, and the pine scent smells just like real Christmas trees!
Hanging a wreath on your front door is a wonderful way to add charm to your holiday decor.
Are you going to hang a wreath on your front door this holiday season? I hope you love this Christmas Wreath with Pine Cones and don’t forget to give this post a Pin!