Gather pine cones in the fall to make this natural wreath for fall, winter or Christmas decorating.
Even if you haven’t been able to collect the pine cones beforehand, you may still be lucky enough to gather them if you have access to a stand of evergreen trees.
The spruce and white pine trees in my backyard yield pine cones of all sizes, all through the year. There are always more to pick from the trees – even in the middle of winter! Of course, you can always buy a bag of pine cones from the craft store … but a walk in your local park or walking trail may be a great hunting ground – and much more fun.
- Styrofoam Wreath Circle Form
- Brown Spray Paint – make sure this is safe for styrofoam
- Pine cones
- Hot glue gun and sticks
- Decorative Bow of Choice
Spray the styrofoam wreath base with brown paint and allow to dry.
Use the hot glue gun to glue pine cones to the entire wreath, at the front and sides only, keeping the pines as close together as possible.
The number of pine cones required will depend on the size of your wreath and the size of the pine cones that you have selected. Use smaller pine cones to fill in spaces between larger pine cones.
Glue a decorative bow to the center bottom, at the front of the wreath, as shown in the photo.
Although pine cones offer lots of natural texture and color, you can add other embellishments for contrast or seasonal decorating. Tuck in a few small clusters of dried cranberries or holly berries (real or artificial) to add a little Christmas cheer, or swap the bow for an arrangement of fall leaves, acorns and nuts for fall.
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