If you have access to pine cones and you own a hot glue gun, you can make this beautiful pine cone wreath for next to nothing.
Our DSC Facebook community moderator, Terrie, has been busy busy busy making her holiday decorations, and sharing her how-tos with us along the way! Today she shares the instructions for this fabulous pine cone wreath. This was a huge hit with the community, so we are really excited that she provided the instructions!
- Pine cones, on hand
- Jute twine, on hand or $1
- Hot glue, on hand
- Spray lacquer (optional), on hand or about $3
Total: Free and up!
Gather an assortment of pine, spruce, and fir tree cones – bake them in the oven at 170 degrees F for about 2 hours to make them open all the way up and kill any critters that may be hiding inside.
Learn how to make a square knot. Start with a piece of jute that is two yards long. Place your first cone in the center of the jute, near the top of the cone, and tie three square knots. I used cones from a Spruce tree because they are so long.
Tie all three square knots tight!
Add your next cone, tie three more square knots, repeat until your have enough cones tied together to form your wreath. (I would recommend starting with with a smaller wreath) When you run out of jute, tie one square knot around the last cone, cut more jute, and tie it around that cone like your first cone.
When you get good size, tie the last cone to the first one and tie a little knot for hanging.
Take a few pine cones and cut them near the base. This gives you a pretty “rosette” and a smaller pine cone. I also did this with the smaller Spruce cones.
Place your cones on the wreath BEFORE gluing them down. This will assure that you have enough cones and don’t need to go pick up more of them.
Now you’re ready to glue the rosettes to the wreath. Use plenty of glue! Glue is what keeps this wreath together, literally! Glue all of the cones and rosettes symmetrically onto the wreath.
When you’re finished, wait about 20 minutes then turn over your wreath, face down. Put extra glue in between the cones to make the wreath stronger. You’re finished unless you want to touch it up with a little spray lacquer.