A DIY pinecone wreath is a great decor project, and offers many creative variations. Like many pine cone crafts, this DIY pinecone wreath is really fun and easy to make! Full of natural charm, it compliments so many decor styles from farmhouse to modern, and looks beautiful as fall, winter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas decorations.
After our first easy DIY pinecone Christmas wreath tutorial, a few readers shared that sometimes the pine cones fell off their wreaths. This improved version only requires one simple extra step which will make your DIY pine cone wreath much more durable!
Since then, we have made more pine cone crafts, such as this farmhouse DIY pine cone topiary!
This DIY pinecone wreath will last for years as beautiful fall, winter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas decorations. I will also share ways to customize it with other elements such as string lights, evergreen foliage and berries, and how to use it creatively in different ways.
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Check out the DIY Pine cone wreath video tutorial below, or skip to step by step written tutorial.
Materials and tools to make an easy DIY pinecone wreath:
- a 14″ wire wreath form like this , and (optional) door wreath hanger
- natural jute twine
- hot glue and hot glue sticks
- to light them up at night, you can use battery powered LED fairy string lights
- pine cones : you will need about 60 to 75 pinecones. Sort them into 3 groups of large, medium and small like shown in photo below, 20 to 25 in each group
You might want to collect more than 70 pine cones so you can make some other beautiful pine cone crafts and decor, such as these 5 minute “bleached pine cones” without using bleach! Find out the secrets here!
Step 1: wrap wreath form with twine
In the previous tutorial, I glued the pine cones directly onto the wreath form. Mine was fine, but some readers said their pine cones fell off. I think it has to do with the slippery coating on wreath form and the hot glue temperature.
In this improved version, we are going to wrap some natural jute twine around the wire wreath form first. The twine provides better adhesive surfaces for the hot glue and the pine cones.
The wreath form has 7 sections. Take a piece of twine, Tie a knot where the wires are crossing and wrap the natural jute twine around tightly (does not have to be super dense) until you reach the end of a section where the wires are crossing again. Tie another knot to finish this section.
Repeat until the wreath form is covered with natural jute twine.
Step 2: glue pine cones to wreath form
Start with the big size group of pine cones. Glue them along the outside circle of the wreath form.
Tip: at the beginning, your glued pine cones will have more room to move around, it’s a good thing! As we add more pine cones the wreath will become tighter.
You can put the hot glue on the pine cones, or on the jute twine. Use a generous amount.
It is important that the glue joins the pine cone and the twine for stronger adhesion. The wire wreath form has a glossy coating that can cause some pine cones to fall off, especially when you use low temperature hot glue.
After the outer circle of pine cones are completed, we will use the medium size pinecones to complete the middle circle.
I find it helpful to have some variations in this mid-size group of pine cones. Try to fit each pine cone snugly and leave as little open space as possible. Don’t worry about some open spaces, we will fill those gaps with foliage or other elements later.
Now take some tiny little pine cones and complete the inside circle. Our lovely DIY pinecone wreath is ready for some creative final touches!
This basic pine cone wreath will last for years. You can use it in so many different ways and customize it with seasonal elements!
Step 3: creative variations
If you want to create an elegant wreath for everyday decor, add some evergreen cuttings to the wreath.
The pine cones and jute around the wreath form provides great places to tuck in some fresh green cuttings.
Cedar and cypress cuttings can stay green for weeks, and they last much longer than fir or pine cuttings.
To make a Christmas pine cone wreath, tuck in some sprigs of real or artificial red berries among the pine cones and evergreen foliage.
For a festive touch, wrap some LED string lights around the wreath for a beautiful Thanksgiving / Christmas pine cone wreath or table centerpiece.
These battery lit LED string lights are really fun to use. Just hide the tiny battery case behind the wreath. The copper wire looks pretty and is easy to wrap around the pine cones.
Now you can enjoy your beautiful pine cone wreath before and after the holidays!
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Happy creating! See you soon! 🙂