How to Make a Pine Cone Wreath

Several years ago, my mom and aunt started a small business selling their homemade pine cone wreaths.  This year, they finally showed me their secrets to making these gorgeous long lasting wreaths. I made my first pine cone wreath this year. Here is an early Christmas present from Our Garden Plot to you –

Mom’s Pine Cone Wreath Making Lesson

First, gather the pine cones from the ground in your yard, neighborhood and parks.  The long thin pine cones work best.  Next, wash the pine cones by swishing them around for a few minutes in a large bin of water mixed with a quarter cup of bleach

Drop the washed pine cones on a tarp, shake them a bit then place them on a towel to dry. Let the pine cones dry outside for one to two days.  The pine cones close when they are wet. They are ready for wreath making when they start to open.

Place a large tarp on your floor work space.  Sort the pine cones by size: small, medium and large (wear gloves and old clothes since there is still sticky sap on the pine cones).  Pinch off the small stems at the base of the pine cones.  The pine cones are ready to go into your 12 or 16 inch metal wreath form.

Insert the pine cones into the metal form by pinching and pushing the base of the pine cone through the outer rim of the form. Four to Five pine cones will fit in each section.  Fill the outer rim completely around.   You will have one circle of pine cones. Dipping the base of the pine cones in water makes them close and slide easily into the frame.  When the pine cones dry, they will open and fit in tight and more secure.

There are five pine cones in this section.  You will need 100 to 125 pine cones to make one wreath on a 12 inch frame.

Insert the large pine cones in the outer sections, the medium pine cones in the middle sections and the small pine cones in the inner sections.

There will be three concentric circles of pine cones.  Make a hook with florist wire wrapped with floral tape.  Secure the hook to the frame on the back of the wreath.The wreath looks beautiful plain or decorated with natural objects – berries, leaves, small pine cones, or evergreen pieces.

The wreath becomes fuller as the pine cones dry.  Enjoy your homemade wreath.  It will last a long time!

About McArtor

Organic gardener keeping a journal of our community garden plot and other adventures in growing things on the earth.
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20 Responses to How to Make a Pine Cone Wreath

  1. Dan says:

    Wow! You make it seem so easy! It would be great to see how people decorated their wreaths

  2. Todd says:

    where did you get your metal frame?

  3. Andrea says:

    Great idea. Great directions. I made mine today and it looks really good. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  4. Susan says:

    I suspect I am doing something wrong. It is very difficult to get the pine cones into the frame and they stick straight up! Please help

    • McArtor says:

      Are your pinecones still damp? It is best to work with the pinecones when they are damp/wet and insert at an angle almost horizontal with the frame. When the pinecones dry they will open up and get more secure in the frame. Hope this helps.

  5. Sue G. says:

    Really beautiful wreath!! and instructions are clear and seem easy. I’m gonna try this as soon as I collect more pine cones🙂

  6. Sue G. says:

    Does the bleach kill the bugs in the pine cones?Or should I bake them if I want to keep the wreath inside? Thanks🙂

  7. Lois B. says:

    I couldn’t get any sound with this blog. How much bleach did you soak the pine cones in and for how long?

  8. McArtor says:

    I soak the pine cones for over 10 minutes. It should kill the bugs. Never had a problem with bugs from the pine cones.

    Good luck.

  9. Mona says:

    This is a beautiful wreath, and the directions were easy to follow. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I made my wreath, and sprayed with Krylon clear sealant which gave it a slight sheen. I am excited to decorate it for fall, and make a couple for Christmas gifts. Again, thanks for your pics and instructions!

  10. Deb Murphy says:

    I want to spray my pine cones white. If I do it before assembly will they still close if soaked in water

  11. Lila Steber says:

    I have 3 great big bags of white pine cones but I don’t think I will have the time to make your beautiful wreath. If interested let me know and you can have them if you live In W. St. Paul,Mn. My e-mail is Lsteebs7@yahoo.com. Thanks Lila

    • McArtor says:

      Thanks for the offer, but we live in Maryland! Too bad you do not have the time to complete a white pine cone wreath. I wanted to see how it would turn out.
      Really, once you start putting the cones into the frame it goes quickly.

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