A beautiful, delicate, pine cone wreath caught my attention on Pinterest. Attached to ribbons, the pine cones were delicately suspended from the wreath. I had never seen this done before and felt I needed to make one of these. The pine cone wreath on Pinterest was more natural and woodsy, however, the wreath in my vision had beautiful shiny silver pine cones.
At first, the plan was to buy another grapevine wreath as the base, but when I went to the basement storage room, the DIY Christmas wreath I made a couple of years ago caught my eye.
Wouldn’t those silver pinecones look great with the sprigs of greenery and the little red berries? The tiny silvery leaves would echo the silver! So, there was the plan in a matter of seconds.
All of the flowers and the ribbon bow were removed from the wreath. There was basically a blank canvas. Although the wreath previously had a coat of the ‘Deluxe Snow Spray’, a few more light coats were sprayed over the front and sides of the wreath.
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Next, the pinecones had to be spray painted silver. The cinnamon scented pinecones were purchased at JoAnn Fabric and Craft store for half price. They don’t have to be scented. That was just a bonus! A search for that ‘mirror’ spray paint at several of the craft stores was fruitless. I settled for shiny silver spray paint, which ran about $3.oo. (I read a review on the mirror paint and the lady wrote that it was just an overpriced silver paint, in her opinion, anyway.)
The pinecones were just placed in a shallow cardboard box and several light coats of the silver paint were sprayed over them, allowing them to dry between coats. I didn’t get obsessive over this. Some of the areas at the base of the pinecone petals were not covered, which was not a big deal. The pinecones had a nice silver shine to them.
Using a drill and the smallest drill bit I have, a tiny hole was drilled in the top of the pinecone. Some of the stems had to be removed before the surface was flat enough to be able to drill. I just used the needle nose pliers to break the stem off to make it easier for drilling. The hole makes it much easier to start the eye screw.
The space where the stem was in these pinecones was limited. It was necessary to remove a few of the petals around the stem on a couple of the cones. My fingers would not fit to screw in the eye screw on several of them. I could get them started but ended up using the needle nose pliers to finish the job.
The red ribbon is such a bright contrast to these silver pine cones! I love it!
Not sure how long I wanted the ribbons at first, a ribbon end was threaded through the eye screw and tied in a knot. The wreath was hung on the closet door so the ribbon lengths could be determined. The ribbon was draped through the wreath and allowed to hang down, while the other end was held and manipulated until a decision was made on the length of the longest one.
Then, the ribbon was cut and another pine cone was attached to the loose end. (I already liked this pine cone wreath at this point!)
That process was used to decide how long each length of ribbon, with pine cones attached, needed to be.
Once I was happy with the positioning of the pine cones on the ribbon, the tiny silver spray with the red berries was wired to the bottom half of the wreath.
Then, a bow from red ribbon was made. I stood back and looked at it and decided that bow that was removed from the original wreath was really perfect for this wreath, too!
Once it was attached to the wreath, there was still something lacking. The top half looked plain. It needed something delicate to balance what was going on at the bottom of the wreath. After scouring the craft stores, fabric stores, department stores, etc., nothing seemed quite right. The unfinished wreath sat here for a week.
Then, I went to Michael’s and they had all of their tiny ornaments on sale – 70% off the regular price! There were little boxes of 1″ diameter silver ornaments and I could envision them on the wreath as the perfect subtle finishing touch. They set me back $1.80!
To attach them to the wreath, instead of using hangers, a piece of wire was cut and shaped into a ‘U’ resembling a hairpin. Then, the wire was slipped through the hanger on top of the ornament and twisted to hold it securely. The two loose wires were then twisted around the branches on the wreath so they would hold more securely.
The wreath was hung in the dining room. Although this pine cone wreath has a pop of red, it really seems quietly elegant, doesn’t it?
Actually, the title of this post could have been, How To Make A Beautiful Delicate Pine cone Wreath For Next To Nothing!