It’s Saturday morning at 8:00 AM. I woke up early to work on an assignment that I’ve been pushing off for days. I finally got it done but there’s no way I’m going back to sleep a this point. So, I made a holiday wreath! Here’s the process of what I did.
Earlier in the week I collected some pinecones from the pine trees on my university’s campus (yes I looked odd and probably like a squirrel). I then cleaned and dried them out.
I used 1 cup of vinegar in a bucket of very hot water, put all the pinecones in to clear any dirt. I then rinsed them with more hot, clean water and let them dry for three days. They opened up and looked nice and full!
In total, you will need the following materials to complete this DIY:
Cardboard (the size of your wreath)
Decorations (ribbon, baubles, glitter, etc.)
Paint your Pinecones
I then decided to spruce up my pinecones by painting the edges to look like snow! I just had some white acrylic paint laying around, which was an inexpensive way to add a bit of flaire. At this time you could also add glitter - I didn’t because my partner hates glitter and it is forbidden in our (future) home. I used long brush strokes and tried to make them uneven so that the paint was not too perfect.
Set your painted pinecones to dry and move onto the next step in the mean time.
Make a Wreath Ring
You can obviously buy a foam or metal ring from a craft store to complete this DIY, but I just wanted to use what I had at home! I grabbed a cardboard box (from some online holiday shopping) and cut out a circle. At this stage, I suggest laying out your pinecones to make sure you cut out an appropriately-sized ring. I drew a rough circle around the pinecones, cut out a shape and re-checked that they would fit.
Glue it all Together
Now that you’ve checked and double-checked the positioning of your pinecones, glue them all into place. Ensure you glue them not only to the wreath ring, but also to each other. Since pinecones have layers, i found it easy to hide glue marks and easy to fit the pinecones into each other. They fit sort of like a puzzle!
Now it’s time to decorate your wreath! I used some thrifted baubles, leftover disco-ball-looking ornaments from last year, and a thrifted greenery bundle. I would love to see this done with a huge red bow or with greenery added between the pinecones. The possibilities are endless, really!
I suggest hanging this wreath by tying ribbon to the top of it and ensuring all the parts of it are secure before attaching it to your door. Since this wreath could get pretty heavy, you want to make sure its stable.
Be sure to share your recreations! I’d love to see them - send them to me @mariamaymarketing on Instagram. If you have any questions, please leave a comment.
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