Christmas Cinnamon Pine Cone Wreath
Christmas Pine Cone Wreath
How to Make a Wreath using Pine Cones.
Every year for our county fair I try to do something different. This time I decided to enter the crafts division and selected to make two items - an ornament and a Christmas Pine Cone Grapevine Wreath.
It's easy to make a professional looking grapevine wreath by adding various sized pine cones, a few bobbles and bows. I chose a more burgundy colored ribbon with artificial flowers and gold extras for this particular wreath, mainly because it's what I had on hand from last Christmas crafts.
If you're into DIY projects, consider making wreaths for gifts this year. Something I like to do is give a wreath that I have made to someone who has moved into a new home during the holiday season. Many times decorating isn't something they have time for if they are unpacking to get settled.
When my sister's husband was in the hospital for several months the last thing on her mind was decorating, so I made her a wreath using her wedding ribbon. She was able to take it to the hospital and bring it home still looking great, because I had used artificial materials.
Select your wreath, the color flowers, ribbon and any other items you would like to use. Make your own creation for any season using some of the ideas you will find from this craft. Let's get started.
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Poll: DIY Wreaths
Have you ever made your own grapevine wreath?
Floral wire green 26 gauge
1 Grapevine wreath (mine was 15"
6 Artificial pine branches
Cinnamon Sticks: 6 mini 1/2 inch pieces
1 Gold beaded strand chain
2 Mini gold ribbed gold balls ornaments
1 Cluster of gold berries
3 Artificial fruit
35 Various sizes of pine cones. 7 medium and 28 mini
Satin ribbons 1 and 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch
Gold fabric wired ribbon 7/8th inch
Bows (from the ribbon):
3 mini burgundy 1/4 inch bows
1 large burgundy
1 medium gold bow
Floral with Foliage
3 burgundy sparkled flocked poinsettias
3 gold sparkled poinsettias
5 gold glitter leaves
12 green leaves
1 holly berry leaf set
DIY Cinnamon Pine Cone Wreath
Step 1: Select A Wreath
Place cardboard or newspaper on the surface where you will be working.
Select the size wreath you want to use. It needs to be large enough that it would center nicely on a door. I used a 15 inch wreath.
Step 2: Adding the Pine Branches
Cut artificial pine branches long enough that they extend out past the wreath a little. These were cut about 5 inches long.
Visually divide the wreath into three sections so that the spaces between each part are about equal.
Hot glue the pine pieces in place putting two pieces in an X shape like the photo.
You can see how the pinecones will cover most of the branches.
This is the size I used.
Select from various sizes for artificial or dried floral arrangements.
Add flowers, ornaments, greens or anything to create your own unique wreath
Vary your pine cone sizes for effectiveness.
My wreath incorporated items like these.
The cinnamon sticks were already cut into small pieces.
If you're not looking to make a wreath, no need to buy expensive arrangements.
Fill a container with sweet smelling cinnamon scented pinecones and cinnamon sticks potpourri.
Natural pine cones in box of 50 assorted kinds including Ponderosas, Austriacas, Lodgepoles, Jeffries, and Norway Spruce Pinecones.
Select Pine Cones You Like
You don't have to use cinnamon scents,
but it's nice and gives an "air" to the holidays.
Did you know...
The word pine cone can be spelled two ways.
Pinecone - simple closed compound word
Pine Cone - open compound word
Is that confusing or what?
Step 3: Adding Pine Cones & Fruit
Glue two pine cones in each of the sections. Make sure they are medium sized.
You can see that all three sections are the same at this point. We are looking for balance. Whatever you do to one section you need to do to the others.
Next glue the dried fruit (mini apples) in each section, but make sure the left and right ones are facing the outside of the wreath.
Step 4: Selecting Flowers
Choose the flowers you want to use and pull the tops off the wire stem. Place them in the middle or nearby so you can quickly add them to the wreath.
I have chosen large burgundy poinsettias with sparkles and small gold poinsettias.
Step 5: Adding Ribbon
Add a satin bow just off center on the top of the wreath. Short tails on the bow.
Make sure the hot glue doesn't touch the bow part of the ribbon or it will ruin it. Just glue under the tied area of the bow.
You will be building on the bow so it's OK if it's not exactly perfect.
Step 6: Adding Flowers
I propped this up so you can see how it is balanced. The top ribbon however is slightly to the right of the center top.
Begin hot gluing the flowers on the wreath. Add a large one on top of the satin ribbon right in the center so you see the entire poinsettia center.
Glue a small gold poinsettia on each of the three sections. Place it on the side of the pine cones sort of tucking them underneath.
Did you know ...
If you purchased a pine cone wreath it would
cost you over $50.00?
My wreath cost me under $10.00,
because I used left over craft pieces and
bought the pine cones after Christmas on clearance.
Steps 7-9 - Dimensions: 1 and 1/2" large bows cut 30" in lengths. 1/4" bows cut in 15" lengths.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Choose Your Ribbon
You can use any kind of ribbon for your project, I just happened to use satin and ribbon with wire. It worked best for the look I wanted to achieve.
Ribbons & Bows - These are the measurements of ribbon I used.
Gold trim wire craft ribbon comes in several colors and sizes.
Use for crafts, gifts, sewing or anything you want to give that special touch.
Tip of the Day
To keep ribbon ends from fraying
use a lighter to sear the ends.
Be sure not to touch the ribbon with the fire.
See below video on how to do it.
How to Make A Bow - Easy video on how to make a fast bow that looks almost perfect.
Really easy way to make a bow.
How to Make Tiny Bows
How to Make a 3 Loop Gift Bow by Lisa's Gift Wrappers
More links on how to make a bow.
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Step 10: Adding the Ribbon
Affix the ribbon tails to the satin box. Hot glue it to the lower part of the wreath making sure it is off center and to the right.
Glue the gold ribbon on top of the satin one making sure the bow is not going in the same direction as the satin one. That way it looks more full.
Puff out the gold wire bow sliding your finger between the loops to extend them.
Step 11: Adding the Gold Beading
Cut two strands of the gold beaded chain about 15" long or desired length. The photo only shows the first one I did.
Fold it in half and glue the center where the fold is underneath the satin ribbon.
Step 12: Beading
Take the two ends of the gold beads that are hanging down and turn them up under the bow to make a loop.
If you want tails leave two ends hanging down.
Hot glue the ends under the ribbon as well. Press down to make sure it holds.
Without touching the craft,
use a heat gun on hot to melt
the stringy glue on a craft.
Step 13: Add Ornaments
Make three small bows with the 1/4" satin ribbon. Glue one on each of the pine cone clusters.
On the top left cluster glue the two gold ribbed ornaments spacing them a little a part.
Add gold leaves and miniature pine cones to each section. I used a different amount of mini cones in each section, because they all didn't need the same amount as a filler.
Step 14: Add Cinammon Sticks
One of the last things I did was add the cinnamon sticks. I didn't want to overwhelm it with scent or have them be the focus of the wreath that's why I only used six pieces. It was plenty and still smells great.
Add the miniature cinnamon sticks to each of the pine cone sections. You will have to see where the best place would be based on the sizes of your pine cones.
Each wreath comes out differently because none of the natural materials are the same size.
I didn't use pre-made floral picks or arrangements.
... but You Can.
Close-ups of finished wreath. - Each section shows how they are the same, but different.Click thumbnail to view full-size
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Materials List Print Sheet
- Floral wire green 26 gauge
- 1 Grapevine wreath (mine was 15")
- 6 Artificial pine branches
- Satin ribbons 1 and 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch
- Gold fabric wired ribbon 7/8th inch
- Bows (from the ribbon): 3 mini burgundy 1/4 inch bows; 1 large burgundy, 1 medium gold bow
- Flowers with foliage: 3 burgundy sparkled flocked and 3 gold sparkle poinsettias
- Floral: 5 gold glitter leaves and 12 green leaves
- Pine cones various sizes a total of 35 pine cones. 7 medium and 28 mini
- 3 Artificial fruit
- Cinnamon Sticks: 6 mini 1/2 inch pieces
- Ornaments: 2 mini gold ribbed gold balls and one cluster of gold berries
- 1 Gold beaded strand chain
- Berries: 1 holly leaf set
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