Friday, November 11, 2016

Painted Pinecone Wreath

This project is worth the time!! LOOK at the results! If you are interested in learning how to make this beautiful painted pinecone wreath, follow the steps below!

You may be lucky enough to have a friend who gathered pinecones for you, like I did! Because that's a back breaking job! Be sure that you are using plump, medium-sized pinecones for this project. And, remember to use thick gardening gloves when handling the pinecones. I also used rubber gloves when I handled the pinecones while spray painting them.

First, soak the pinecones in vinegar and water in a large bucket to get them clean and bug-free before starting this project. I started to skip this step until I saw a stink bug crawl out of one of the pinecones! Yikes!

Use 1/3 to 1 full cup of vinegar per gallon of water. Let pinecones soak 1/2 to 1 hour. Then, drain the water and set the pinecones out in the sun to dry for a couple of days, or until they have opened again. Pinecones close up when wet.

Then, using heavy duty gardening sheers, cut the pinecones in half. This takes a lot of strength because the pinecones are difficult to cut. If the pinecone is large, you may have to cut 3/4 of the pinecone off in order to get the size you need.

Determine what colors you want to use for your wreath. I used yellow, purple, orange and red spray paint. I used a green and orange acrylic craft paint for the middle of the pinecones. I sprayed the pinecones with polyurethane to give them a shiny look.

The colors were so bright and reminded me of Fall! 

I spray painted my styrofoam wreath purple. This is an optional step. I thought the purple would look nicer than the natural green color of the styrofoam wreath. 

I hot glued the pinecones onto the styrofoam wreath. Use a generous portion of glue. I used floral wire to make my hanger for the wreath, then added a bow. 

Everyone who comes to our house is raving over my door wreath! They are shocked to find out they are pinecones and not zinnias! 

Happy surfing, pinning, and crafting! 

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