The Pinecone Hunt=The Pinecone Wreath

by Chris on November 8, 2010

  • Me: Hey guys, who wants to go on a pinecone hunt with me?
  • 8 year old: Yeah!!! Come on, everyone! Let’s go on a family pinecone hunt! (Yes, she really did say that.)
  • 11 year old: Ehhh, I think I’ll just stay in here.

It’s official. 11 years old is apparently the age in which our annual pinecone hunt is no longer worthy enough to get my son to go with us. Never fear. He went. With some persuasion.


It’s at this time of year, that I find myself once again on the prowl for some free, natural items to decorate with. Thank goodness for our backyard. 


While my daughter daintily carried her basket and picked the “perfect” cones, this is how my son decided to hunt.


Even my husband decided to get in on the search. Notice his vice grip. Poor little cone was probably screaming for dear life!


And then there’s the Nemesis. He kept catching deer scent, so he was running around all over the place. This is the only picture I have. And it’s of his butt.


Luckily, the hunt proved very plentiful for us! My husband kept saying, “Isn’t that enough?” Poor guy. So naive.

pine cone wreath

Well. Wanna see how I did it? Here we go. First of all…I gathered a lot of pinecones. :)

pinecone basket

I had a styrofoam wreath in my basement (yes, really) that I decided to use. I think it was about $5.00. I spray painted it brown so it wouldn’t show through as much when the pinecones went on. I couldn’t find my dark brown paint, but I would recommend that in the future.


At first, I tried to place the pinecones in some sort of pattern, but it really didn’t work out for me. I basically placed them on one at a time and squished them into some sort of fit.

how to pinecone wreath

I worried about the top first, then I plugged the cones onto the exterior and interior sides.

how to pinecone

 Once it was all done, I went back with some tiny pinecones and filled in some gaps that I thought showed too much.

pinecone wreath

While it only cost me $5.00 to make, I’ll admit it took me a while to do. I’d say it took 3 episodes of General Hospital and a half a Lions’ football game. Yes, that’s how I think.

fall wreath

Oh, and a ton of glue sticks. Like, literally a ton. I guess you can imagine how heavy this wreath is then.

pinecone wreath

This is a sneak peek of the fall mantle. I’ll be back later to show the rest!



Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. November 8, 2010 at 1:11 pm

The hunt looks like fun and your wreath is beautiful!

Marie November 8, 2010 at 1:15 pm

nice! i've made a wreath like that before…i found TEENY TINY pinecones while on vacation in tennessee that were perfect! over the years 50% of the pinecones have fallen off and i've been too lazy to reglue them. lol and if you think your son doesn't want to pinecone hunt at 11…just wait until he's 14 and you have to threaten him within an inch of his life to do ANYTHING. joy.

Judy November 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm

The wreath is beautiful. I love how you count time…in GH episodes. Cute.

Janell @ Isabella and Max November 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm

This is gorgeous…too bad we threw away a zillion pinecones while cleaning up the backyard this weekend! Would have been a great excuse to pull out my hot glue gun.


New Every Morning November 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Beautiful! I love the wide orange ribbon, too!

Emily @ On the V Side November 8, 2010 at 1:44 pm

It looks perfect! Great job!

Susannah November 8, 2010 at 1:44 pm

So cute! I L.O.V.E. that you went out as a family to collect the cones! Now when your kids see the wreath they will have such good family memories :P Can I do this with just my husband….?

Red Door Home November 8, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Looks like a great family project. We always look for pine cones when we go down south but I have never made a wreath out of mine.

Jenn November 8, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Wow, what a fun activity to do with the fam and such a pretty outcome! Jenn (

Holly November 8, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Oh my goodness! That is so pretty! By the way, my dogs butt looks just like your dog's butt.

Katelyn November 8, 2010 at 1:48 pm

This is really cute and simple!! I might try it out myself. Thanks for posting!!! :)

Battfam November 8, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Your wreath is beautiful, definitely worth the work. I love the ribbon and the way you tied it too.

The Obstinant Family November 8, 2010 at 1:59 pm

WOW! That turned out BeAuTiFuL!!! What a simple craft to try.

Ellen November 8, 2010 at 2:00 pm

It's gorgeous! I love how you think of time – we are kindred spirits. I think of dollars by how much it costs for my favorite bacon blue cheese burger. ;)

Brandi November 8, 2010 at 2:01 pm

I love your humor! Your wreath turned out great! You've got me thinking now!!!!!

Laura Keller November 8, 2010 at 2:05 pm

This looks lovely… It was definitely worth all the effort, though pine cone hunting with the family doesn't sound so bad!

Andrea November 8, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Love it!!!

themangoarchives November 8, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Love love love love it! This would look great on any door.

Anna @ Take the Side Street November 8, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I love it, my favorite fall decorations are natural. I love the contrast of the silky ribbon with the texture of the pinecones, too.

Toya November 8, 2010 at 3:06 pm

It turned out amazing, makes me want to go on a pine cone hunt. Can't wait to see the rest of the mantle.

Deb {Confessions of an Ugly Mom} November 8, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Oh, wow, I love that. We don't have any pine trees here, but the kids are going to my parents' next weekend and I may have to send them with an assignment.

It really is beautiful.

Carol November 8, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I love it! It's gorgeous. It's great how it was a family activity first, and then some creative time for you. I wanna make one now. :-)

Stephanie November 8, 2010 at 3:16 pm

I love how you wrote this post! It was so real they way you wrote it. I love the wreath, the cool thing is that you can change out the ribbon and use it for Christmas!

Darcy from The I.Design Box November 8, 2010 at 3:26 pm

This is so pretty! I love it. You could even change the colored ribbon or little embellishements with the changing seasons. Very creative.

Darcy from The I.Design Box November 8, 2010 at 3:27 pm

This is so pretty! I love that you can change the ribbon with the season and add embellishments with each changing holiday. Gorgeous!

Lisa November 8, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Gorgeous! I can see why it must have taken so long! That's dedication : )

Tam November 8, 2010 at 3:37 pm

I love the wreath! I can't wait for the mantle reveal.

sarah@homeismore November 8, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Gorgeous and inexpensive. Gotta love that.

The Mulberry Girl November 8, 2010 at 4:30 pm

You make me laugh…the wreath looks great. Maybe Nemesis wanted you to get a shot of "his good side." Dogs can be vain too you know.

Susan Crabtree November 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm

simply beautiful!

Karen At Home November 8, 2010 at 4:50 pm

So pretty!! What a special wreath to be made by all members of the family!


Marianne@Songbird November 8, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Oh gosh don't remind me. I already have two bags of pinecones in my basement waiting to be turned into a wreath.
Well now that I have seen yours I might spring into action. No really, I might!

jerriann November 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm

That is gorgeous, simply stunning and on my list of must haves!

Amy Bennett November 8, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Oh my, I love it! I made one almost just like it about 2 weeks ago. It is a lot of work but the price is right!

Gabrielle November 8, 2010 at 6:13 pm

GORGEOUS! WOW! I would go on a pinecone hunt ANYDAY! :) No luck with pinecones here…I have to get them on eBay and Etsy! LOL

Kaitlyn November 8, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Saw you over at Better After…I love the wreath!! It looks great ~ just became a follower!

Kaitlyn @ The Birds Nest

Anita November 8, 2010 at 6:14 pm

It is beautiful and worth the effort!!

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey November 8, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Gorgeous! Love love love it!

Beth@The Stories of A2Z November 8, 2010 at 6:23 pm

I love it! It looks fab. Looking forward to seeing your mantel so I can copy it again. Mine currently is bare and waiting for your inspiration :). I kid, I kid…kind of.

begin with a Sunny Outlook November 8, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Wow! That's beautiful. I am in need of a new Christmas wreath. And this one would be in season all winter long!

It's Just Me November 8, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Beautiful … Wonder if my 8yr old would like to go on a pinecone hunt. Funny, I just made a topiary and I said it took my 2 movies and an episode of Dexter, lol.

Modern Country Lady November 8, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Hahaha,great story- and love the wreath!! Good colour combo with the orange ribbon !!

Hope Cancer Resources November 8, 2010 at 6:56 pm

I was in South Carolina at boot camp in 1990, and while marching out to our weapon training course we stopped to take a break and I found pinecones the size of a small poodle laying on the side of the road. I think the drills questioned my choice to join the Army reserves as they watched me get REALLY excited about how much $$ I could have made by collecting and selling those things.

Great job!!! :)

Erin @ The Little Apartment November 8, 2010 at 7:04 pm

that is gorgeous!

Leave a Trail... November 8, 2010 at 7:12 pm

your wreath is BEAUTIFUL!

Wendy November 8, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Yep, I LOVE this wreath!!!

Amelia November 8, 2010 at 7:45 pm

I made one like this a couple of weeks ago…however my pine cones came from a yard sale where I got a huge box for $2.00…still had a lot left over too. I agree on the amount of glue sticks it took…but the looks fantastic – check out the picture of it on my blog.

Amanda English November 8, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Okay, I LOVE this wreath! But I MUST ASK… what did you do about the potential BUGS lurking in those cones before using them? Also, do you have problems with SAP from the cones?

I would like to use some cones in my decor… but I always worry about BUGS and SAP. Both are … well… EWWWWWWW…

Carolinheartstrings November 8, 2010 at 8:20 pm

That is gorgeous. And how easy it can be used for Christmas with just a change of ribbon. Great job.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut November 8, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Oh Man I love what those little pinecones have turned into!! Gorgeous.\\

Unfortunately, our (family) pinecone hunt would involve Pottery Barn and 10 dollar pine cones.


Mrs. Bliss November 8, 2010 at 11:01 pm

It would be cool to make little ones and place candles in the middle for Thanksgiving centerpieces! Now you've got my mind thinking…

Amanda English November 9, 2010 at 1:56 am

it would be pretty to buy mini pinecones (unless you could actually find them) and make mini wreaths for ornaments. I have only "natural" ornaments and my be trying this…

Beki - TheRustedChain November 9, 2010 at 3:01 am

Absolutely gorgeous! I love it!

Great job, lady.

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. November 9, 2010 at 3:29 am

I think it was well worth all of those hours. Your wreath is beautiful!

Plus, you got some show-watching in,too. :)

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming November 9, 2010 at 3:49 am

Totally in love, Chris! This looks fab.u.lous. ~ Stephanie Lynn

Dream Mom November 9, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Wow, it turned out beautiful! I love how the whole family got in on the activity; what great fun. And love, the satin ribbon!

I can't remember where but there is an internet site that will take a person's entire blog and create it into a book. It would be great fun to look back and read this story when the kids are older.

Sarah @ Sugar Bananas! November 9, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Hahaha, the picture of your son in the tree reminds me of the one of your hubby in the tree a few posts ago. The wreath turned out great! Brown pine cones against the deep orange are the perfect combo.

Thanks for the fun family post.


PeaceLoveApplesauce November 9, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Your wreath looks fantastic.. I love it!

Barb November 10, 2010 at 12:15 am

It really turned out nice Chris. Good job. You can use this as a table Center Piece too. You didn't mention if you hot glued each one or just here and there? I loved that the whole family got into the hunt. What a wonderful family outing. It's things like that that kids remember when there old.


Barb November 10, 2010 at 12:21 am

PS: This would make a nice gift for your mother too. Maybe just a small one? Hint Hint… HE HE HE

Him and Her November 10, 2010 at 2:15 am

looks great! yay for pinecones!

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top November 10, 2010 at 2:30 am

Last year, I wanted to make one of these so bad. Then one day while out thrifting I found a small one already made. Yay! SO much easier. haha! I think yours is wonderful. I especially love the orange ribbon.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman November 11, 2010 at 5:21 am

that is SO beautiful! It's deceiving; those pine cones seem so light until you pile them all up together, lol! great idea. we have pinecones galore around here!

Brandy November 12, 2010 at 4:15 am

This wreath is fabulous!!! I wonder if I could get the Hubs to hunt pine cones with me…… :-)

Jo - To a Pretty Life November 12, 2010 at 3:10 pm

What a pretty wreath! I bought a pinecone wreath last year, since my neighbourhood is seriously lacking in trees. As I was paying for it I grumbled to myself that I was paying for something I could have made for free.

Dee November 13, 2010 at 2:08 am

Your pinecone wreath turn out Beautiful! I know my little Princess would love to do one with me:)Great craft idea!

AliLilly November 14, 2010 at 6:47 am

My daughter, husband and I collected a bucket full of pine cones on evening. I was so sweet collecting them with Alice. She calls them "cone-cones" I planned on making a pine cone wreath and had saved a couple tutorials. I love this one. I am definitely using yours when I make mine! Thanks so much for sharing.

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia December 6, 2010 at 6:09 pm

I am late to comment but this is so beautiful! Seriously thinking of going around the neighborhood to see if I find some.

Sam November 15, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Your pinecone wreath is absolutely gorgeous, I have a little tree in my garden with some pine cones on it, but not enough yet to make a wreath, I will just have to keep saving them. TFS

Deborah March 22, 2012 at 12:38 am

Did that years ago and mine was VERY HEAVY also. Family thing to the woods and used real grapevine. FYI – too heavy to begin with !

Vanessa March 22, 2012 at 7:49 am

I’m not a big fan of wreaths, but I just love this one and being from the Pine Tree State, I shouldn’t have any trouble finding pine cones! :) Thanks for sharing this idea and the tutorial!

Chris March 22, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I’m pretty picky about wreaths too, Vanessa. I do love the pinecone ones though! Thanks for stopping by!

Cynthia June 21, 2012 at 12:38 pm

You have given me a reason to use the 2 huge contractor trash bags full of pine cones I have gathered. We had a freak hail storm and it shook loose EVERY pine cone on my 4 massive pine trees. My driveway smelled like Christmas in June. Thanks for sharing.

Brenda Davis June 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm

My sister-in-law taught me how to do this many years ago and we had so much fun gathering the cones and making the wreaths. Yes it is very time consuming but so much fun and it was so satisfying saying “I made that! I gathered my cones in a plastic trash bag and brushed each cone with an old hairbrush to get rid of dirt and spider webs. Then I put them back in the bag, sprayed bug spray in the bag and sealed it for about 3 to 5 days to kill any critters. I also used a styrofoam wreath for the base and used the same procedure to put the cones on the base. After it was completed, i let it sit for a couple of days and them sprayed with a clear varnish that made the wreath even more beautiful. The colors of the cones were richer, more dimensional.
Thanks for reminding me that I want to make another one.

Darlene 'Dee' Bishop @Frugal Fancy September 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Do you think this would work with a straw wreath form? I picked one up at AC Moore the other day and have a pine tree in my backyard. I love this look but just wondering if I need to go buy a Stryofoam wreath form. Thoughts?

Chris September 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm

I’ll bet it would work, Darlene. Just watch out because the hot glue tends to melt the plastic wrapping, or sometimes the straw can pull a little. If it helps–I would do it. :)

Darlene 'Dee' Bishop @Frugal Fancy September 13, 2012 at 8:57 am

Cool! I’ll have to give it a try. I REALLY want to make a wreath for my outside door and I love this one! Thanks!

Stephanie November 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm

it looks gorgeous though! I cannot find any nice OPEN pine cones. Mine are all from white pines or tiny tiny weird ones. I’m jealous!

sanja December 4, 2012 at 3:15 am

Your tutorial is good and it look like you had a wonderful pinecone “hunting” . I linked to your blog from my blog/pinecone tutuorial, I hope that is okay, or else please let med know..
Xoxo Miss S

Chris December 11, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Thank you, Sanja!

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