Pine cones are a beautiful, natural addition to home décor. Learn how to make a pine cone garland for a touch of woodland style. This easy tutorial shows you how to create your own pine cone garland for less than $1.30 a foot. It’s the perfect holiday decoration both indoors and out.
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A simple pine cone garland adds a natural touch to seasonal décor. There is something warm and charming about natural elements used to create a festive display.
Another bonus of using natural materials in crafts: they are eco-friendly and can often be obtained for FREE! I love collecting materials from my own yard and turning them into something amazing! (Learn how I make wreaths from fall leaves.)
Preparing Pine Cones for Crafts
This tutorial uses pine cones I collected in my yard. You can make your own crafts using pine cones you find outdoors as long as they are properly prepared, learn more in my tutorial for curing pine cones.
You can string this lovely garland across your mantel for a touch of woodland style or add it to a porch railing for festive seasonal decor.
Pine Cone Garland Supplies
- 30 lb natural twine (approximately $0.03 per foot)
- 21 lb natural twine (approximately $0.07 per foot)
- Cinnamon or clove essential oil (optional for scenting)
- Prepared pine cones (1-3 per inch depending on desired fullness)
How to Make a Pine Cone Garland
1 – Prepare the pine cones. You will need 1-3 pine cones per inch of garland. Use more pine cones for a thicker the garland. Sort the pine cones by size (small, medium, large).
2 – Measure a piece of heavy weight twine the length of your desired garland. Make sure to leave a few extra inches on each end to hang the garland. Make a large loop at each end and knot tightly
3 – Cut a 6-8 inch piece of lightweight twine and tie it in a knot around the top of a pine cone.
4 – Tie the pine cone to your heavy weight twine.
5 – Continue to tie pine cones to the garland. For a thick garland try make them face several directions.
It can help to hang the garland between two chairs while working.
6. Add a few drops of essential oil to the pine cones and twine to add natural holiday scent. I like to use cinnamon or clove.
7. Enjoy your garland!
More Pine Cone Crafts
Visit this post for 30 holiday decoration tutorials that use pine cones. (Each have detailed directions.)
Cleaning with Pine
Love the scent of pine cleaners? Check out my DIY evergreen vinegar for cleaning, it’s all natural!
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My wreaths “shed” the “pedals” everywhere. I dried in oven them soaked them then put them into wires on wire wreath. They dried and expanded which is keeping cones in place but they”petal” break off They are really making a mess. Are they got only one year? My parents made my me a Pune cone Xmas tree and it’s lasted 25 hrs
I would only soak the pinecones one time… before baking. I am not sure how soaking them after baking would affect the pinecones.
About soaking the pine cones, I’ve never soaked mine, I’ve been making and selling wreathes for 40 years.Baking for an hour is all I do , my wreaths last for years.
I have all of mine prepared for crafts. I’m sorry that I have the very large pinecones here in FL. I’ve made many different crafts. Painting takes alot of paint! They are very porous. Thank you for different ideas.
Thank for your wonderful ideas.
Love to decorate with pin cones.
Hi, I’ve picked lots of pine cones, dried them out, but didn’t realise I had to soak them(house must be covered in bugs 🤭) they’re all opened up now, so I guess it’s too late to soak them ?
You can soak them then redry or just use as is!
Beautiful! I have one suggestion of using them indoors you need to bake the bugs out. It takes about twenty minutes at 250 I think!
Thanks, Linda! I soak mine in water and vinegar and then bake. I have a post with the full instructions for preparing pine cones for crafts here.
I love your ideals great
Found you via Hometalk and this very pretty! Way better than the fake stuff. I wanted to do a pine cone wreath for my front door last year but never got around to it. Hopefully I’ll get to it this year. Thanks for the preservation tips. 🙂
Thank you for the lovely comment. I hope you get your wreath done this year!