This may be what you need if you are looking for a cheap but beautiful Christmas gift this year. The instructions to make a Christmas wreath are easy to follow. With a few cans of spray paint, pine cones and a few other items you can make several Christmas wreaths for pennies each. These beauties can be given as gifts or you can use them to decorate your home. You’ll be surprised at how pretty they really are.
Supplies needed to make a DIY Christmas Wreath:
A medium sized box or large bag of pine cones.
Wire coat hangers.
Black duct tape.
Black wire or fishing cord
Red spray paint
Green spray paint
Shiny gold spray paint
Clear polyurethane (optional)
Several large sheets of newspaper
Heavy wire cutters
Wide ribbon in the Christmas color of your choice
Hot glue and glue gun or super glue
This project is best constructed outdoors.
How to make a Christmas Wreath.
The first thing you will need to do is gather a supply of good quality pine cones. These can be purchased at a craft store or picked up from the yard. Personally, I prefer to gather them from the yard but not everyone has a pine tree. Look for pine cones that have a minimum of breakage. You want the cones themselves to open and free of grass clippings, needles or debris.
Once you have collected the cones it’s time to take them home and rinse them off to remove any dirt. Lay them on the sheets of newspaper to dry. This can take a day or longer.
When the pine cones dry you are ready to paint them. Put them in piles according to the colors of spray paint that you have. Once you have even piles lay all the pine cones flat on several layers of open sheets of newspaper. Spray paint as much of the pine cone as possible. Be sure to get the paint into any open areas. Apply one coat of paint at a time and let the pine cones dry well. You are now well on your way toward making your DIY Christmas wreath!
Make your Christmas wreath frame while the pine cones are drying. Take the wire coat hanger and bend it to make a circle. Either bend the hook at the top into a small circle for hanging or snip it off and secure the ends of the hanger by twisting them together.
Wrap the entire frame in duct tape. Don’t worry about smoothing the tape too much. The ridges and bumps will help hold the pine cones in place. You may have to go over the frame twice. Be sure to include the hook at the top of the frame when you are wrapping.
By now, the pine cones for your DIY Christmas wreath should be dry. If so, it is time to tie the pine cones to the frame. Tie the black cord around one pine cone. Hold the cord tightly as you secure the cones to the frame and keep it taught. Gently but firmly wrap the cord around the pine cone and tie to the wreath.
You can usually secure up to 4-6 pine cones on a single piece of cord. Tie the cord when handling the Christmas wreath begins to become awkward. Alternate the colors of pine cones as you work your way around until the entire frame is covered.
At this point you can coat the entire wreath in clear polyurethane. This helps the beauty of your DIY Christmas wreath last for years.
Using your ribbon, tie a large bow at the top of the wreath. Add smaller bows to fill in gaps that may be left between the pine cones. Alternately, you can wrap the ribbon in and out of the wreath and fill in any gaps that way. A dot of hot glue or super glue will hold the ribbon firmly in place.
Now it is time to hang your DIY Christmas wreath on the wall or to give as a gift.
See my article on How to Decorate with Pine Cones for what to do with any remaining cones and ribbon scraps that you may have.