Monday, October 26, 2009

I pine for you

For this week’s DIY Day, I kept things super simple. If you can answer yes to the next three questions, you too can make this easy and uber cute (if I do say so myself!) Thanksgiving wreath.

1. Do you have pinecones?

2. Do you have hot glue?

3. Do you have scrap paper?
Everybody with me? Here we go!

Step one: turn on hot glue gun and gather pinecones.

Step two: arrange pine cones in a pleasing shape, I chose a square.

Step three: hot glue like crazy! I found that if I applied the glue really generously and sort of squished the pinecones together until they interlocked a bit, they stayed glued just fine. It helps to glue one cone at a time and hold in place until the glue has hardened. If you wanted to make a really big wreath, I would suggest making a frame from a metal clothes hanger and wiring the cones to the frame. However, for a small wreath, hot glue works just fine.

Step four: up the cuteness factor with some embellishments. I created a mini banner out of some scrap paper. I just freehanded the letters, glued them to brown construction paper squares, and taped the squares to some twine. If a banner isn’t your thing, you could add pretty ribbon, some of those fall berry floral sticks, or anything else that strikes your fancy.

I love how my wreath looks just propped up on the buffet, but it would also look very sweet hung by some ribbon on a door or window.

This seriously took about 20 minutes from start to finish and cost me zero dollars. That is my kind of project!

Anyone have other fun pinecone ideas?



Tammy of Yarborough House said...

Awesome and Easy..My kind of combination Hattie. Keep them coming that way.


Tim and Tracy said...

I like... I also like how it fits in really nicely with the square shape of the flour sack in the frame.

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I've been meaning to gather some pinecones for a project. Thanks for the inspiration and nudge.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Very cute. A good use of those things laying around the yard. ;) Visiting from Kimba's party. :)

Brakes and Gas said...

I am always looking for fun, easy, DIY seasonal door decor (that was sort of a mouthful!) and I LOVE these fun wreaths. What a fab idea and I love the story behind your blog name!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Very cute. My kids would love to make this.

Rose :: FineCraftGuild dotcom said...

you sure kept it simple, and that simplicity makes this project all the more do-able.

Abbi said...

Pinecone wreaths are fun. Yours is very cute! I hope to make several for Christmas decorations.