Pine Cone Wreath

Wanted to make a pine cone wreath but I needed a base so I decided to use hose from an old vacuum cleaner. I like shopping in the woods around my home for craft supplies and that is were I got the pine cones.
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I cut hose into and hot glued it together to make base large enough.
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Need to cut pine cones down, tried garden clippers but they weren't strong enough so I used branch trimmers and they worked great.
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I cut and hot glued cones all around, then I trimmed down smaller unopened cones to fill in gaps. I also made a wire hanger for the back using a wire coat hanger and hot glued it to the back.
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I used spray paint over entire wreath. Paint was a bright sea foam color but the pine cones soaked the paint up causing color change. It was a nice surprise because I like the new grayish color.
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I then spray painted sweet gum balls a bright glossy red but once again the color changed. Hot glued them on and was finished. I may add a bow later.
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  • Sandie Lori
    on Nov 20, 2015

    This is BEAUTIFUL!! I was wondering how you got it looking so perfectly set. lol...never expected that a vacuum hose was used for the base. BRILLIANT! Love, love, LOVE the color!! But one question? *sweet gumballs*?? When I hear that I think of candy lol...what are those?

    • Kathleen Julian Clore
      on Nov 22, 2015

      @Sand "seet gumballs" = those pesky gumballs that fall from trees and REEEALY hurt when you step on them barefoot + can make you slip & slide when you have shoes on! LOL, who woulda knew that they'd be good for something so beautiful?

    • Sandie Lori
      on Nov 29, 2015

      @Kathleen Julian Clore lol...ty! Thought that's what you meant...just never heard them called that :)

    • Phyllis McDonald
      on Mar 2, 2016

      I still don't understand what they are. Are they pinecones? If not, what kind of tree? I live in Colordo and I'm not sure I've seen "sweet gumballs". Can you buy them somewhere?

    • TJ Christie
      on Mar 11, 2016

      No no no... sweet-gum balls, not sweet gumballs! They are balls from the sweet-gum tree. Quite the nuisance!

    • Lynn Reed
      on Apr 12, 2016

      I forgive all gumballs now that I see this:)

    • Kay p.
      on May 15, 2016

      They're still a pain in the neck. We have them all over our front yard. Good use of them. Very pretty.

  • Phyllis McDonald
    on Mar 2, 2016

    I don't understand what "sweet gumballs" are. Are they pinecones? If not, what kind of tree? I live in Colordo and I'm not sure I've seen "sweet gumballs". Can you buy them somewhere? Phyllis McDonald Phyllis McDonaldLoveland, CO·answered Just Now·

    • TJ Christie
      on Mar 11, 2016

      Phyllis, they are not "sweet gumballs" -- they are "sweet-gum balls" from the sweet-gum tree!

    • Soc
      on Mar 11, 2016

      Phyllis the sweetgum should grow in CO. They are the spiky round balls that fall from the trees. If you can find someone with a tree they will probably give you however many you can pick up. You may be able to google and find someone selling some. Good luck.

    • Marlene Bent
      on Mar 16, 2016

      What about dried burdock? Would look very similar. Not sure if that grows out there or not.

    • Louiseb
      on Mar 21, 2016

      It looks red and white to me, not grey and some color other than red. Did you spray ithem again?

    • Stacy
      on Mar 25, 2016

      An ornamental tree ,Liquidambar styraciflua, commonly called American sweetgum. I have 3 in my yard here in deep East Texas. They produce those bur or gum balls but they are brown in color, not red ( they were spray painted)

    • Lynn Murphy-Picker
      on May 4, 2016

      Sweet gum tree produces the sweet gum balls which are textured similar to a pinecone. Beautiful tree. A lot of people complain about the mess from all the balls that drop off like pinecones. Love this idea. Thanks for sharing.

    • Donna
      on May 26, 2016

      we used to call them cherry bombs as they look like a round bomb with the fuse sticking out

    • Nancy
      on Oct 20, 2016

      You don't want to step on one with bare feet

  • Janis
    on Mar 3, 2016

    What is the diameter of the inner hose?

    • Helen Gooden
      on Oct 3, 2016

      Check Michael's for the rings they had different sizes .

    • Diana Dailey
      on Jan 28, 2017

      Sorry to be so long in answering, family sickness and email got into the thousands. It's about 2" 4/12" out side counting both hoses. About 30" finished.

  • Tina Coyle
    on Sep 25, 2016

    Do the pinecones close up in cold weather? I always wanted to make this, but worried that would happen and spoil the look of the wreath if I hung it outside.

    • Helen Gooden
      on Oct 3, 2016

      I have made several of them. I buy the metal rings at Michael's . wire the pine cones leave excess wire to attach them on the ring. The rings are made out of a wire like a coat hanger. They also had a tree frame. Start with the larger cone then work on each side. I sprayed mine with a clear coat. The cold has never bothered them but if it gets wet.. they will close up. then need to dry and wires need tightened..So if it is diaplayed on a covered porch/door it's fine.

    • Winnie
      on Oct 25, 2016

      I have three pine trees in my yard, so tons of cones. I've never seen them affected by cold

    • Terry Russell
      on Oct 27, 2016

      I put mine in oven,they open fully,cool then clear coat!

    • Deanie Winter
      on Oct 31, 2016

      Pine cones will close back up if they get rained on.

    • Tina Coyle
      on Nov 23, 2016

      Ahhh, I thought it was the cold that made them close, but with experimenting have found you guys are right, it is the rain that closes them. Now I can put this on my covered porch without worry!

    • Mary Law
      on Dec 21, 2016

      I lived in the NE...When sprayed with Polyeurathane they won't close with rain. Never heard of cold affecting them

  • Annette
    on Oct 22, 2016

    Do you have a web site?

    • Diana Dailey
      on Jan 28, 2017

      Sorry to be so long in answering. Family sickness. And for some reason just not getting notice. No, I have an Etsy store but it polymerclay fairy houses. FairyAbodesByDiana.

  • Etta Mae Turley
    on Oct 25, 2016

    what are sweet gum balls and where do you get them?

    • Deborah Rolman
      on Oct 26, 2016

      They are small balls with spines that come from the American sweetgum tree.

    • Tommi L. Perkins
      on Oct 28, 2016

      You can come to my house and have ALL you want!! Never buy a sweet gum tree!!

    • Marcella Smith
      on Nov 9, 2016

      Do craft stores carry them?

    • Joanie
      on Nov 26, 2016

      I will let you have all my gumballs. I WILL let you take all my trees and you can take THEM and the gumballs too. They grow wild in Virginia. Pretty trees with 5 points on the leaves, similiar to a maple. The gumballs fall and they are a real MESS!!!!

    • Mary Wise
      on Dec 16, 2016

      Sweetgum balls are the bane of my existence!! The first time you step on one barefooted, you'll remember those suckers for the rest of your life! Not quite as bad as sandspurs, but almost!!😅

      on Jun 7, 2017

      we called them itchy balls
  • Evelyn Monahan
    on Jan 27, 2017

    made the pine cone wreath but after awhile the pine cones started falling off even though they were hot glued on what was the problem never had a problem with hot glue before

    • Diana Dailey
      on Jan 28, 2017

      I had four to fall off after a few months, glued the back and so far so good. Can't hang outside here, the heat melts the glue, I could wire them on I guess.

    • Marrianne Rudy
      on May 7, 2017

      Try E6000 glue instead. While it will take longer to make because you have to leave it to set, they'll stay on in any weather.
  • Ed Mockapetris
    on Sep 29, 2017

    Beautiful! What would you use if you had no vacuum cleaner hoses to spare?
    • Meg
      on Sep 18, 2018

      Lowe's and Home Depot sell plastic sump pump discharge hose (24 ft for $12.00 +/-). It's light in weight but should work.

    • Jackie Reed
      on Oct 27, 2018

      Pool noodles

    • Barbara Brunner
      on Apr 20, 2019

      You could use the hoses of old CPAP machines. The machines are used for sleep apnea. Maybe one of your friends have one

  • Virginia Duncan
    on Dec 13, 2017

    Did you use a solution to clean and debug insects from pine ones before using them? Others have told me pine cones usually have lot of insects?
    • Meg
      on Sep 18, 2018

      Put the pine cones in sealed freezer bags overnight to kill any insects. Let them rest for a day or so, take them outside and shake them individually before beginning work on your project.

    • Jackie Reed
      on Oct 27, 2018

      I rinse my pine cones in a bleach water solution. I let them soak for about 10 -15 minutes and then dry them in the sun (or you can dry them in the oven).

    • Sharon Reardon
      on Dec 7, 2018

      I put them in a low oven @200 degrees for 20-30 minutes. It dries them, debugs them, and opens them up.

    • Phyllis Herrin
      on Feb 19, 2019

      pine cones have no bugs if in the mountains. get them when they fall off tree during wind

  • Ysleta
    on Nov 28, 2018

    AWESOME lookin! Sweet gum balls, actual gumballs???

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