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Holiday Ombre Pinecone Wreath

5 Materials
4 Hours

Gather up some pinecones, I've got a pretty holiday idea for you! I'm going to be honest, this is not one of my quick and simple crafts that I normally like to do. It's a bit of a chore, but its so worth it!

I came across this wreath idea via BH&G (Better Homes and Garden) and I "needed" one too! It was not only beautiful, but it was a perfect color scheme for my freshly painted front door.
holiday ombre pinecone wreath
My Mama has two giant pine trees in her front yard and at almost any given time you can gather up quite a few pinecones for crafting.  We happen to have several bags full because I'm always "going to make something" with them and then I don't.  Sound familiar?

If you have just picked up your pinecones, you may want to de-bug and fully open them. Please visit our blog for a link for the how-to.  I've had mine for over a year so they are all open and buggie free!
holiday ombre pinecone wreath
You will need the following items to make your own wreath:

18" Grapevine Wreath (I usually get mine at Goodwill or thrift stores)
Lots of pinecones (I used 42), the smaller the better.  The larger ones are harder to work with.
Spray Paint - Colors of your choice.  I used three colors, Aqua, Destiny and Silver Fox but more is fine too.
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
holiday ombre pinecone wreath
I picked out all the small pinecones I had, but I did end up using some of the larger ones because I needed more in the end.  I ended up having three different paint sessions because I kept needing more pinecones.
holiday ombre pinecone wreath
Here are my paint colors.  The Aqua I already had left over from my thrifty lamp makeover.  You can see that post by clicking here.  The other two, Destiny and Silver Fox, I picked up at Lowes for about $4 each.  Visit our blog to see why I won't be using these two again.
holiday ombre pinecone wreath
Here is my set up for painting.  I set up on our work bench and I laid down a big piece of cardboard so I didn't get paint all over everything.  You could also use a drop cloth or plastic.

NOTE: Please wear gloves and a mask to protect yourself.  The mask is a definite necessity because you DO NOT want to breath those paint fumes into your lungs.
holiday ombre pinecone wreath
I'm sure I don't have to tell you how hard it is to use a hot glue gun and snap pictures all by yourself, but to assemble your wreath, start out with one color of pinecones adding them to your grapevine wreath here and there and then go on to the next color and so forth and so on until you have your wreath looking the way you want it.....three paint sessions later even! lol!

Please visit our blog for the link to the BH&G video tutorial, its awesome!
holiday ombre pinecone wreath
I really love how the wreath looks on our freshly painted blue door! 

The best thing about this wreath is that we can leave it up all Winter long! Yay!
holiday ombre pinecone wreath
If you haven't read my post on Painting a Paneled Door you can click right here.  Its easier than you think!

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Have a question about this project?

9 questions
  • Brandy Hedrick
    on Nov 28, 2017

    I just have a small glue gun from Dollar general will it hold the pinecones to the grapevine wreath or do you use like a bigger industrial size glue gun and glue?
    • DeeDee
      on Nov 29, 2017

      Hi Brandy! I don't think the size of the gun matters, but it will take you a lot longer with a smaller gun. I found that It takes lots of glue to hold the pinecones on, sometimes I had to wait for my gun to heat back up to continue on. Good luck! :)

    • Linda Koenig
      on Nov 30, 2017

      Buy a used electric fry pan. Use hot glue that come in 1# packs. (looks like a butter pkg.) Melt in fry pan. just dip the large end of the cone in the glue and stick on wreath. it goes fast and much easier than a glue gun. Sticks better because there is more glue spread on the cone.

    • It's me Faith
      on Nov 30, 2017

      Wonder if one of those small electric infuser pots would work....

    • Susan
      on Nov 30, 2017

      yeah - hot glue is hot glue... the bigger gun takes less reloading tho

  • Linda Cuz-Blackburn
    on Nov 30, 2017

    Did you just glue the pinecones to eachother or did you use a frame to glue them to.
    • Laurie Marsh
      on Nov 30, 2017

      She used a grape vine wreath you can even get them at the dollar store hope this helps.
    • DeeDee
      on Nov 30, 2017

      Hi there! I used an 18" grapevine wreath and glued the pinecones to that.
  • Annetta
    on Nov 30, 2017

    Did you use the high heat glue gun and sticks or low heat?
    • DeeDee
      on Nov 30, 2017

      Hi Annetta! My gun does both high and low heat....and I used both, it just depended on what I was doing. If I was gluing the cone to the wreath, I used high heat because I needed lots of glue. If I was gluing one cone to another, I used low heat so it would cool faster. I hope that helps! :)
  • Linda Premo
    on Dec 1, 2017

    Your wreath is very pretty!!!! Have you ever tried spritzing your pine cones with cinnamon oil so your guests will be greeted with a warm holiday scent? Or vanilla, pine, or whatever you prefer😁☃️🎄
    • DeeDee
      on Dec 1, 2017

      Hi Linda! I have not, but I will now! Thank you! :)

  • Barb Munday
    on Dec 3, 2017

    What is a grapevine wreath?
  • Debra
    on Dec 8, 2017

    can you attach the pine cones any other way than glue gun? maybe tie on with string or picture frame wire
    • DeeDee
      on Dec 8, 2017

      Hi Debra! Yes you can try either of those ways. I just used the glue gun because it was the easiest way I thought I could make the wreath in a quicker time! Good luck with yours! :)

    • Shelly Hoff Benfield
      on Dec 10, 2017

      Florist wire would be a way also

    • Debra
      on Dec 11, 2017

      Thank you for replying... wire!...that's interesting, thanks Shelly
  • Kena Waggoner
    on Dec 15, 2017

    Will this hold up out in the weather? Or should I use another method to hold it all together? My mom loved pine cones and I'm thinking of making one for her graveside.
    • DeeDee
      on Dec 15, 2017

      Hi Kena! What a great idea! I don't think this one would hold up to the elements. You may try wiring each pine cone on to the wreath and using a paint for exterior surfaces. Good luck!

    • What glue do you think should hold up in cold weather? I'm wondering whether ordinary glue stick would stand up to east coast winters

  • Vicky Corey
    on Dec 17, 2017

    DeeDee, this wreath is beautiful and it looks awesome on your door!! Do you have a blog or something where I can get your updates regularly? I would love too. Everything of yours I've seen so far I am really enjoying! Thanks for sharing!
  • Sharon Parsley
    on Dec 23, 2017

    This is so beautifu! Do you store yours from Fall to Fall?
    • DeeDee
      on Dec 24, 2017

      Hi Sharon! Thanks so very much! Yes, I have many wreaths and when I'm not using them I just put a trash bag over them to keep the dust off. Some I can stack up in top of my closet and others have to be hung this one.

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  • 169756
    on Dec 19, 2017

    This isn't necessarily a holiday wreath. It is gorgeous. Love the colors chosen.
    • DeeDee
      on Dec 20, 2017

      Hi Kathleen! Thanks so much and I agree, but that's what I was originally going for so that's what I named it. Haha! I'll be leaving it up all Winter I'm sure. :)

  • Sassy
    on Mar 9, 2019

    Very using pinecones in wreaths. I mix pinecones in my xmas wreaths for the gravesite. I wire them in and they hold up very well. I've glitter

    sprayed them but I will try you paint idea for home.

    • DeeDee
      on Mar 10, 2019

      Thanks so much! Its a lot of work, but well worth it in the end! :)

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