Asked on Nov 16, 2019

How do I make a succulent wreath out of pinecones?

Craft InvadersJewellmartinNaomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CA


4 answers
  • Janice
    on Nov 16, 2019

    Hi Dorothy, here's info for creating a beautiful wreath.

  • Jewellmartin
    on Nov 16, 2019

    Gather the pine cones you like, then choose a grapevine or straw wreath form that will show off the cones. Pine cones can be the size of large acorns or the size of large snow globes. Since succulents come in those sizes, too, you can make pretty realistic succulents out of pine cones. Place half the cones in a big pan of water, with an ounce of green liquid food coloring to a gallon of water. Let those cones soak a day or two so they will fully open. Put 1/4 of the cones in a pan of blue water, and 1/4 in a pan of yellow water. Remove the cones from water and dry them on newspapers. Some cones may close, but they will open again. Many succulents are ombré colored and you are half way there so far. If there are cones that have reached a color you like, set them aside for spray sealing with polyurethane. You can use the same pans as before, but this time, pour 1-3” of water in each pan. You can use cheap craft paints to color the water a darker blue, darker green, and red this time. For an ombré look, put the blue cones in blue water, the green in green water, and the yellow cones in the red. You may need to weight the cones down so they will sit up straight in the water, or you can just let them float in any direction. Saran Wrap will probably keep the cones in place. Some of the first color will leach back into the water, but as the cones absorb the colors again, colored veins will occur on some of the petals like blood veins. Remove the cones when you like the look, but at least one day in the water. After the cones are dry again, you can add one more color to their bottoms. This time use bowls, craft paint, and an ounce or two of water in each bowl. Dip each cone, one by one, by their bottoms into the color you like. When the cones dry, wire or glue them to the wreath form displaying the largest cones to show them off, and using the smaller cones to fill in. Use spagam moss to fill in any bare areas. Add a beautiful bow and a wire hanger. Spray all the colored or natural materials with polyurethane so the wreath will last all season. Spagham-I just can’t spell it.

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