Holiday Ombre Pinecone Wreath

by DeeDee
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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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  • Sharon Parsley Sharon Parsley on Dec 23, 2017
    This is so beautifu! Do you store yours from Fall to Fall?

  • Michelle Michelle on Nov 22, 2020

    It's so hard to get the cones to stick because the surface on pinecones is not flat, nor is the grape wreath full of a decent surface and the tips of the "seeds" are all different! Did you just use massive amounts of the glue or what? It's so frusterating.

  • Cary Cary on Nov 07, 2021

    You have the wreath on the inside of your door. Does that mean you can't hang it outside? It's so pretty that it's a shame not to share it with others.

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  • Katherine Katherine on Dec 11, 2020

    That is fantastic!! Awesome work & imagination. I’m so impressed!!!!😃

    • DeeDee DeeDee on Jan 23, 2021

      Hi Katherine! Aww, thank you so much! :)

  • GeorgiaBulldogsFan GeorgiaBulldogsFan on Feb 01, 2021

    I’ve just found this wreath tonight. I love this look and especially the colors. I love all shades of blue. We have lots of pine cones everyday. So I’ll be doing one of these soon. Great share!