Pine Cone Candle Wreath

6 Materials
2 Hours
Using all natural materials to make a candle ring for a rustic decoration. It can also be the base for additional decorative uses, placing treasured objects in the center for display, such as holiday ornaments.
Use a stiff brush to knock off any bark that is loose, and all the dirt in the crevasses.
Using a foam brush, I put on three coats on both sides, making sure to get all the bark well covered. Allow the wood slices to dry thoroughly.  If you don't have a tree to cut up, these are available online and at a couple of the big box craft supply stores.
The pine cones were chosen by how solid the base appeared. Any stem remaining was cut off with plier cutters.
Six pine cones made a nice ring around the edge of the wood slice. Use the number that fills in the space on your wood slice, may vary depending on the size of your base and the size of the pine cones.
 Once all the pine cones were attached with hot glue, the spaces between were filled in with sweet gum balls and acorns. To make it easier for the sweet gum balls to be attached with hot glue, I trimmed off part of one side with scissors.
All done, and ready for display. Add a candle in any color you choose - as commenters have noted, it would be best to use one in a glass container and always be watchful of open flames. Better yet, use a battery operated one.
Use a votive holder in seasonal colors or holiday cheer. Or you could fill with Christmas ornaments, or a treasured figurine. Enjoy!!
Suggested materials:
  • Wood slices   (back yard)
  • Pine cones   (back yard)
  • Acorns   (back yard)
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Carole | From My Carolina Home
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  • Ca Wright Ca Wright on Jul 16, 2017
    If you collected the pine cones, did you put them into a 245 degree oven (on foil) to kill any bugs in the cones? You can't see them, but if collected from outdoors they are there.

  • Ca Wright Ca Wright on Jul 16, 2017
    Love it. Have you done wreaths with cones? I hope if you collected them, you put them in a 245 degree oven first (on foil) for at least a hour kills bug as pine weevils. I learned the hard way. I lived in Pine Cone country and I should have known to do that.

  • Rena Litton Brown Rena Litton Brown on Jul 26, 2017
    Did you put varnish on the pine cones as well?

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  • Lisarae Lisarae on Aug 04, 2017
    Absolutely love this and will make. We call sweet gum itchy balls LOL

  • Carey Carey on Aug 04, 2017
    Years ago while in college, I collected some pine cones that looked like roses. They were extremely pretty and I kept a dishpan full of them for various crafts. I used some old vinyl records, put one over a shallow dish (a pie plate worked well) then placed them in the oven at a low temperature and watched while the edges melted enough to ruffle then removed and allowed to cool. BE SURE TO STAY AND WATCH THIS PROCESS AS IT HAPPENS QUITE QUICKLY ONCE IT STARTS AND IF LEFT TO LONG WILL DESTROY PROJECT! This made a wonderful base for my table centerpiece. I painted them with spray paint, of Copper, gold or bronze. On the bottom, I put a circle of felt so that it was finished. A coffee filter could be used for a pattern for the circle and placed in the center prior to painting will leave an unpainted placement for the felt. This gives good surface to glue the felt. In the Center of the top, I placed a painted jar lid as a base for my chimney (found at a second hand store) and hot glued it in place. I used the rose shaped cones, some regular cones, and chestnuts and hot glued them in place. After everything was glued into place, I used a spray polyurethane to spray the entire project. It gave a nice shine to the project and were fun gifts. 50 years later, I still have one of the centerpieces. LOL
    Tip: put the chimney into the lid while placing the cones into the centerpiece. The makes sure that there will be room for the chimney when finished. I found that it was really easy to place them to close to the center and then have to redo or find another chimney.
    A friend recently suggested using tile adhesive to hold the cones and chestnuts. The hot glue did after time sometimes release, so for a more permanent adhesion that might work better.