Ponderosa Pine Cone Wreath

This is a gorgeous wreath I found in the Great American Wreaths: The Best of Martha Stewart Livingcollection based on the Montana Ponderosa Pine Cone wreath. 
This wreath is an easy project that took about 3 hours.  In the book, she recommended reshaping the wire wreath into teardrop shape – these directions don’t have that added step.  I would recommend this for older kids maybe around 8 and up.  It’s fairly cheap depending on where you get the pine cones (I paid $4 a bag) and still less than $20 for the entire project.  I bought the cinnamon ones at the grocery store so it was a bit easier and more expensive.  This one, I love!  It’s easy, smells great, is worth the time and expense to do!

Ingredients:

  • 3 bags of cinnamon smelling Ponderosa Pine Cones (or approx 40 cones)
  • 18″ wire wreath frame
  • Floral Wire (1 rolls)
  • Ribbon 2′
  • Jewelry wire cutters (or old nail clippers)
  • Jewelry needle nose pliers (optional)
  • Glue gun + glue (optional)

Time:
Approx 3-5 hours

1.  Collect the pine cones.  For the 18″ frame, I needed about 40 pine cones.

  • If you have an ample supply of pine cones, you can use those and spray a mixture of 1-2 drops of essential oil in a bottle filled with water on the cones.   
Pine cone after floral wire twisted
2.  Prepare the cones.  Cut approximately 12″ of wire and wrap it around the base of the cone.   
  • This is easier if you cut about 20 pieces of wire and prepare 20 pine cones, attach them to the wire wreath and then repeat until finished.  You can certainly do this one cone at a time if that’s what you are comfortable with though.
  • You’ll see that the base of the cone has a natural swirl to it.  Locate the middle of the wire and and press it into the cone near the base (I found about 2 down worked well) and take one end and swirl it around the cone until you come to the very base.  Repeat for the other side so that the wire has two ends coming out of the base.  

Getting ready to attach to wire wreath
3.  Attach the pine cone to the wire wreath and twist the wire 3x.  Then, grab one end and twist it 3x around the wire wreath.  Next, grab the other end and twist it 3x around the wire wreath.
  • Try to organize the pine cones so that they almost T the wire frame.  The best way to get them on is to attach the first one firmly at one of the cross bars and then snuggle the next pine cone in and then attach it.  The goal is to minimize the amount of wire frame that will peek through. 

4. Once you’ve attached all the pine cones, you’ll need to flip the wreath over and adjust specific ones that have “fallen out” so that the cones cover the wire frame.   Next, turn the wreath so that you can find the natural place to put the ribbon.    

Cones attached to wire wreath

5.  Take the ribbon and push it through the top wire of the wreath and double knot first then tie ribbon into a bow.  In my picture, I used two ribbons to add some flair. 

6.  Optional Step for Stability:  Heat up the glue gun.  In a spacious area, flip over the wreath again.  When the glue is ready, add a dab of glue where the pine cone is wired to the wreath.

7. Hang where desired!

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