Day 30: Homemade Pine Cone Garland

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I created the easiest garland ever.  It’s simple.  It’s a snap to store.  It’s interchangeable for seasons and color schemes.

I love it.  I found the idea on Pinterest here.

All that I needed to pick up were some of the cup hooks.  I found mine at Target.  The shiny chrome finish of the hooks adds an interesting element to the otherwise rustic/country decor of this craft.  I love the balance that each of the textures of the items provide.

I’ve had the pine cones for years now.  I usually display them in a willow basket or this year, in chrome containers ($1.50 each…Pottery Barn was switching out their storage display container to baskets and just wanted them gone).

I simply screwed my hooks into the base of the pine cones.  Some of them went in easily and others regardless of where I started the screw, I could not get in.  It does work, just be patient and keep trying different pine cones.

The ribbon was left over from my pumpkin wreath craft from earlier this month.  I would have loved to use actual burlap ribbon for this craft (well, both of them for that matter), but I could not find any at my craft store.  The brown ribbon has a similar texture to burlap, so it worked.

The original source had a fancy 1/8 inch hole punch which I did not have, nor did I purchase.  The open weave of the ribbon allowed me to pierce the ribbon to make the “weave hole” a tad larger for my hook.  I grabbed something handy to do the hole-poking.  A pencil.  As a homeschooling mama, pencils are constantly scattered throughout our home.  The ol’ No. 2 got the job done.  No fancy hole punch necessary.

In keeping with the “using what’s handy” theme, check out my measuring instrument.

Pretty snazzy, huh?

I slowly worked my way down the ribbon, pencil-poking and pencil-measuring as I went.  My pine cones were spaced 6 inches apart (since my pine cones were large).  I ended up with an adorable garland made with ten pine cones.

I used another handy item, a clear push pin, to hang my garland from the underside of our mantle.  So simple.

There are so many variations possible with this craft that my mind is spinning.  You could spray paint, dust with glitter, or spray snow on the pine cones.  Or alternate the ribbon for seasons, use leaves, ornaments, snowflakes, etc. to change out the look.

Entire craft time was less than ten minutes from in the bag to on the mantle.  I love it.

So what do you think?  How do you think I should change it for Christmas?  Help me decide.  Share.

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9 thoughts on “Day 30: Homemade Pine Cone Garland

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    1. heather Post author

      Thanks, Jeanette. I love it too. And it’s so easy and versatile to make!

      I appreciate you taking the time to stop by Thrifty Stories. Have a great day.

      Warmly,
      Heather

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        1. heather Post author

          The pine cones are so versatile with the hooks on them. I reused them for my Christmas decor. 🙂 Thanks for linking back to me.

          Hope that you had a wonderful holiday. 🙂

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