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How to Make a Pinecone Wreath (without wire or glue!)

After taking a half day to make three of these beauties, we’ll be the first to admit it, we’re a little obsessed with making pine cone wreaths. And today we’ll show you how to make a pinecone wreath (just like this one) without the use of any glue or wire. If DIY is not your thing, we have a collection of beautiful pine cones wreaths to buy as well!

Completed pineone wreath hung on a wall with white accessories.

How to Make a Pinecone Wreath on a Wire Frame

For this particular pinecone wreath, we used the pinecones fallen from Eastern white pine trees that grow all over North America as far north as Newfoundland and south as Georgia. Having used them to make these painted pinecone Christmas ornaments last year, they are our favorite type of pine cone to craft with.

Close up image of half of the completed DIY pine cone wreath, showing the details of the Eastern white pinecones.

If you are wanting to make your own Eastern white pine cone wreath, you can check out our Etsy shop where we sell this variety of pinecones along with other varieties as well.

This wreath is so simple to make with just three supplies: a wire wreath form, a pail of water and the pinecones. That’s it! No need for messy hot glue gun or fumbling with floral wire.

We’ll be sharing the video tutorial soon but in the meantime, keep reading to find out how to make your own stunning front door wreath.

Materials Needed for this DIY Pinecone Wreath:

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Materials needed to make a pinecone wreath including a wreath form and pinecones.

How to Make a Pine Cone Wreath (without any wire or glue):

Preparing the Pinecones

The first thing is to make sure your pinecones are clean. If you are purchasing the pinecones from our Etsy shop, then the pinecones are ready and you can quickly get started on your wreath.

However, if you are foraging your own pine cones, then you’ll need to first clean them and bake them. Check out our simple and natural technique for cleaning pinecones here.

Pinecones placed on a baking sheet.

After the pinecones have been cleaned and baked, soak them in a pail of water for 30 minutes. Make sure they are fully submerged in the water. You’ll quickly notice the pinecones will begin to close up making them easy to work with.

Sort the pinecones by size:

  • Largest pinecones for the outer ring
  • Medium sized pinecones for the center ring
  • Sallest sized pinecones for the inner ring
Sorting pinecones around the wreath form based on size.

Making the Pine Cone Wreath

The next step is to arrange the closed pine cones onto your wire wreath form.

Starting with the outer ring and the largest pinecones, insert the bottom of the pinecone between the two outer wires. Push the pine cone to about the 3 or 4th scale on the pinecone and pull it back slightly to lock it in place. As the pinecone dries and opens the scales will wrap themselves around the wire to hold in place.

Inserting two pinecones onto the outside of the wreath wires.

Continue adding more pinecones to the wire frame, working one section at a time. 

Adding more pinecones into the wreath form.

Position the outer and center pinecones so they face outward and then position the pinecones on the inner ring to face straight upward. Use the small and medium pinecones for the inner concentric circle.

Continuing to make a pinecone wreath.

When you get close to the end of the section, squeeze the pinecones over as much as possible and wedge another pinecone inside. 

Adding the last pinecone to the wreath.

Continue all the way around the wire wreath form. 

Finished pinecone wreath.

Drying the Beautiful Pine Cone Wreath

Put the wreath aside and leave it to dry fully for 2-3 days. As they dry, the pinecones will open naturally and wedge themselves to the wire form. If possible, place the wreath in a dry and sunny location to speed up the time it takes to dry fully.

If you plan to hang the wreath outside where it will be exposed to rain and wet weather, we’d suggest spraying it with a water resistant sealer.

And there you go! We hope you’ve enjoyed this easy tutorial for making a beautiful wreath with pine cones in just a few simple steps.

The best part is that you can dress up your lovely wreath with simple embellishments. Use some twine or a red ribbon to give it a festive touch for the holidays. Or paint the tips of the pinecones with white paint, or the whole wreath with some white spray paint for a frosted look for your holiday decor. You could even simply lay your new wreath down as a table centerpiece.

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Pinecone wreath hung on the wall with text overlay.

How to Make a Pinecone Wreath (without wire or glue)

Jane and Sonja
Create a beautiful, natural pinecone wreath without the use of any glue or wire following this simple tutorial.
4.9 from 10 votes

Materials
  

  • wire wreath form 14" diameter
  • Eastern white pinecones approx. 150-175
  • Large Bowl or Pail filled with water

Instructions
 

  • Clean and bake pinecones.
  • Soak pinecones in a pail of water for 30 minutes. The pinecones will close up making them easy to work with.
  • Sort pinecones by size. Use the smaller pinecones for the inner ring and the larger pinecones for the outer two rings.
  • Insert the bottom of one large pinecone between the two outer wires. Push the pinecone to about the 3 or 4th scale on the pinecone and pull it back slightly to lock it in place.
  • Continue adding more pinecones to the wire frame, working one section at a time.
  • When you get close to the end of the section, squeeze the pinecones over as much as possible and wedge another pinecone inside.
  • Continue all the way around the wire wreath form.
  • Leave the wreath to dry fully, pinecones will open naturally over several days.
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Joanne

Monday 18th of October 2021

Just love this wreath. Approximately how many pinecones are needed to make one 24in wreath?

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