Don’t you just hate it when you can’t find something!?! You packed it up last year and stored it in a place that you just knew you’d be able to find it when you needed it next. But you just can’t find it no matter where you look?!
Well that was the story of my life last week…I searched my house from top to bottom trying to find the adorable pinecone garland I made last fall that hung on our mantel (the same one featured on our BLEND homepage). It’s my favorite fall decoration…but I couldn’t find it ANYWHERE! I spent two whole hours…seriously two whole hours straight looking for it last Sunday. It was nowhere to be found…and to be honest, I’m still obsessively looking for it on a daily basis hoping it will just turn up in a drawer that I’ve already checked five times!
Well…I knew in the amount of time I spent looking for it I could’ve probably made several more. So I finally conceded to the fact that it’s not to be found and I did just that…made a new one. Thankfully, I have plenty more pincecones in my stash. And yes, I have a stash of these small pinecones! I gather up them every time we go to my parents’ lake house because they are so stinkin’ cute and are so craft-friendly. I’ve got a few other ideas brewing of how to use them, but that’s for another day, another post!
So since I had to make another pinecone garland, I thought I’d share the process with you in case you might want to make one of your own this fall. It’s really simple and hardly costs anything to make. And for those of you who don’t think that you’re crafty…I’m confident that you can so do this! Really…it’s really straightforward and very little creativity is required! So here it goes…
Supplies Needed for Your Pinecone Garland
- Burlap or jute ribbon
- 1/2” cup hooks…as many as you have pinecones
- Mini pinecones – the # depends on how long you need your garland to be and the preferred spacing of your pinecones.
- If you can’t find these little pinecones in your backyard…grab a bag and go take a walk in your neighborhood or a hike at a local trail. You’ll likely not only find what you’re looking for, but many other treasures along the way.
- But if you still strike out, you can buy some here.
- 2 3/4″ cup hooks or 2 finishing nails to hang your garland
Instructions for Your Pinecone Garland
- The first thing you do is cut your ribbon. I cut mine about 10 ft long…but your length will depend on where you’re hanging yours and how much excess you want dangling down on either end. It’s better to initially have too much ribbon than too little…since you can always trim it down if you need to. I like having quite a bit of ribbon hanging on the sides so I cut mine longer. But it’s totally a personal preference. I’m hanging mine on our fireplace mantel…which is a pretty standard size (about 6.5′ wide). But if you want to hang it in a window or somewhere else, your measurement will likely be different.
- Next you need to prepare your pinecones. I’m using 15 for my garland…but regardless, I recommend using an odd number so that you’ll have a pinecone hanging in the center of your garland and an even number hanging on either side.
- First, use gardening clippers to cut off any twig or twig stump as close as you can to the pinecone. It doesn’t have to be completely flush, but you just don’t want a large nub sticking out.
- Then you will screw the hooks into the flat end of your pinecones.
- Find the flattest part in the center of the base, as close as you can to the twig nub, but not on top of it. You want to make sure that you are screwing into the thickest, most solid part of the pinecone.
- I find it easiest to cradle the whole pinecone in my left hand (I’m right-handed), holding it firmly yet gently…and then use my right hand to screw the hook in. I find it helps to turn the pinecone toward me as I turn the screw away from me while putting pressure from both sides.
- Generally the pinecones are pretty tender…so once you get the initial hole started it’s easy to screw it in. Getting it started is the hardest part.
- Now some pinecones can be a bit stubborn…harder to manage and bit more brittle. So f you’re working with one of those, just set it aside and move onto another.
- Once you have all the hooks screwed into your pinecones, you will want to turn them so that the curve of the hook is pointing away from the most attractive side of the pinecone.
- This will allow you to hook your pinecones into your ribbon with the best side facing out.
- Even pinecones that have blemishes on one side can still be used…since you can hang the ugly side pointing toward back.
- With all your pinecones ready and waiting to be hung, now it’s time to hang your ribbon…
- We already have larger cup hooks hung under our mantel for where we hang our stockings each Christmas and we leave them up all year since they are pretty much hidden. So I just hung my garland on the farthest 2 hooks.
- But if you don’t already have hooks in place, simply just screw some in…our farthest hooks are about 6 or so inches from the ends of our mantel. You can either keep your hooks there for other seasonal displays or remove and store them with your garland (in a place that you’ll remember!!!) to use next fall.
- If you’re hanging your garland in a window…just use two finishing nails nailed to the top of the molding.
- The actual hanging of your garland may take a bit of trial or error…
- Leaving about 2-2.5′ of ribbon hanging off the end, tie a simple knot around one of the hooks.
- Take the other end of the ribbon and with it threaded through the other hook raise it so that it hangs down as far down as want it to in then center. Then tie a simple knot around that hook.
- Now step back and see how it looks. You will most likely have to play with it a little bit…shortening or lengthening it on each side to make the garland hang how you want it to.
- Then cut the ribbon so that there’s a the same amount of ribbon hanging on each side.
- Now that you have hung your ribbon, now it’s time to hang your pinecones…
- Find the center of the ribbon and hang your first pinecone. Simply take the cup hook that’s on the end of your pinecone and put it through the center of the ribbon…easy-peasy!
- All that’s left is to hang the rest of the pinecones…one to the left and one to the right of the center pinecone…equidistant apart. I hung mine about 4.5” apart, but you can totally eyeball this.
- Keep adding pinecones in this manner until you reach the ends of the garland.
- Once all your pinecones are hung, step back to see how things look…then make whatever adjustments you need:
- If the spacing or sizes of your pinecones looks a bit wonky, simply take them out and move them around…it’s so easy to do.
- You may also want to raise or lower your garland…which again is so easy…untying and tying your knots.
That’s it…you’re done!
One of the wonderful things about this type of craft project is that it’s what we like to call…perfectly imperfect. The pincecones’ sizes and shapes don’t have to be exact and neither does the spacing between pinecones . The beauty is in the variety. So enjoy the freedom of that!
So there you have it…a pinecone garland! One beautiful way to redeem a pinecone that has fallen off a tree and blending it into your home to give it new life! How awesome is that for redeeming your ground!
Take care and enjoy your fall,