Friday, October 2, 2009

tutorial: pine cone wreath (and guest blogging)


beautify your home for the fall season with this super cheap and easy wreath, that looks like a million bucks!

oh now see i told you i was going to do a craft with all those pine cones.
and here it is.
but guess what...i got to rule over at U-Create for the day as a guest blogger. so go and saunter on over there to see this tutorial and while you are there make sure you tell her how much you love it. i promise this one won't disappoint.
know how i know?
when i finish a project i usually show mr v and co. and usually he's like "that's nice dear." but this time he was all like "whoa, that's pretty cool!"
yup.
there you have it.

edited: here's the instructions as seen on U-Create. if you make this craft make sure you enter it into the flicker group!

what you will need:

a styrofoam wreath.
i bought two sizes.
for this wreath i used the larger of the two. but either one will work. (if your pine cones are big you will want to definitely use a bigger wreath)
a bag full of small pine cones (we, as a family were in the woods. while my husband cut fire wood, the kids and i gathered these pine cones off the ground.)
brown spray paint, lightly spray paint your styrofoam wreath. you don't need to douse it, you just want to lightly cover it so no white shows through.
now you are going to grab your pine cone and dab a little bit of hot glue to the bottom of it.
place in the middle of your styrofoam wreath.
okay we are off to a good start!
line up how ever many pine cones across the top of your wreath, my magic # was three.
(sorry about the blur)
okay here's an important instruction.
notice how i nestled the next row up in between the first row?
this is going to help cover up most of your wreath.
*let me mention that it would be good to add a little extra glue in between the pine cones so that they connect and stay together and make the wreath that much sturdier.
see where i'm going with this?
basically this is the recipe for the whole wreath.
as you keep adding pine cones you are going to come to the edge of your wreath. i made sure that there wasn't any corner that was bare. that meant going on the corner with some of my pine cones.
as you continue the process you will get a hint of what the final product is going to look like.
oh are you tired? keep going you're still not done.
see this is going to take a little while but...
it's so worth it when you are done! look how fantabulous it looks!
to get a feel as to how much one of these would cost i went online and i found a range of them from $59 to $110.
um... mine cost $4.25 plus spray paint i had and an afternoon with my kids picking up pine cones. yeah, i think i like my price better.
the "ribbon" was two strips of fabric(that way it makes it long enough to hang on a mirror) cut to 5 1/2 inches in width. i tied them in a knot and hid the knot behind the wreath and made a big loose knot on top of a tight knot so you can hang it off a nail either behind the mirror or right on top of the mirror. :)

yes sorry a filler post...i'm swamped over here with "things i'm working on, and getting out to places" which will be made known to you soon enough but for now...thanks for understanding! ;)
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41 comments:

Blue Is Bleu said...

I love it! The green ribbon just makes it, I think. I love how inexpensive this project is... you're right, wreaths can cost quite a bit if you buy them.

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Beautiful! I love it! It's so easy and yet so sophisticated. I featured it at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com Grab my "featured" button.

Sherri S said...

It is GORGEOUS! I love the ribbon. The photo is even amazing. PERFECT spot for her.

Erica said...

Awesome job! Your photo is something you would see in like 'Pottery Barn' :) I'm gonna get me some pine cones!!!

KellyH said...

I LOVE THIS. Not sure I can find that many Pine Cones.......darn

Cheryl said...

I love simple textural wreaths like this. Off to check out the tutorial.
Enjoy baking and relaxing some yourself this weekend.
Thanks for sharing another great tutorial with us V.

simplymodernmom said...

That is adorable. I'm usually not into pinecone decors. But that's is really cute. I'll have to try that.

Kari @ Ucreate said...

Vanessa,
You are so brilliantly creative!! I'm sure everyone who sees this will want to make it because it is so beautiful and PERFECT for Fall. I'm sooo excited to have you on Ucreate!!

Thank you again!

Ashlee said...

This is just perfect! I wish we had pinecones here in Austin. I might have to (gasp) buy some to make one of these!

Teresa said...

I checked it out- fabulous- Now I'm going hunting for pine cones.
Happy Day

vigues said...

Good thing we didn't chop down our pine tree like I wanted to...

Tasha said...

That is beyond awesome!! Seriously, I am off to look at the tutorial. Too bad we cut down our pine trees. I could have used those pinecones now. I guess we will have to go up to the mountains and collect some. You are amazing. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I love your blog and love all you do and share with all of us. Thank you.

Rachel said...

Holy Crap I love it!!! Your are my crafting guru!!! Hope Miss K's Birthday was a good one!

Rachel

ps. sorry I said crap on your blog... Crap I just said it again!
;)

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

Headin' on over! Can you send some of your pinecones through the internet? I love your photo above...wreath made and everything looking perfect! I love when I take a pic and the rest of the room is a mess! Oh, that's just me, right?
~Nancy

Melissa said...

okay.. totally FAB!!!.. and genious to paint the foam brown first!

Kara@ Creations by Kara said...

I checked out your tutorial and I just adore that wreath! Thanks so much for sharing, I can't wait to make one. Hopefully I can finish it before Christmas. ;)

HomageBlog said...

Perfect! I'm trying to figure out where I can hang one..... ~K

Wendy said...

So cute!

Lisa B. said...

I've always wanted to make a pine cone wreath!! I LOVE yours!! Off to check out your tutorial, thanks!!!

Lisa B.

{ L } said...

Wow! That is a gorgeous wreath and surroundings too. I'm so happy to have found your blog. It is full of beauty and ideas.

By the way, I’m doing my first giveaway on my blog if you’re interested!

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Kellie said...

Ohhhhh Wow! Love it!

Heather at Happy Chippy Junk said...

Darling!! I love the "ribbon" almost as much as the wreath!! I can only guess how many glue gun burns you got!! Ouch!

Mimi Sue said...

Love that wreath. Love that it's hung by that ribbon. Love that it's hung over that mirror. Mimi

Lacie @ Creative Attempts said...

everything you do is amazing i am now a follower

Amanda said...

I love this! I had pinecones in my backyard, but I think they might be too big. I'll be on the lookout for smaller ones.

I added a photo to your flickr. I made a Halloween banner and hung it on my Hoosier cabinet. I blogged about it today if you want to click over and see!

vivi said...

hi, v
your wreath is pretty, it happened to me the same, we use to pick up pine cones, and have lots of them
I made one myself some time ago, I leave you a link in case you want to take a look
http://vivi5sentidos.blogspot.com/2008/09/home.html
big kiss and nice weekend

MIchelle said...

So fetchin' cute! I am totally taking the kids to collect pine comes today! I want one! Thanks!

dana said...

totally beautiful! very festive.

PamperingBeki said...

Love it! Very Martha-ish.

Sheri said...

Oh I miss pinecones. I miss collecting them, I miss the sap, I miss the pinenuts, I miss the huge pines...


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Nishant said...

It's so easy and yet so sophisticated. I featured it at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com Grab my "featured" button.


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I need those red shoes in your header...I really enjoyed looking around your blog! What great ideas!!
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♥ Becca said...

love it! I made a mini pinecone wreath and posted it on my blog
www.holgreen.blogspot.com

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annhovsepian said...

I have been "sitting" on a big box of pine cones collected from our back yard for a couple of years now, not knowing what I wanted to do with them but not able to throw them away either. Thanks for the inspiration. And while it might seem obvious how to make a wreath, your tutorial actually is helpful because I wouldn't have thought of doing it in rows like that. :)

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Lei said...

I especially like the idea of hanging it with a scrap of fabric!

Lizzie said...

Where do I find these types of pine cones? All we have is the big ponderosa pinecones, I am in VA, do you know what type these are? Beautiful!

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Emilia Photography said...

I love it, I will try to make one this weekend!!! Thanks for sharing!
Emilia Osorio

Liz said...

I love this! I have had my eye on it since last year and can't wait to make it. It's so awesome! Thanks for sharing! I will be posting a link on my blog ziggycrafts.blogspot.com Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

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