DIY Pine Cone Garland

December 2nd, 2009

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My mother in law, Marilyn, had this idea last year but I never had the time to make one. I had completely forgotten about it until last week when I saw (and smelled) those cinnamon scented pine cones that pop up this time of year. Well I bought a bag of them and the rest of the materials on the spot and I’m just thrilled with how it turned out! It was so easy to do and now the house smells like cinnamon! See below for instructions on how to make your own!

Also, I spotted this door decoration that uses the same materials that would make a lovely companion to the garland. Instead of stringing the pine cones to the ribbon simply tie a ribbon to each hook then tie all the ribbons at the top and hang!

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What You’ll Need:
Pine Cones
Ribbon
Screw Hooks
Hole Punch
Scissors

Instructions:
1. Begin by measuring your mantel or space that you’d like to hang your garland and cut your ribbon. Remember to leave extra for hanging. Once you’ve determined the length, space your pine cones out as you like on a flat surface. The pine cones I used were fairly large so I kept about 4 inches between each one. On the back of the ribbon discreetly mark where each pine cone will go, then punch a hole with a small craft punch. I used an 1/8″ round circle punch like this one.

2. Once you know how many pine cones you’ll need, screw in one screw hook into the top of each pine cone. This takes a little practice and you may need a little elbow grease but once you get the hang of it it goes pretty quickly.

3. Poke each hook through the hole you’ve made in the ribbon and hang! Easy as pie and something that will last for seasons to come!

39 Responses to “DIY Pine Cone Garland”

  1. Rebecca Says:

    Brilliant! I love it.
    I think it would look cute on my staircase too.

  2. kate Says:

    what a wonderful idea! so beautiful… thanks!

  3. Down and Out Chic Says:

    what a great, affordable idea! love this!

  4. Jane Flanagan Says:

    So pretty and simple and chic!

  5. Erin Says:

    So lovely! I just made a coffee filter garland last night.. Hmm wonder if I did this as well, would it be too much? I just love it!

    xo.

  6. Bekka Says:

    I LOVE it! What a great idea!
    I have some pinecones that I spray-painted silver last year and used as tree ornaments (with the same kind of hooks). I bet I could use those for a silvery variation of your idea!

  7. Rachel (heart of light) Says:

    So lovely! It’s perfectly simple and classy looking.

  8. Lindsey Says:

    I just love this-what a great idea! I may have to try this sooner or later.

    { Lindsey }
    http://greatfullday.blogspot.com

  9. Dee Wilcox Says:

    I made one of these today! :) Thanks for the great idea and easy tutorial.

  10. Jessica Says:

    This is too cute – thanks!

  11. emily @ the daily smudge Says:

    beautiful…. love them! now just need to go on a pinecone hunt!

  12. {this is glamorous} Says:

    adore this! just so, so lovely.

  13. Jody Says:

    I love natural decorating and this is really terrific. Thank you for sharing the how-to’s of it!

    Jody

  14. Deborah Says:

    This is so pretty! May I post about it and link to your blog on my blog?

  15. Kathleen Says:

    Absolutely Deborah, always appreciate a little blog love. Thanks and enjoy!

  16. Elizabeth Says:

    Happened upon your site one day last week, saw this post and had to do it! Thank you for the simple holiday inspiration. http://lombardifamily.typepad.com/lombardi_family/2009/12/holiday-crafts.html
    Merry Christmas!

  17. Lillian Says:

    I’d love to show some blog love as well – this is too cute not to share!

  18. joanna goddard Says:

    i love this, so wonderful!

  19. Andrea, {Gwyneth Paige Couture Letterpress} Says:

    Great post!! We reposted with links today: http://gwynethpaige.blogspot.com/2009/12/diy-pine-cone-garland.html

    Thank you for the great tutorial! I cannot wait to make mine with my son this weekend!

  20. Rachel Says:

    This is so pretty! Thanks so much for the directions, I’ll be linking to this.

  21. Katy & Pie Bird Says:

    Love this! I will have to incorporate it next year! Thanks :)

  22. Mary Lou Says:

    This is such a great idea! So simple! I did a listing of interesting posts on my blog, and linked to it. Thanks for posting this.
    Mary Lou

  23. The Magic Onions Says:

    Looks so pretty! I’m hoping you’ll share on Friday’s Nature Table. Pop on over to my blog to post a link.
    Blessings and magic.
    Donni

  24. kaylovesvintage Says:

    wonderful idea
    less is more

  25. Someday Crafts Says:

    This is absolutely wonderful and wintery. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com Grab my “featured” button.

  26. Meagan Says:

    This is so pretty and simple! I immediately went out and bought pine cones. I don’t even have a mantel but I’m going to make it work somewhere!

  27. Amanda Says:

    I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :)

    Your feature will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page and can be found directly here
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/6-pretty-pinecone-projects/

    If you would like a “featured by” button, you can grab one here!
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  28. Chiot's Run Says:

    LOVE this idea, I love using pinecones and I usually just wire them into my fresh pine garland. I must make some of this for my house – now off to find some pine cones.

  29. Amanda Says:

    Great job! I featured this today on my blog – Today’s Top 20! Feel free to stop by and grab a button!

    Amanda
    todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

  30. Gooseberry Patch Says:

    Love this idea…so simple and pretty! We’re linking to this post today: http://gooseberrypatch.typepad.com/blog/2011/01/lgc-fir-snowflakes-pinecone-ice-orns.html

  31. kathy t Says:

    Saw your post over on the Happy Tulip -this is so pretty. Thanks for sharing

  32. Valerie Kilpatrick Says:

    Thanks! I really enjoyed this clever DIY because it is such a lovely simple design.Simplicity is why I know I can do it! And it why I like the way it looks. I prefer the simple over the fussier look. Have a great evening!
    –Valerie

  33. Renae Says:

    Made one of these today! Pictures up on my blog. Thanks for the great idea!

  34. Dana @ Cooking At Cafe D Says:

    Too cute!

    I just pinned your lovely garland on Pinterest so the word can get out!

    http://pinterest.com/pin/325364088/

    All the best,
    Dana @ Cooking At Cafe D
    “31 Days – 31 Minutes to a More Organized Life!”

  35. JILL Says:

    I collected my pinecones day before yesterday, to make a wreath! I can also make this! Thanks for the great idea! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  36. Shelley Says:

    Someone on Etsy has pinched all your pictures! :(

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/59145002/pinecone-garland-6-ft-mantle-decoration

  37. DebLeavelle Says:

    I made about…40 feet of these…..and I sure wish I’d have thought of the cup hook things!!!…I tied twine through my pine cones…and then tied THEM…onto a long…long….lonnng piece of twine…and hung them the lenghth of my home…..a LOT more work that these…and not as pretty….:\

  38. DebLeavelle Says:

    on the plus side?….my cones were free…so I didn’t spen a penny on mine….

  39. Donna Sharples Says:

    I made this garland but I used heavy fishing line so it looks like the cones are just suspended in air….I also made it for my daughter but put white glue and glitter on the tops only so they look snow covered….great idea for curtain tiebacks and above windows….