Are your halls decked? If you need a little extra something to holiday-ify your house, here’s a little project with a big wow factor. My dad recently went on a pinecone hunting expedition for me, up near our family’s cabin. I was expecting him to come back with your average, run-of-the-mill pinecones. But he came back with the biggest pinecones I’ve ever seen. Like, ever. So I strung them together into a giant pinecone garland. You don’t necessarily need the big ones, but if you have ’em, you might as well use ’em.
- oversized pinecones
- drill with small bit
- eye screws
- strong, clear, non-stretch bead thread (I like Fire Line)
Make Time: 1 Hour
Start by drilling a starter hole into the top of a pinecone. Insert the eye screw into the drilled hole.
Cut about 2 feet of bead thread and wrap it around the bottom few scales of another pinecone. Wrap tightly and secure with a double knot, leaving a tail of a few inches on one end and the rest of the thread on the other.
Thread the long end through the eye of the screw in the first pinecone. Then pull it taut and wrap back around the second pinecone, over the place you previously wrapped it. Ensuring that the thread stays taut, tie off with another double knot and snip the ends.
Now that you have two pinecones strung together, repeat the process and make your garland as long as you like!
I can’t get enough of this thing, and I’m already planning how to store it so I can bring it out again next year. If you’re planning on hanging it, just be sure that you hang from something that can support its weight, as it can get a little heavy. Also, my dad gave me the expert advice that if you need to get pitch from the pineconese off of your hands, a little WD-40 does the trick. Who knew? Have fun! xoxo
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