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.
Make a DIY Pinecone Garland to Add to your Christmas Decor
- oversized pinecones (you can also use regular sized pinecones!)
- drill with small bit
- eye screws
- super strong clear thread (like fishing line)
Make Time: 1 Hour
Step 1: Start by drilling a starter hole into the top of a pinecone. Then insert the eye screw into the drilled hole.
Step 2: 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.
Step 3: 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.
Step 4: Now that you have two pinecones strung together, repeat the process and make your garland as long as you like!
A few tips if you’re using smaller pinecones! First, you can probably skip the eye screws. The eye screws really help if your pinecones are particularly large or heavy. But feel it out with what you have — you might not need them depending on the pinecones you’re using. You might be able to just use the tying technique from Step 2 on both ends of your pinecone to attach them to one another.
Isn’t that beautiful?! It’s such a simple process to put together but the finished product looks really high-end and lush because of the size, scale, and the fact that you can’t really see how they’re attached! If you use the clear fishing line, it also means that the garland will be flexible so that you can adjust it and make it hang the way that you want from all kinds of different places. I think it could look really cool over a doorway!
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