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DIY Giant Pine Cone Garland

This giant pine cone garland is a beautiful DIY to add to your holiday or Christmas home decor! It’s perfect as a mantle decoration, table runner, centerpiece, or garland for your porch. Read on for this Christmas craft idea!

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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 pine cone hunting expedition for me, up near our family cabin. I was expecting him to come back with your average, run-of-the-mill pine cones. But he came back with the biggest pine cones I’ve ever seen. Like, ever.

So I strung them together into a giant pine cone garland. You don’t necessarily need the big ones, but if you have ’em, you might as well use ’em.

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How To Make a DIY Pine cone Garland

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour

  1. Start by drilling a starter hole into the top of a pine cone. Then insert the eye screw into the drilled hole.
  2. Cut about 2 feet of bead thread and wrap it around the bottom few scales of another pine cone. 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.
  3. Thread the long end through the eye of the screw in the first pine cone. Then pull it taut and wrap back around the second pine cone, over the place you previously wrapped it. Ensuring that the thread stays taut, tie off with another double knot and snip the ends.
  4. Now that you have two pine cones strung together, repeat the process and make your garland as long as you like!
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Tips for Creating a Pine Cone Garland with Smaller Cones

A few tips if you’re using smaller pine cones! First, you can probably skip the eye screws. The eye screws really help if your pine cones are particularly large or heavy.

But feel it out with what you have — you might not need them depending on the pine cones you’re using. You might be able to just use the tying technique from Step 2 on both ends of your pine cone to attach them to one another and create your pine cone garland.

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. You can 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.

Finally, my dad gave me the expert advice that if you need to get pitch from the pine cones off of your hands, a little WD-40 does the trick. Who knew? Have fun! xoxo

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Yield: Pine Cone Garland

How to Make a Pine Cone Garland

How to Make a Pine Cone Garland

This oversized pine cone garland is such an easy and lovely piece of holiday decor!

Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Intermediate
Estimated Cost $10

Materials

  • pine cones
  • eye screws
  • strong clear thread

Tools

  • drill

Instructions

    1. Start by drilling a starter hole into the top of a pine cone. Then insert the eye screw into the drilled hole.
    2. Cut about 2 feet of bead thread and wrap it around the bottom few scales of another pine cone. 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.
    3. Thread the long end through the eye of the screw in the first pine cone. Then pull it taut and wrap back around the second pine cone, over the place you previously wrapped it. Ensuring that the thread stays taut, tie off with another double knot and snip the ends.
    4. Now that you have two pine cones strung together, repeat the process and make your garland as long as you like!

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21 thoughts on “DIY Giant Pine Cone Garland

  1. me encanta la idea! es genial! lo apunto para el año que viene!
    un beso desde Barcelona!
    Blog En pie de Guerra

  2. Oh my gosh. This is beautiful. I have no idea where I’m going to find oversized pinecones but I better start looking.

  3. Love me some giant pinecones! There’s this house by the beach where we live that has tons of giant pinecones in their yard that they have not picked up, and every time we walk by I’m tempted to “clean up the yard” for them!

  4. I put mine in the oven at 225 for 20-30 minutes. The unopened ones magically open, most of the sticky stuff (no idea whats the word for that in english!) melt away and it kills bugs that might be hiding in the cones.

    Still, I had never seen such big pinecones!! The result is amazing!!

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  10. I wonder if you have a really long drill bit you can just drill straight up through the middle of each cone then thread them on to a cord or twine dispensing with the need for the eye screws and also a lot quicker to make. You could also intersperse them with burlap leave or flowers. I’m going to have a go see if it can be done. I’m also going to bleach some of the cones as they look really lovely like driftwood colour. Maybe I’ll paint some of others in soft neutral shades so they look a bit shabby chic-ish. I’ll post on PINTEREST if it works.

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  12. I have gottten huge pinecones like that in North Carolina before. I went there to spend Thanksgiving with my niece one year. She had to go to the bank and as I was waiting for her I noticed these huge pinecones all over the ground. So I got out of the car and started picking them up. She came out of the bank and was laughing at me. She said what are you doing?? I said I have never seen such big beautiful pinecones in my life. I said do you think they care if I take them?? She said they will just have to pay someone to come here and clean them up and take them to the dump. So before I left to go home I filled a very large box full of them to bring back to Maine with me. I had drove down there from Maine.I made so many beautiful things out of those pinecones. She doesn’t live there any longer. But I wish I knew someone who did. I would get them to mail me a big box of them. Of course I would pay for the shipping.

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