At this time of year, my lawn is littered with pine cones. After collecting a huge bag full of pine cones, I browsed Pinterest to get ideas for something to make with them. I kept being drawn to crafts using the base of pine cones to create zinnias. The kids loved them too, especially the beautiful bright colours.
I set to work painting the pine cones with acrylic paint. The girls loved mixing up different colour combinations. In fact, the bright pink and turquoise/teal colour my youngest daughter mixed, were my favourite by far. I love that this was a project that we could do together as a family but that also turned out so beautifully.
You will need
- Pine cones
- Acrylic paint
- A wreath ring (this one was repurposed from a find in a thrift store)
- Fake greenery
- Hot glue gun and/or florist wire
Paint the bottom of a pine cone with acrylic paint and continue to paint to around half way up the cone. Most colours will only require one layer but some lighter colours may need two.
When they are dry, paint the centre in yellow or a contrasting colour of your choice.
Arrange the pinecones on the wreath. Push the top, unpainted half of the pine cone through the wreath and secure with hot glue or florist wire. If you want to stick pine cones on top of the greenery, you will need to saw off the top part of the pine cone to make it lie flat.
Weave the greenery through the wreath or stick on leaves with hot glue. If you use a repurposed wreath as I did you may be able to use the greenery already attached.
I have had so many great comments about the finished wreath and it was so easy to make.
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4 thoughts on “How to Make a Pine Cone Zinnia Wreath”
That is such a good idea! I am so tired of all the pine cones in my yard, I might have to try this too!!
Should I clean the pinecones before painting them
I didn’t but if they are a little dusty you might want to clean them especially for the lightest colors.