I really like to use pinecones in our decor, and they work well for most seasons. This DIY pinecone garland can easily be used as fall decor and transitioned into Christmas decor. We do not have pinecones in our yard, but my parents have a ridiculous amount at their house. When I can’t make it down to my parent’s house in SC, I have found some local spots for them.
This year, I made one with mostly larger pinecones.
- pinecones.. A lot!! (I used a paper grocery store sack filled to the top)
- First, make sure to clean your pinecones and dry them out. To find out how to do this and why, check out my tutorial here.
- Cut a ridiculous amount of 8 inch pieces of twine. If you are using smaller pinecones, you could do 4-6 inch pieces. You will need 1 piece of twine for each pinecone.
- Cut a piece of twine in the length you want your garland to be and set it aside- I normally add 3 inches or so to either end so I can hang it easier. Mine is 8 feet long. To figure out the size I wanted, I held it up to my mantel exactly how I wanted the finished product to hang.
- Settle in on the floor watching a movie with your ridiculous amount of twine pieces and dried out pinecones. Tie each piece of twine around the base of a pinecone. It took me about an hour and half to do this, maybe shorter. I did a little here and there over a few days.
- I normally spray the pinecones with Mod Podge clear spray BEFORE I do a project with them, however, I forgot this go around. I blame it on the fact that it rained for a week straight when I was trying to make this garland. When I actually did spray them, it was our first day of sun in a while! I sprayed a thin coat, let it dry, flipped the pinecones over, and sprayed another coat.
- Stretch out the twine you cut earlier in the length you wanted the finished garland to be and start tying on the pinecones one. by. one. I usually do a foot or so, then go back and trim the excess twine and push the pinecones closer together. I like attaching each pinecone 1 by 1, because if any fall off, it is easy to replace them.
- Once you are done with attaching pinecones and have the garland as full and as long as you want it, tie off the ends. I tie them like in the picture below. Makes hanging super easy!
- Now, it is time to hang your garland! I have tried adhesive hooks, however, I have found that good ole’ nails work best for holding up the weight of the garland. I use decorative nails and have 4 spaced out equally along our mantel. I hang the end pieces first, then evenly space out the garland and hang the other 2 sections. For these middle pieces, I just move the pinecones aside and drape the twine across the nail. Once hung, I do take about 5-10 minutes to space out and rearrange the pinecones to my liking while making sure the twine isn’t noticeable.
Thanks for reading!