How to Make a Spring Wreath

I am so excited to share today a spring wreath I made from pinecones. Many of you can make this entire wreath with Items you pick up in your yard. 

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This might be the most favorite wreath that I have ever made. It’s a spring wreath, and most of you can make it from things you can gather in your backyard. Can you guess what this wreath is made from?

Pine cones. 

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I know it’s hard to believe. Because pine cones have never looked so good. This DIY was amazing and I love that it looks so great for Spring. I kind of made it up as I went along but I think you will find the DIY below fairly easy. The only hard part was cutting the pine cones.

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to see a lot more wreath ideas from some of my blogging friends. And also scroll down to see my DIY video.

cut pine cone wreath

What You Need to Make a Pinecone Spring Wreath

Pine cones (about 18)

Grapevine wreath (I used a 16″)

Acrylic paint (alizarin crimson, medium yellow, white)

Tin snips or gardening shears

Glue gun

Assorted greenery (eucalyptus)

diy wreath for spring from pinecones

How to Make a Spring Wreath

Cutting the pine cones into flowers is the hardest part of making this wreath. I used an old pair of tin snips but there might be a better cutting tool to use. (If you find one, let me know.) I was able to cut two flowers out of each pine cone and I didn’t use the top part. 

wire cutters to cut pine cones

I had to cut around each side of the pinecone before I could cut all the way through. On a few occasions, the pinecone flower broke into a few pieces. But that was no problem as I just put them back together with a glue gun.

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Each flower had two to three rows of scales. And I didn’t use the tops of the pinecones but there is no reason why you couldn’t.

thickness of cut pine cone

It took me a few hours. Most pine cones netted two flowers. 

how to cut pinecones for wreath

I used 25 pine cone flowers on my wreath. Of course, you may need more or less depending on the size grapevine wreath you use. (I used a 16″.)

cut pine cones for wreath

Painting the pine cones was my favorite part. And this is the part where you need to be the most careful.

I have two really important color tips for you. So be sure to read below.

It’s easy to buy six small bottles of paint and paint the pine cones each color. But often that will result in a wreath that isn’t color cohesive. Can you tell the colors of the pine cones below were made from two colors and white? Anytime your color palette is created from two colors, all of your colors will be cohesive.  

I mixed six colors using Alizarin Crimson (burgundy) and Medium Yellow (and white) and put them in paper cups. These are the colors I ended up with. (I should have taken the photo before I added the highlights because some of them look more similar than they are.)

six colors of painted pine cones

The next thing you need to do is paint all of your pine cones with a base coat. I painted six pine cones in each color. 

But here is the important step, I then went back and lightly brushed on some highlights of the other colors on each pine cone flower.

This is what my pine cones looked like after I painted the first coat.

painted pine cones without accents

And here is how they looked with a highlight of one of the other colors. After they dried I added even another one of the colors.

Adding paint accents to pine cones

This photo shows the pinecones and how the color highlights make them even more harmonious.

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I love how they look!

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Here is my DIY video.

 

The colors are bright and definitely perfect for a spring wreath!

assorted painted pinecones

Assembling the wreath is very easy. I had painted some smaller pine cones because I thought I might need them. But I ended up leaving them out.

pine cones materials for wreath

I had some week old eucalyptus in vases (that had dried) and it worked perfectly. You can use any type of greenery, faux or real, or in my case, dried and neglected.

I stuck the stems of the eucalyptus into the wreath. Don’t use too much, just enough to offer light coverage.

adding eucalyptus to wreath

Add in the greenery all the way around being sure to follow the same direction all the way around.

wreath with eucalyptus

With a hot glue gun, attach the pinecones to the wreath.

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That’s all it takes!

 

I can’t wait to make more of these for fall and the holidays!

Check out all of these amazing DIY wreaths.

Magnolia Wreath – The Happy Housie // DIY Orange Wreath – The Handmade Home // Magnolia Farmhouse Wreath – Tatertots & Jello // Driftwood Welcome Wreath – My Sweet Savannah 

Front Door Decorating Ideas – Sanctuary Home Decor // Book Page Wreath – The DIY Mommy // Moss Ball Floral Wreath – Lolly Jane // Floral Winter Wreath – A Blue Nest // Spring Floral Wreath – Jennifer Maune

Heart Emoji Wreath – Cassie Bustamante // How To Make A Spring Wreath – My 100 Year Old Home // Strawflower Heart Wreath – Finding Lovely // Felt Flowers Wreath – Happy Happy Nester

Simple Spring Wreath – Art of Everyday Living // Coffee Filter Wreath – She Gave It A Go // Minimalistic Spring Wreath – Taryn Whiteaker Designs // How To Make A Spring Wreath – Hallstrom Home // Eucalyptus Wreath – Twelve on Main

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34 Responses

    1. This is beautiful and I I pinned and may try my hand at this one. I would never think pinecones.

      I have an idea for cutting them but want to see if it works before I say anything.

      Cindy

  1. I REEEEEALLY love this! My mom used to make all kinds of crafts – often involving pine cones – for which we teased her unmercifully! 🙂 Now that she’s older she doesn’t do much crafting any more, but I think this would be a great one to take over and do with her – cuz pine cones!! Thanks so much for the wonderful idea, and for your infinite creativity! ❤️ You’re a fabulous inspiration!

  2. You’re incredible. I’m going out to collect my pinecones today. Even though we have mostly cactus here there are a few pine trees🤣

  3. As my pinecones are drying in the yard-I have to share my attempt at this lovely wreath today. I am nuts.
    I had a bucket of small pinecones from the mountains that I had washed and dried in the oven to rid them of any critters. I wasn’t thinking about how pinecones close up when wet-as they did when I washed them originally.
    So-I cut them all up ( not an easy task) and filled 4 cups with paint, mixed a couple with white and yellow-and put gloves on.
    I beganmy painting with a foam brush and a stencil brush ( stencil brush worked best) I tried som with water thinned paint-as the pinecones suck up the paint. I painted about 30 and off to Michaels I went to get a grapevine wreath. I came home to fin dthat all of my painted pinecones closed back up into little tight cones…little brats. So- I began cutting another batch and tried to paint those. As I was painting away ( very messy job) the neighbors gardner started the leaf blower ( my mortal enemy) and my dogs went ballistic. While they were barking at the fence-the gardner got a bit perturbed and turned the leaf blower towards my yard and a dust cloud the size of Texas ascended into my yard-and yes-on my freshly painted pinecones. I I there down my paintbrush-grabbed a lawn chair ,drug it over to the fence,and jumped up on it to yell at him. I told him to knock it off (he just looked at me like I was nuts). I headed back to my project only to realize that in my haste had gotten pink paint all over my jeans. My nice jeans…so I ran into the garage, tore off my pants, grabbed some old sweats that were thankfully in there and went back out to complete my project. I then played the batch #2 painted pinecones asap in the sun on cardboard. My silly corgi of course had to steal one and run with it. Pink corgi now.
    Lessons learned:
    1.Use large pinecones
    2. Do not get them too wet
    3 .Wear gloves
    4. Don’t paint if your stupid annoying neighbor has the gardner leaf blowing
    5. Don’t wear your good Nordstroms jeans
    Questions:
    1. What type of brush did you use?
    2. Did you thin your paint?
    3. How long did you let the paint dry?
    Yours is beautiful- I will post a photo if my pinecones ever dry and if the other batch ever opens up…but I can tell you-mine will not look anywhere as good as yours… And the paint did come out of my jeans…

  4. I HAVE BEEN A CRAFTER FOR YEARS AND I WANT TO TELL YOU THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST WREATHS I HAVE SEEN IN YEARS. WHAT A GREAT IDEA TO CUT THEM AND THE PAINTING JUST MADE THE SPRING IDEA. YOU DID A WONDERFUL JOB.

  5. This pinecone flower wreath stopped me in my tracks!! I am sooo going to make this 🙂
    (I’m thinking I will try cutting the cones with my dremmel tool)

  6. The video did not play! I’d love to see it! Can you repost the video? I definitely want to make a wreath like yours. So pretty!

  7. This wreath is SO beautiful! I love the colors and I’m not sure I know exactly what paints you used. You said they could be gotten at JoAnn’s but what is the brand name and did you use two or three colors for the pinecones? I have a ton of pinecones and have been wondering what to do with them. Now I know! Thanks for the idea.

  8. You just amaze me. I am the farthest thing from an artist as you can get. I would like to try this I don’t understand how you mix the colors though. Can you do a video of you mixing and crushing it on the pinecones? Thank you so much you always inspire.

  9. I am so excited for this project! I love using things from my yard to decorate and especially pine cones. I’ve cut my pine cones and can hardly wait to get to painting them! (Cutting them is definitely work, but so worth the pretty result.)

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