This week I have been pulling some projects together to decorate my side entrance door for the new fall season. Still not sure yet how it will look in the end, but I’ve included in this post one of the decor projects I have added to the space.
This whole idea started as I began to collect the small pinecones in my yard this summer after each storm. We have pine trees that are over a 100 feet tall, but for some reason they produce some of the most adorable small pinecones. If anyone knows what species of pine tree these come from please let me know.
So last weekend I started out with a shoe box full of small pinecones ready to be cleaned and sanitized.
This step included soaking them in a vinegar and water combination for about 45 minutes and setting them outside in the sun to dry. I also baked them in a 200 degree oven for about two hours on a foil lined cookie sheet. This helps to kill any bugs, bug eggs, or mold that may be inside the pinecones. Makes for a smelly house, but believe me you don’t want to skip these steps.
I then spent a few hours painting the pinecones in several different shades of yellow. While doing this I suggest you put on a good movie, pick up a paint brush and just paint. I used acrylic craft paints for this project. This part can be tedious at best so just enjoy your movie.
To be able to create a sunflower look, I first hot glued a 10″ paper plate to the back of my 12″ wire wreath form.
Then you just start gluing on the pinecones one by one to the wire frame. I used the larger pinecones around the outer edge and the smaller ones towards the middle and then used the smallest ones to fill in the gaps around them to hide the wire and paper plate. You will end up with about three or four different layers of pinecones in all.
One thing to keep in mind while you are painting the pinecones, if you think you have enough, paint about 10 to 15 more. You will find that you need them anyway.
To create the look of greenery and leaves around the wreath, I glued dark green burlap ribbon in loops to the back of the plate.
Since this wreath is a bit heavy, I used wire to make a hanger for it. I originally tried jute string, but the knot pulled loose and the wreath came crashing down. I had to paint a few additional pinecones to repair the damage so I suggest you just start with a strong wire the first time.
Come back to visit in about a week and I should have everything for the side entrance ready for it’s big reveal.
“Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged.” Matthew 7:1