Every Fall I have hundreds of small pine cones littering my yard and every year I try to think of a new craft project to try out using these small pine cones. This year I decided to give bleached pine cones a try. Using just a few of the bleached pine cones I was able to make this adorable $10 Wreath in only 10 Minutes.
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First, I followed a few Pinterest pins I found about bleaching pine cones. There are several of them out there and I tried two of them and came out with the same results, so basically you can’t go wrong with any of the pins you can try out.
To bleach the pine cones, you add two parts bleach (I used 2 cups) to one part water (1 cup) in a bowl, making sure that the solution is enough to cover the pine cones. Small pine cones will float so you will have to put a plate on top of the pine cones and some added weight such as glass bowls to keep the pine cones submerged in the solution.
Leave the pine cones in the bleach solution for 48 hours. Afterwards, lay out the pine cones on paper towels to dry out. This may take up to a week for the pine cones to dry out and open back up. Or you can heat then in the oven at 275 degrees for 2 hours.
Please note: The pine cones will close up when they were wet, so it will take some time for them to dry out and open back up.
If you don’t have access to small pine cones you can purchase them at a craft store or online. You can even substitute something else from nature to make your own version of this wreath.
Using some bleached pine cones, some leftover burlap fabric, and a wreath form for only $5.49, I was able to make an adorable wreath in about 10 minutes.
For this project you will need:
To make the wreath I purchased an eight inch Styrofoam wreath at the craft store.
You can purchase burlap ribbon or cut up burlap fabric into strips. I decided to use what I had on hand and cut my burlap fabric into about two inch strips.
Using a hot glue gun to attach the burlap strips, I wrapped the entire wreath around and around with the burlap. I decided to use the same burlap strips to make a very simple bow to go with the bleached pine cones. To be able to hang the wreath, I wrapped a strip of burlap around the top of the wreath and tied another simple bow.
You don’t have to use bleached pine cones for this project but they do have a nice look to them. Not counting the days to actually bleach the pine cones, this wreath only took me about 10 minutes to pull together and cost less than $10 in supplies. Even if you have to purchase small pine cones for your own version of this wreath, you will still stay within a $10 budget.
“You will keep the mind that is dependent on you in perfect peace, for it is trusting in you.” Isaiah 26:3