Pinecone Garland

Monday, December 16, 2013

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Decorating for the holidays is one of my favorite ways to get in the holiday spirit. Since it is difficult to have a Christmas tree in a New York apartment, I got creative this year in my decoration ideas and made this pinecone garland. It was easy to make and added just enough holiday spirit. Plus, the pinecones I used were cinnamon scented, so it leaves my apartment with a wonderful festive scent.

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What you’ll need:
-Pinecones (I got mine at Michaels)
-Floral wire
-Gold spray paint
-Twine
-Scissors

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1. Lay out pinecones and spray paint them evenly. Allow to dry between coats. I would recommend 3-4 coats.

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2. Cut a 18 inch piece of wire.

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3. Take one of the spray painted pine cones and wrap the 18 inch piece of wire around the bottom of the pinecone with one end of the wire having a 10 inch or so tail. To secure the wire, twist the two ends together.

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4. Using the end that has a longer tail, bring it across to the other side of the bottom of the pinecone to create a handle as shown in the picture.

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5. Using the remaining wire of the longer end, wrap it around the bottom of the one and a half times. This end should now be next to the other end of the wire.

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6. Twist the two ends of the wire to secure the handle on the bottom. Repeat steps 2-6 for each of the pinecones.

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7. Once the pinecones are ready, cut your piece of twine. I made mine a foot longer than the space I would be hanging the garland.

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8. Taking a pinecone, loop the twine through the metal handle you created.

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9. Using your fingers pinch the wire around the twine and twist the wire to secure it in place. Repeat steps 8 and 9 for each pinecone spacing them out on the twine. On my garland, I left 4-5 inches between each pinecone.

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10. Once all pinecones are attached hang your garland.

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The final product!

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