If you like to incorporate a bit of nature into your crating, this Painted Pine Cone Garland craft is for you! Something I love about this craft is that I made a little game out of it with my children. We headed outside to our backyard where we have a large pine tree. I told my kids to find 4 pinecones each and to make sure that they weren’t squished or tiny! This got them examining each pinecone that they found and they had fun digging around the pine needles to find the perfect pinecones! Once we gathered up enough pinecones, we headed inside to start the fun. Here is how to make a pine cone garland in just a few simple steps. It is the perfect decoration for your Christmas tree or fireplace mantle this holiday season.
Painted Pine Cone Garland DIY Tutorial
DIY Pine Cone Garland Supplies Needed:
- Pine Cones
- Hot Glue Gun (available at any craft store)
How To Make Pinecone Garland:
First gather up a handful or so of pine cones. If you don’t have a pine tree around, you could always head to a local park or local hiking trails. There are bound to be some pinecones laying on the ground at those places! Once you have gathered up your pinecones, grab your other supples and head to a table or your favorite crafting spot. I put newspaper on our table because we all know what happens when kids paint: It gets MESSY!
Squirt out your paint on a paper towel or plate and get to painting! Even adults like to get in on this craft! We painted about halfway up on each of our pinecones and chose to use Fall colored paints.
Once you have painted a pinecone, set it aside on its top and let it dry. It only took about 10 minutes or so for all of our pinecones to dry because we used thin layers of acrylic paint.
Once they are dry, you can start glueing them onto your twine. Or you can use a festive ribbon if that is more to your personal preference. First, I cut about a 4 foot piece of twine for our garland. You can make it as long as you want!
Next, drop a small dot of glue on the top of your pinecone (or the bottom of the pinecones). I put the glue on the flat end, what I call the base of each pine cone, so it would stick easiest.
Carefully press the twine down on the glue (this should only be done by an adult since the glue is pretty hot!). Spread the pinecones out about every 2 inches or so along the length of your garland. Once you have glued all your pinecones on your twine, you have your Painted Pine Cone Garland which adds rustic sense of nature to your seasonal décor!
You can use screw eye hooks to hang the garland along your mantle or stairs. We just used scotch tape for our own pine cone garland.
I hope you enjoy this tutorial for how to make pine cone garland. It adds a fun, festive and pretty creative decoration to any room of the house. I love to bring some natural elements inside for my home decor. We hung ours on our mantle above the fireplace. Have you ever painted pinecones for a Fall craft before? This Painted Pine Cone Garland takes no time at all and the whole family can participate in this craft!