Craft projects that bring the outdoors inside are usually inexpensive and artful ways to decorate. Pine-cone crafts can be made with almost any variety of pine cone, but usually must begin with a basic wire frame -- a support on which the pine cones will be wired, glued or tied.
Pine-Cone Wreath Forms
Pine-cone wreath forms are different than other wire wreath forms or frames. They have two levels, or rings, of wire to support pine cones. One method of making a pine cone wreath is to soak fresh pine cones in water before inserting them between the upper and lower rings of the wire frame. As the pine cones dry, they will open and wedge themselves into the frame.
A Variety of Wreath Frame Sizes
Wreaths are made in a wide variety of sizes: small 8-inch wreaths adorn windows; medium-sized holiday wreaths made with artificial fruit and pine cones are displayed prominently on the front door, in an entrance or above a fireplace mantel; and some people hang an extra-large evergreen and pine-cone wreath outdoors on a barn or garage. Each of these requires a different sized wire wreath frame.
Make Your Own Wood and Wire Frame
You don't have to buy a special wreath frame to make a decorative pine-cone wreath. If you want to make an extra-large wreath or have a particular size and shape in mind, you can make a frame with wood and medium-gauge wire. Cut a large circle or other desired shape from plywood, and loop medium-gauge wire around it. Secure the wire to the back of the frame with a staple gun to prevent it from slipping. Wrap florist wire beneath petals near the base of each pine cone. Twist the ends tightly to secure it, and wrap the ends of the wire around the wire on your homemade wreath frame. Repeat this process using pine cones and other embellishments.
Quick Fix With a Wire Hangar
If you really want to make a pine-cone wreath but don't have time to buy a premade frame, go to the closet, pull out a wire hanger, grab needle-nose pliers and get started. Keep the hook of the hanger as it is and twist the triangular part of the wire hanger into an oval or circle. Lay the hanger frame on the table, wrap florist wire tightly around the base of each pine-cone and secure each one to the wire hanger frame. Hold it up periodically as you work to see that the composition looks balanced.
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