Monday, December 14, 2009

How to Make a Pine Cone Swag

I love bringing evergreens into the house this time of year. But this gray and brown pine cone swag is also beautiful in its own way, and can be used again and again in years to come.

I collected pine cones in a nearby park while my son was busy climbing trees.

Some were fresh brown pine cones from this year, and some were weathered and gray. I liked the mixture.

The pine cones opened up inside the warm house and shed their seeds. You could speed this up by placing the pine cones in the furnace room, or some other extra-warm spot.

You need wire cutters and some fine gauge wire for this project. I used fine copper gauge wire I had on hand.

Cut a very long piece of wire. My piece was about 12 feet long. Bend in half, forming a loop.

Wrap the loop around the end pine cone, and twist the pine cone a few times to lock it in place.

If you want, you can graduate the sizes of the pine cones, from small on the ends, to large in the middle. I was working with my son, however, and we weren't picky. I love how it looks.

Every time you put add a pine cone to the wire, give the pine cone a few twists, making sure you aren't unwinding the other pine cones.

Leave a little space between the pine cones so that your swag will drape, and not be too stiff. If you run out of wire, just add more.

We hung our swag on the fireplace screen, but it would look nice hanging from the mantel, or over a door, including the front door if you have an overhang.


FairiesNest said...

What a lovely swag! It would look beautiful for Autumn decor too!

Heather said...

You are just amazing. I have been exploring all of your wonderful tutorials, etc. I write a small blog called Shivaya Naturals (, and I would love to interview you, if you are even interested.

I also am co-editor of a magazine called Rhythm of the home, and I would love to see you submit something if you are ever interested.

Beth said...

Thank you so much, Heather and Fairies Nest! Beth

Tan Family said...

Lovely idea! We just finished making pinecone bird feeders and I was wondering what to do with the extra pinecones. Now, I know! Thanks. :)

gardenmama said...

i love your resourcefulness and creativity beth. the kids and i collected a big bag of pine cones before the snow came now i know just what to do with them : ) many warm wishes to you xo

Nicole Vangen said...

Stumbled upon your blog today and I am so glad that I did.

Can't wait to get to know you better and make this pretty pine cone garland.

Namaste, Nicole