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.