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Inexpensive winter wreath

Winter has blown in with a vengeance. Although the great 2010 Salt Lake City Blizzard never really seemed to appear last week, it’s been snowing non-stop for the last 24-hours. We measured just over two feet of snow out on the deck today and it’s still coming down…

I am really enjoying my Thanksgiving decorations this year, which has made me really reluctant to put them away for the year. But all of this snow is a reminder that it is time to take decor like this down…

Thanksgiving Wreath
And replace it with something a little more like this….DSC_0092
This inexpensive winter wreath cost about $4 to make and was a kid friendly project.

We started by collecting pinecones of all shapes and sizes from the ground around the neighborhood and in the park across the street. (We waited a little too long and some of them were a bit soggy, so we laid them to dry for several days before starting. Even then some of the “younger” pinecones that I would have liked to include were still icky.)

Another option would be to purchase some of those lovely smelling pine cones from the store. I’ve seen them for about $4.99 a bag – it would probably take two bags.
We purchased a cheap wooden wreath form from the dollar store and a little bit of moss to cover it like this:Winter Wreath Step 1The moss provided a nice finished look and padded the back of the wreath, however in hindsight, I probably would have just spray painted the wreath form a darker brown. The moss was a bit messy and made it harder to glue the pine cones down…But, I digress, on to step two. The pinecones.
Winter Wreath Step 2Simply glue the pinecones on to the wreath every which way in tight clusters like in the photo above, working your way around the wreath.

Once you have all of the pinecones where you want them, you can either leave it plain (which I kind of liked) or you can add a little bling like we did.
We used two packages of silver ornaments that I picked up out of the dollar section at Target.
DSC_0094I used a little bit of white and silver ribbon that I already had on hand to finish off and hang the wreath up.

Each of the steps were easy enough to utilize the help of the boys ages 10, 7 and 4. Something about the pinecones helped make this project seem a bit more boy friendly :)

I think it turned out pretty well!

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29 Responses to " Inexpensive winter wreath "

  1. Kari @ Ucreate says:

    Tauni this is gorgeous!! I'll be linking!!

  2. DanielleisNesting says:

    Great tutorial! Love it! I'm a new follower I found your through Ucreate!

  3. Tanya says:

    Beautiful wreath…Love it!

  4. Char @ Crap I've Made says:

    I think it turned out way better than "pretty well"!

  5. Kara says:

    I'm with Char. It didn't turn out "pretty well", it's beautiful!!

  6. texttussi says:

    Very nice! I'm looking for something to spruce up a wreath and the silver christmas ornaments might just do the trick!

  7. Mariah says:

    Found this great tutorial on Ucreate, thanks for sharing. I plan to make one, now I just have to find some pine cones…

  8. Angie says:

    Very pretty idea! I can't wait to try it!

  9. CountryBelle says:

    Oooh I like! I knew I was saving that bag of pinecones (for 2y ears) for something like this! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Christine @ Following Phubie says:

    Beautiful! I'm a new follower!

  11. Jenny @ DIY Newlyweds says:

    So pretty, great job!

  12. Madigan at madiganmade says:

    Wow… just lovely! It is so full and I love the white ball accents.

  13. Emily @ Finding My Aloha says:

    Cah-ute! :)

  14. Eva's House says:

    Lovely!I love that silver touch. My last post is about pines too!

  15. Steph says:

    Dood… super cute. I could maybe even make something like this. I would probably glue pinecones in my hair… but who cares?

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  20. Terri says:

    Bought cute after-Christmas sale ornaments that look wintery, and went on a pine cone hunt this afternoon with the kids. Can’t wait to try to make this myself – it’s so pretty!

  21. Kathy McCann says:

    I like this very much….

  22. Suzanne says:

    Love this & I already have pinecone trees in my yard to give me a great start. It is beautiful. Thanks for the great idea.

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