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…
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:The 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.
Simply 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.
I 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!