Tuesday, 27 November 2012

snowy pinecone wreath plus opening closed pinecones



 what with all the bad wind and rain we have been having in england, i noticed there was loads of pine cones on the ground as they had been blown out of the tree, so i gathered a bag full, but they were all closed. so i lined a baking tray with tin foil and pre heated my oven at 200c and then popped them in for ten mins, and some of them had started opening so i removed them and left the rest in, it was a bit smoky so i turned it down to 180c and checked again in ten mins and removed some more. some took longer to open but i removed the open ones each time i checked, and the process took about an hour checking every 10 minutes. the ones put at the bottom of the oven seemed to open quicker.
 once they had all opened i let them cool for a bit and prepared the base for the wreath. i didn't have a wreath base so i made one out of two embroidery hoops wrapped with burlap. the large one had a hook already on it to hang it with.
i used my glue gun and started sticking the pine cones on to the smaller embroidery hoop standing up, then i placed that in side the large one and then added some wire to keep them together, then i glued pine cones around the larger one, once that was done i added the rest of the pine cones in between the two layers
to make it look snow covered, i laid down a bin liner so i didn't make a mess, then i gave it a light spray with white spray paint. then i covered the wreath in spray glue and sprinkled on some faux snow and shook off the excess and that's all it took. i then added a burlap bow to it.
so what with me gathering the pinecones and already having the other stuff from previous projects this cost me nothing to make
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21 comments

  1. Thank you so much for have explained everything so clearly! I love natural ornaments and i love it!
    Silvia

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  2. You are lucky to have so many pine cones around! I have to buy mine :-( .What a fun and easy project! So pretty!
    xx
    Anne

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  3. So snowy and beautiful!!!Hugs!:))

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  4. Wow that turned out so beautiful. I will have to try that, my daughters would love it.
    Debbie

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  5. This is lovely. I found your posts at Transformation Thursday. I will be checking out your blog!

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  6. So pretty! I love this. Great tutorial!!

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  7. Aimee,
    Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. I love your wreath and what a great tip for opening pine cones. I just showed my cousin and she was amazed as was I. I never knew you could do that.
    Have a great week.
    Debi

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  8. Great idea on opening the pinecones! Your wreaths are so festive!
    Liz

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  9. Wow! They look so gorgeous all frosty like that! So beautiful!

    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

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  10. This is so pretty! I like how rustic and simple it is. I'd love it if you'd share this at my linky party http://accidentallywonderful.blogspot.com/

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  11. great idea this is amazing! Would love if if you linked up on my blog hop www.w-t-fab.com/search/label/bloghop. Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other!

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  12. So gorgeous. I wouldn't want it outside:) I'd want to look at it every day:)

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  13. I LOVE this! Must try it for next year! I have to give it a pin. ;)

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  14. I loved all your projects this week Aimee.
    Thank you for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday.

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  15. wow, this is lovely! i started following your blog a couple weeks ago and always love what you are up to!

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  16. Hi Aimee! I absolutely love this wreath! Incorporating naturals into home and holiday decor is one thing I always try to do! I would love it if you linked up to my Blissful Whites Wednesday linky party! Thanks for always sharing such wonderful projects and inspiration!
    Hope your holidays are joyful!
    Becky

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  17. Love the faux snow, looks really different, great wreath!! thanks for sharing how to,

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  18. these are so pretty!! Thanks for sharing on Serenity Saturday! Can't wait to see what you have to share tomorrow

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