Are you ready for the easiest DIY ever? And even better, it is free! (Assuming you can find some pine cones outside and have some string lying around, that is.)
Surprisingly enough, there are quite a few pine trees around where I live - which seems weird in Arizona - and they drop the most beautiful pine cones… perfectly shaped!
They were just way too perfect not to gather and use (despite how ridiculous I’m sure I looked walking around with a plastic grocery bag full of pine cones). I feel like I wouldn’t have looked as homeless gleaning for pine cones if I had a paper bag, but I only had plastic… gotta work with what you can! I was even thinking about just throwing them in my purse, but that may have been even stranger – can you tell I spent some time strategizing?
Once you gather your pine cones, bake them for 40 minutes in a 250 degree oven. This is to kill all of the little bugs that may be hiding in them. After you bake them, wash them to remove all the dirt… Since I am OCD and don’t like bugs, I baked them a second time for 40 minutes in a 250 degree oven just to be sure.
After your pine cones have cooled, take your twine and tie a knot around the whole pine cone as high up on the pine cone as you can. Continue to tie additional pine cones until your garland is the desired length.
Although this may not be the prettiest way, it was definitely the easiest… I originally tried to anchor the string to the top of the pine cone via a nail in the top of the pine cone, but the pine cones were so solid that my nails were bending and not going in!
If you’re feeling extra crafty, you can roll the tips of your pine cones in white paint to get a really cool “snow” effect. Since where I live in Arizona doesn’t get snow, I opted against this.
I gathered about 25 pine cones and used about 15… if you can find a ton of pine cones, there are some super cool things you can do with them. Here is some inspiration that I was loving from Pinterest.