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Pine Cone Wreath Making Memories

November 3rd, 2008 · 4 Comments

I love pine cones.  I think they are beautiful and they bring wonderful memories to me.

When I was a little kid my best friend was my cousin Lisa.  Remember Lisa?  Well, when we were little our moms were friends and they were quite crafty.  Crafty as in arts and crafts, that is!  Neither of our families had much money, so when our moms would see something in a store that they liked, they figured out how to make it themselves.  In the case of pine cone wreaths, that lead us on great pine cone hunting adventures!

In the several weeks preceding December, my mom, my aunt, Lisa and I would pile into my mom’s car and we would hunt out all different kinds of pine cones.  We would go to parks and cemeteries and along roadways finding our treasures.  We also collected all different kinds of seed pods to add to our wreaths.  It was cold; the car never seemed to warm up with us hopping in and out.  We would collect a bag full, if we could find that much, on our day’s trip.  It seemed like on the way home, every time, a spider or two would come crawling out of the bag, scaring the heck out of Lisa and I!

Once we had collected enough pine cones and seed pods on our adventures, my aunt and Lisa would come to my house and the assembly work would begin.  We would lay newspapers over the kitchen table.  The first time we made them we used an old styrofoam life preserver as the base.  My mom and aunt cut it in half so they each had a wreath-shaped circle with a flat back.  We used brown linoleum paste as the glue.  (This was probably around 1970.)  We put hairpins through the pine cones to anchor them to the styrofoam because the glue didn’t hold them on it’s own.  I couldn’t find a photo of a hairpin on the Internet so I took one myself!

These are hairpins:

We worked, pasting and pinning on pine cones until the styrofoam base was covered nicely.  There were still some holes that the pine cones didn’t cover.  This is where the seed pods come in.  Also, we added assorted tree nuts, still in their shells.  We would put on some linoleum paste and place them in the holes.

The wreaths had to sit and dry for a while.  I don’t remember how long.  Once the paste was dry and hardened, we sprayed the wreaths with a clear shiny varnish.  If you are going to make your own wreath definitely do this step outside.  Once that was dry we added a big red or green bow and hung it on the wall. Beautiful!

My inspiration for trying out the black and white setting on my camera came from Red Or Gray. She led me to Springtree Road who is hosting November in black & white.  Go and check out both of their sites.  You will see some beautiful images!

Tags: Family · Home & Garden · Photography

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ELK // Nov 3, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    great shot! they really are little wonders …I do not have any in my yard but keep eying the ones down the street for when they fall…you were so lucky to have crafty moms…see you are carrying on in your talents.
    thanks for your kind words!

  • 2 Gayle // Nov 3, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Hi ELK!

    Thank you! I think I will see if I can get my kids interested in making some pine-coney crafts this year. When they were young, they made pine cone Christmas trees that came out so cute!

  • 3 Kacey // Nov 4, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Oh, we had a wreath like that…only we used it as a centerpiece with a big fat red candle in the middle of it!

  • 4 Gayle // Nov 4, 2008 at 10:54 am

    Hi Kacey!

    I think my aunt did that with one!

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