Pine Cone Garlands
Holiday garlands come in all different varieties—evergreen, tinsel, beaded and more. A pine cone garland can bring indoors a rustic sense of nature at Christmastime. And if you have pine cones nearby to collect for free, a sumptuous and earthy garland can be yours for the price of a roll of jute twine—around $2. So start collecting!
Time to Collect
Head out on a beautiful day to collect pine cones from the park or yard. To make a really full garland, you’ll need approximately 15 cones per linear foot, or about 90 pine cones for a 6' garland. If you have a small dwarf in your household to conscript, collecting becomes much more fun.
A Quick Clean
Pop in the Oven
Line a large pan or cookie sheet with foil and bake the pine cones at 200 degrees for 1 hour. This will kill any critters that might be living in them. Stay in the kitchen to watch for any sap flare-ups. If your cones close up due to excess moisture, you can set them out to air-dry until they open up again.
Cut one long length of twine for your garland and many smaller lengths (about 10") to wrap around the base of each pine cone. Err on the long side for your garland twine. It’s easier to cut off than to add on later. Make a loop on one end for hanging purposes. You will add a second loop (on the other end) upon completion.
Attach to Garland
Add and Adjust
Continue adding pine cones to the garland twine, snugging them together as you go. After knotting, leave the ends of the short twine hanging—you can use those ends to make adjustments. (Pine cones are prickly!)
Finish and Display
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