By General Crafts Contributor Michelle
Make this super cute summer wreath of everlasting flowers with items you probably have lying around the house and yard. This is a very simple project, is great to do with kids, and gives you tremendous bang for very few bucks.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
- Acrylic craft paint.
- Medium flat paintbrush.
- A piece of cardboard large enough to cut the size wreath you wish to make.
- Heavy pruning shears, or heavy duty wire cutters like these: Panacea Wire Cutters Heavy Duty.
- Utility or craft knife to cut cardboard.
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks.
The first thing you need to do is to decide how big of a wreath you want to make, and how wide it needs to be to hold the size of pinecones that you’re using. My wreath is about 12-inches in diameter, and about 1 1/2-inches wide. I traced a dinner plate to get the circle shape, and then a smaller plate to form the center. Trace or draw your ring onto your cardboard, and then use your utility knife to cut it out.
To make the flowers, we’re going to be painting the bottom of the pinecones. Hold the top point, and turn your pinecones over, picking out the ones that the bottom side looks the most uniform and flower-like. If your pinecones are damp, or not very open, you can turn your oven on the very lowest setting, place your pinecones on a cookie sheet, and let them set in the warm oven until they are dry and fully open. Be sure your oven is just warm, not too hot, and watch them carefully so they don’t burn. If you are worried that your oven is going to get too hot, preheat it to the lowest setting, turn it off, and then place the sheet of pinecones inside until they are dry.
Next, load your paintbrush up with quite a bit of paint, and rather than just brushing across the bottom of the pinecone, use a bit of a scrubbing motion to work the paint into all the nooks and crannies of the end of the pinecone. Holding the top point of the pinecone, as you paint the bottom, look down the sides of the cone to see which scales show and help form the flower, being sure you give them a coat of paint too.
While the initial coat of paint is still wet, highlight some of the “petals” with a lighter shade to create some interesting variations. Let dry, and then go back and add centers to your flowers.
When your pinecones are dry, use your pruning shears or wire cutters to snip off the top half of the pinecones. This will give you a flat place to add your glue, and help them to lay flush on the surface of your cardboard ring. Arrange your pinecones around the ring, and then glue them onto it with your hot glue gun. I suggest pushing your pinecones right up next to each other so they “nest” their scales together some, overlapping each other a little bit.
Take a length of ribbon, and tie it into a bow with long tails. Glue the tails onto the back of your cardboard ring to create a hanger for your wreath.
Hang your wreath up, and enjoy your cheerful flower garden all summer long!