I was inspired to update an old pine cone wreath into a Santa holiday wreath when I saw a Halloween project on Pinterest. It turned out better than imagined. I love the look of the red painted pine cones and how light reflects off the glossy surface.
The black ribbon and big gold buckle complete the Santa look of this holiday wreath.
How to Make a Pine Cone Santa Wreath
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- wreath form (foam, metal, wood, or vine)
- pine cones
- hot glue
- red spray paint (I used Krylon Deep Cherry)
- wide black ribbon (wired ribbon works best for shaping the bow)
- large gold belt buckle
- wire or twist-tie (optional for connecting bow to wreath)
Begin attaching large pine cones to the front and sides of your wreath form with hot glue. Fill in the gaps with smaller pine cones until it’s nice and full. Be sure that the wreath sits flat so it will hang flat against a surface.
At first, this may seem wobbly but once the gaps are filled in it becomes much sturdier.
Add glue where the pine cones touch each other for extra strength.
In a well-ventilated area, on a protected surface, spray paint the pine cone wreath on all sides. A couple of coats is plenty. Allow the paint to dry overnight.
I even painted the backside of the wreath.
How to Make a Large Wreath Bow
Large, poofy bows are often the centerpiece of a wreath. A big black bow with a buckle is just that on this Santa Wreath. Here’s how to make a large wreath bow.
Cut the following pieces of wide, wired ribbon
- 1 long piece (approximately 2 yards)
- 2 mid-length pieces (approximately 2 foot each)
- 2 small pieces (approximately 8 inches each)
- 1 optional additional piece for hanging wreath (length will vary depending on how low you’d like it to hang)
Fold the long piece of ribbon as shown above.
Fold and layer the two mid-length pieces on top.
Place the belt buckle in the center of the bow. To attach the buckle, cross and weave the two shortest ribbon pieces over the center spoke of the buckle and around the back of the other bow pieces. I stapled the short ribbon pieces together on the back for extra hold.
Use another section of black ribbon to attach the bow to the wreath or weave a piece of wire through the backside of the bow, in between the pine cones, and around the wreath form.
Shape the bow loops and tails. Cut the tail ends at an angle.
Hang this Santa wreath with another piece of black ribbon, with fishing line, or on a wreath hanger.
This pine cone Santa wreath is by far one of my favorite DIY Christmas wreaths. The red paint, black ribbon, and oversized belt buckle are a subtle nod to Santa Claus on our front door.
What’s hanging on your front door this holiday season?