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?
How large should the wreath form be-12″‘ 18″ 24″? I was ordering it tonight and realized I did not know what size you used. Thanks.
Hi Jennifer – Good question. It really depends on how big you want it to be and how big the space you’re hanging is. I think the form I used is around 18″ (I haven’t dug it out yet this year :). Keep in mind that the pinecones on the sides will make this a few inches wider.
Send me a picture of your final wreath, I’d love to see how it turns out!
Sheila Sites says
Beautiful- I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for sharing your craft.
Nancy Perry says
I am on the final stage of this wreath and it’s the bow. I cannot get how you attached the buckle to the bow. Can you give me a little more detailed instructions???
Hi Nancy – You inspired me to dig it out of storage to take a closer look. It’s time to come out anyway :)
The shortest ribbon piece is basically figure-eight weaved around the center spoke and then wrapped around the back of the bow. I then stapled it to hold it all together.
Let me know if that helps you. If needed I can take some closer pics and send to you.
Oh my, that is the prettiest wreath! I’m going out right now to get my supplies, finally I get to use all those pine cones my trees drop. Guess what everyones getting for Christmas?? Thank you for the wonderful post!
Ha! What a great Christmas present idea! Send me a picture of your final wreath, I’d love to see it :)
Rebecca Payne says
Thank you, Rebecca :)