In this step by step tutorial, I show you how to make an easy acorn and pinecone wreath using a grapevine wreath base and nature finds found out on a walk.
I love crafting with natural elements. They’re free, sustainable and a lovely way to bring a touch of nature into your home.
I’ve used pinecones, acorns and conkers for my fall wreath, but you can use just one element such as pinecones or any autumn nuts, seed heads or dried fruit available to you.
What you need to make a DIY pinecone wreath
- Pinecones, acorns and conkers (or any other elements of your choice).
- Wreath base
- Glue gun and sticks
- Spray top coat. I used Rust-oleum Crystal Clear (Amazon Affiliate Link)
I chose to use a 12-inch grapevine wreath ring (Amazon Affiliate Link) for my base. You can use any solid wreath base that you can glue on to for this project, but if you use styrofoam, I’d suggest either painting it or covering it in fabric before you start to pretty it up.
The glue gun that I use is a TEC 305 12mm Craft Glue Gun (Amazon Affiliate Link). It’s designed with crafters in mind and works with a vast range of different glue sticks depending on the materials you are glueing. For this project, I used TECBOND 261 / 12mm Flexible Glue Sticks that can cope with any movement you might get using natural materials.
Since I collected the elements for my wreath as I found them, I left them on trays to dry out for a couple of weeks until I was ready to use them.
How to assemble an acorn and pinecone wreath.
Before I started to assemble my wreath, I glued some of the acorns into their caps to ensure none drop off when my wreath is hanging on my front door.
I then began sticking my elements onto my wreath base. I find it is easiest to add one component at a time when building up a mixed seedhead wreath such as this, so I started with the pinecones.
Then added the conkers.
And some empty acorn caps.
Before filling in the gaps with a mix of loose acorns and acorns with their caps stuck on. You can see that during the week between getting to this stage and taking the next lot of photos, the pinecones had opened up.
Add as many embellishments as you like. Dried fruits and berries look lovely on a natural wreath, as does moss and lichens. You could also add in spices such as cinnamon sticks and star anise.
You can also use the same method to make a wreath out of items found around the house. Baubles, buttons, puzzle pieces and lego all make fabulous Christmas wreath material.
Finally, I sealed my wreath with two coats of spray-on protective sealant. This protective layer stops acorns and pine cones from drying out further while bringing out their natural beauty.
This photo shows my pinecone wreath before I applied the topcoat.
And here is my wreath with the topcoat applied. The varnish brings out the beauty of the conkers and acorns, giving my wreath a beautiful sheen.
I’m using this project as a door wreath, but it would also look lovely hung inside or displayed on a table.
Originally, I planned to use this pinecone wreath just as a fall wreath and change it up for Christmas. But I love it so much I think it might be staying all winter!
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