I don’t know what it is about garlands, banners, and buntings; but I just love them! Some are fancy and some are plain but each one adds a pretty element to home decor. I’ve been looking at hundreds of Christmas banners on Pinterest and became inspired to create one of my own. So today, I’m sharing how to make a pine cone garland. Mine cost less than $4 to make!
Since I live in the northern part of the U.S., I opted for frosty looking pine cones.
First thing you need to do is get some pine cones … hopefully for free from your yard or a field.
Using a foam brush, I applied a generous amount of Mod Podge to each pine cone. I wanted a heavily frosted look so the pine cones would look as though they’re laden with snow. Apply a heavy dose of Epsom salt. A good deal of it will stick, provided you don’t shake the pine cones until the Mod Podge dries.
You could stop right here and fill a bowl with these sparkly pretties!
But since this post is about how to make a pine cone garland, we’ll continue.
Using a hot glue gun, tack a short strip of ribbon to the base of each pine cone.
Then tie each frosty pine cone onto a long strip of ribbon to create your garland.
Since you’re tying each cone onto the long ribbon separately, it’s easy to slide the pine cones back and forth on the stretch of ribbon. This way, it’s easy to space them out evenly, which comes in very handy when you hang the garland.
I found the pine cones outside, and I already had the Epsom salt and Mod Podge on hand.
My only expense was the festive ribbon which was $4 for a fairly big spool of it.
And that’s how to make a pine cone garland! I gave this one to my daughter.