Pine Cone & Book Page Wreath {Tutorial}

A couple of months ago, my sweet friend A and I got together one afternoon and made two pine cone and book page wreaths. We were making them for Fall but then we decided that our new wreaths were perfect for Christmas. My friend brought the pine cones and I had the old books. Last week I showed you how I incorporated this wreath into my magical mantel.

I can’t even tell you how much fun we had making these together….not to mention how inexpensive and gorgeous they turned out!

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Beautiful, right?

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Pine cones and fir cones
  • Books that you can rip pages out of
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Foam board
  • Scissors
  • Spray paint.
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Glitter
  • Burlap or ribbon to hang wreath

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Gorgeous cones!

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Books – I used an old hymn book and literature book.

It almost felt wrong to rip out the pages, but I did it anyway!

I bought foam board at Hobby Lobby on 50% off for 0.99.  Then I cut a “wreath form” out of it and spray painted it brown.

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Then heat up the glue gun and get started rolling up book pages.  Glue page rolls closed and then glue the page rolls to the wreath form.

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Continue to glue page rolls all around the inside and outside of the wreath.  See those gaps between the page rolls? Don’t worry because once you do one layer of page rolls, you’ll do a second layer and fill in the gaps with more page rolls.

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When you have two layers of book pages complete on the wreath form begin adding pine cones around on top of the book pages.  This step requires a LOT of hot glue because you want it to be very sturdy.

Fill in any gaps with fir cones {they are skinnier and more feathery than pine cones}. I love how the fir cones add a different dimension and shape to the wreath. Keep adding pine and fir cones until the wreath looks full and balanced.  It helps to hold the wreath up and stand away from it to see where to add more cones.

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To make the pine cones sparkle we used Elmer’s glue and glitter.  You could also use a spray adhesive, but you’d need to be very careful not to get it on the book pages.  Unless of course you want the book pages to be all glittery and sparkling.  Drizzle Elmer’s glue over the pine cones and sprinkle glitter over the glue.  Be generous with the glitter!

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A and I used three different glitters. Ooooo La La! Gotta love the bling!

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Elmer’s dries clear so don’t freak out about the white glue.

Once the glue dries, you’ll want to shake out the extra glitter so it doesn’t shed all over the place. Unless of course you like finding glitter pieces on your face at the most inopportune times. Ha!

I added a piece of burlap fabric to my wreath so I could hang it.  After I tied the burlap on, I added a few book page rolls to the reverse side of the wreath to fill in where I covered book pages up when I tied on the burlap.  Does that make sense?

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I love how the different textures of the pages and cones blend.  SO beautiful!

And so frugal!

A and I made two wreaths for less than $10!!!

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One last look at my Pine Cone & Book Page Wreath!

{swoon}

I’m so excited y’all because I have SO many fun, crafty posts coming up!  The next two weeks are going to be jam packed with cuteness!  Stay tuned….

Have you ever made a book page wreath?

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Comments

  1. I love this and hope to make one this weekend, just need to find a book to tear up first :)

  2. I’m so going to have to make one of these! I think that before I glue the pages onto the form, I will glue and glitter the outside edge. That would be gorgeous! But I’m still having issues with tearing up a book. How hard was that?
    Beth´s last blog post ..November 18th

  3. It looks AWE-some!!! Love the natural woodsy look. I’ve got pinecones hanging from my dining room light and gives off a comforting feeling…especially to a girl that loves the outdoors.
    You can see it here:
    http://hopeabound.blogspot.com/2010/11/thankful-for-mondays.html
    Kristen @ Hope Abound´s last blog post ..Meet My Friend Aaron

    • Aww, Kristen, thanks for your sweet comment! I love the idea of hanging pinecones…cute! :)

    • This wreath is so pretty! I have lots of old books that I buy at junk stores and antique stores and we have tons of pinecones in our area. We also have acorns and I might add a few of them!

  4. That is cute Myra! Combining book pages and pine cones, I LOVE both!!
    melissa @ the inspired room´s last blog post ..How to Make a Cozy Winter Felt Wreath

  5. I’ve been waiting for this post – even looked for it a few days ago. I just found an old hymnal in my closet today. Can you guess what I’m gonna do with it? Thanks for sharing, Myra!

  6. Super sweet idea! Yours turned out perfect!
    Southern Fried Gal´s last blog post ..Handmade Christmas Cards or Art

  7. Very attractive, I love the look of the natural pinecones with the book pages. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Centsational Girl’s party.

    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

  8. I love your unique take on a book page wreath. It turned out beautifully!
    Andrea´s last blog post ..A Quilted Christmas

  9. Swoon is right! Love every inch.

    xo,
    cristin
    cristin @ simplified bee´s last blog post ..Interior Design Trend Forecast for 2011

  10. I love it! It’s just gorgeous!
    Kristen @ More Than Mulberries´s last blog post ..Crepe Paper Gift Tags

  11. That’s really lovely – I might have to try this one! Thanks for sharing.
    Mela Kamin´s last blog post ..Cute Kids &amp a Good Cause

  12. Amazing work there love!

  13. I love it!! :o)

  14. gorgeous, and loving your color scheme!

  15. Love you babe! Your creativity is quite nice. Amazing, really. Next up on the creativity list: rubbing your hubs feet while you blog. :)

  16. This is gorgeous!!!
    I’m a wreathaholic so I’m definitely gonna try this one!

  17. When I first looked at your finish product, which is awesome, I thought, “I can’t make that. It looks too complicated,” but your tutorial really makes it seem simple. Thanks so much. I really want to try this project. It really is a gorgeous and creative wreath. Well done!
    Ally @ “A Novice Nelly”´s last blog post ..Twas- Tis- Twill be

  18. Wow, how elegant! I love your wreath and your tutorial is fantastic!

    Thanks for sharing,

    AmericKim

  19. I’m SO into pinecones this year – and your wreath is a wonderful inspiration for them!! Thanks for sharing over at Censational Girl’s Holiday Home link party!

    :D Lynda

  20. Very pretty! I tried to make a pine cone Christmas tree and didn’t exactly succeed… your wreath did, though! Great job! :) I’ve used a ton of pine cones in my holiday decor this year and I just love them!!

  21. Gorgeous!! I think I am going to have to make one of these for me! :)
    *page bookmarked* :)
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  22. Melissa M. says:

    I’ll be getting married next fall/christmas and this would make a GREAT decoration… Thanks so much for posting this…

  23. I have TONS of pinecones in my yard that could use some bling! :) Stopping by from Tatertots and Jello

  24. I didn’t realize this was you too!!! This one is also going up in my favorites from this week! You are great!
    Maggie @ Black and White {Side by Side}´s last blog post ..Christmas Decorating with Kitchen Items

  25. Love the wreath and the pine cones.. i have seen that before. It’s perfect! Thanks!

  26. I loved this soo much that I decided to copy! http://quickfixmama.blogspot.com/2011/01/copycat-wreath.html Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.

  27. Just discovered your site recently and I love it. This craft, in particular, is amazing… I have numerous pine trees that I continually grumble about. Picking up cones will seem less tedious now that I have a plan. Thank you for all your great ideas.

  28. Tracy Garrison says:

    I tried your wreath and unfortunately it did not work out for me. The foam was not strong enough to hold the pinecones and it broke in half after two days of hard work. I was told to use a wire wreath next time and “wire” the pinecones to the wreath.

    • Awww, that’s too bad. I used foam *board* which is much stronger than regular foam which would be prone to break in half. I didn’t use a wire form because I wanted it to be solid on the back, but that definitely has possibilities too.

    • Hi Tracy. I didn’t use foam. but I used cake base instead. It worked well.

  29. love this! I just now found it, and with all the pine cones around here, I may have to give it a try. I wonder how it would look with some of the Oregon grape that grows here? Hmmmm….worth a try, huh!! Thanks so much for sharing. I wonder if this would make a good gift for a neighbor??

  30. Hi! Just discovered this site today! LOVE this wreath. Found out last night that we need to make one (or more!) for our daughter’s winter chorus fundraiser (families make them and then they are auctioned off). What a wonderful idea. I must admit, I’m usually not much of a ‘wreath person’, but I’m finding so many ideas that are INEXPENSIVE and just beautiful! Cannot wait to get started on this project. Plan to use this tutorial to help in a few weeks. We have PLENTY of pine cones here in Georgia. Acorns will be dropping soon too. So excited to try this. THANK YOU!

  31. SUCH A FABULOUS WREATH, i adore this!! Thanks for sharing!

  32. I’m going to try this with a small change. I am going to use double-sided Christmas scrapbook paper and add a coordinating ribbon. It would add to the cost but if you get the pinecones for free it is still affordable

  33. Just a question, do you clean the pine cones first?

  34. Santinovia says:

    Hey! Thanks for the post. I’ve made mine here. :) http://isharemychamber.blogspot.com/
    I didn’t use exactly the same materials, but I did use the same techniques. thank you for sharing your talent and idea. :) I really love your wreath. It’s lovely.

  35. I really liked that ideal for the wreath and now I have to find some pine cones to use. Hope to find some because I have some magazines that I can use. Thank you for that ideal.

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