DIY Fall Garland

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It may not be holiday season, but there’s no reason we can’t celebrate fall season by decorating our homes with garland. Today we’re talking about making garland from an autumn staple: pinecones. This is a really simple DIY that is best done sitting around a fire (whether outdoors or in), laughing with loved ones. Maybe you can even start it off by taking a walk with friends, collecting pinecones and any other bits of nature that have fallen to the ground this season.

Materials:

Fall garland materials

Pinecones (if you don’t have access to any pinecones outdoors, you can usually find some at supermarkets and craft stores this time of year)
Twine
Metal wire (I used 26-gauge)
Fake flowers
Acrylic paint
Paintbrushes
Glitter
Tacky glue
Hot glue gun

Directions:

This garland would look lovely with the pinecones just as they came, but I wanted to add a little color, so I started by adding a little glitter and fall-colored paint. I didn’t do this to every pinecone – just enough of them to add a touch of interest.  I liked adding paint and glitter to just the tips of the pinecones, as you can see below.

Pinecones

To attach the pinecones to the twine, you can just wrap the twine right around each one, finishing off by tying.

Pinecone and twine

For smaller pinecones, I first wrapped brass wire around each one, and then attached them to the twine with the wire.

Mini pinecone with glitter

For the flowers, I snipped small pieces of wire and then attached each one to a flower using hot glue.

Flowers with wires

I varied the amount of space between each attachment so that the garland didn’t feel too precise. I then attached each flower to the twine using the wire.

Fall garland

Pinecone garland

What’s great about this garland is that you can customize it to fit over your fireplace, above a window, across a wall – whatever you’d like. Get creative with what you attach to yours and make a point to feel yourself relax as you put it together. Happy fall!

Fall garland window

 

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Comments

jelena -October 8, 2013, 8:27AM

great idea! =)

MacK Mars -October 8, 2013, 8:33AM

Adorable, love it! Thanks for the idea :)

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MacK @ SoulMakes Blog

meg -October 8, 2013, 9:02AM

What a lovely way to bring the outside in. :)

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Juliette Laura -October 8, 2013, 10:15AM

Oh wow! This is seriously lovely and looks easy!

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Alexa Sonken {Invitations for Creatives} -October 8, 2013, 10:23AM

Doesn’t get much better than pinecones and flowers. Too darn perfect.

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Leisa -October 8, 2013, 10:56AM

Adorable, thanks!

lynn -October 8, 2013, 3:38PM

*GASP* I WAS THINKING THE SAME DIY IDEA!!!! Only I was just going to use leaves. But this idea is waaaaaaaaaayyyy better!! :D

Kelli -October 9, 2013, 11:43AM

Such a great DYI! Def. going to try and def. pinned!! Thanks!! :D

Mary R. -October 12, 2013, 12:16PM

SO CUTE I love!!!!!

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