There are so many craft projects out there that I’d like to sink my teeth into this fall. But time and resources have either slowed me down or restricted my options. When that happens, I always turn to my trusty stash of pinecones 🙂 I have plenty of them and – some might say – far too many. In fact, when thinking about what to call this blog back when it was just a gleam in my eye, ‘pretty pinecones’ or some such incarnation came to mind. This is because I’ve always had a real love for pinecones. And even while my home style tastes evolve and change, my love for pinecones never seems to abate.
I’d say pinecones have a lot going for them: they bring the outdoors in (check), they inject a bit of rusticity into the home (check), their size make them easy to incorporate (check), they are all-season décor items (check), they can be used for all kinds of craft projects or displayed simply in a grouping (check), and they are inexpensive (check, check!).
In thinking about how to incorporate pinecones into my fall décor this year, I wanted to mix it up by injecting a bit of fun and flair. Yarn-wrapped pinecones were the result. I first came across this idea over at the home blog Family Chic which I featured in a round-up post ’15 No-Knit Yarn Crafts.’ Easy and relaxing, this craft takes hardly any effort and can be done even when you have limited time and resources.
All you need are two materials:
This project requires only yarn and pinecones and a little time and patience. No glue gun is necessary. Simply take any colour yarn and begin wrapping your pinecones, starting at the base and working your way to the top.
For best results, choose pinecones that are visually balanced and even. No pinecone is perfect, but try to select the prettiest ones. Also, the thicker the yarn, the faster the project will go. If it’s too thick, however, you may have trouble getting it into the grooves, so experiment with a couple of different thicknesses before committing to any particular yarn. Yarn sizes 4-6 will likely be safe for most sizes of pinecones.
I am pretty happy with the results. But I’m still undecided on the placement of my pinecones. Here are a few looks that I am currently playing with:
This was a fun project to do and I am loving the results. My fall décor already feels a bit more fresh and modern with the addition of these sweet little yarn-wrapped pinecones. (I’ll be posting a fall home tour very soon so you’ll get to see my decision on the final placement of these little guys then).
In the meantime, I hope you give this craft project a try this season!
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