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DIY project: Dipped pine cone wreath

Create a rustic pine cone wreath with the help of Style at Home's resident crafter Catherine Therrien.

Our managing editor and resident crafter Catherine Therrien shows you how to create a rustic pine cone wreath with a modern twist – dipping half of it in winter-white paint for a snow-covered effect that will have your home ready for the holidays.

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Materials
  • Brown spray paint
  • 16" Styrofoam wreath
  • Wire
  • 50 large-sized pine cones
  • 100 medium-sized pine cones
  • 30 mini pine cones
  • White latex paint
  • Rod
  • Paint tray
  • Glue gun
  • Ribbon

Instructions
1 Spray paint three-quarters of the Styrofoam wreath brown and let fully dry. Leave the remaining quarter white.

2 Using a piece of wire secured to the base of the pine cone, dip directly into the paint can. Once completely covered, attach the other end of the wire to a rod and let drip dry into a paint tray. Repeat this process with a selection of different-sized pine cones. Let fully dry. (Note: When pine cones get wet, they have a tendency to close up, so you may need more than you think.)

3 Using a glue gun, adhere the unpainted large- and medium-sized pine cones to brown-painted section of the wreath, holding each in place until the glue hardens. Use the small pine cones to fill in any gaps.

4 Finish with the white-painted pine cones using the same method described above.

5 Hang in a spot indoors with a pretty ribbon.

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