DIY Pine Cone Christmas Card Garland

Dec 12

Years and year ago I purchased a huge bag of pine cones from a craft store. Some of them are brown and some have faux snow painted around the edges. Over the years, the pine cones sat in various spots around the house during the holidays. This month when I pulled out the bag I noticed they are beginning to show years of wear and tear. I didn’t want to toss them and figured they could be recycled into something fun.
This was an especially good lesson for my 8 year old. The 2nd graders are responsible for recycling on campus. 
Until an idea came to mind, they were simply tossed in a large vase in the dining room…

The Christmas cards are trickling in and was looking for a new way to display them this year. Here is our card display last year. But this year was hoping for something fun and different….yet still pretty. So I thought maybe a pine cone garland could hold the cards! This idea is very simple and easy…and involves very little money / time invested.

I grabbed my whitegold spray paints and got creative…


The idea was to create some sort of pattern on the garland..



This paint dries in about 30 minutes. After sitting for a few hours, I used simple fishing wire to create the garland. Just loop the wire around one pine cone and make one knot, then move on to the next making sure to leave a bit of space in between for hanging the cards…



When complete, use Command Adhesive Banner Anchors to easily hang it from a mantle or wall…
Honestly, I thought to leave the garland as is…it’s pretty enough…


I’m sooooo not a crafty person – but have to admit how much I adore this garland. Simple, pretty and totally me!
The final touch is hanging small wooden clothes pins to grasp your holiday cards…


Hope this idea inspires you to do the same or create something all you. How are you displaying your cards this year?

comments +

  1. Love this and have still got some cones left from those we put on our tree so will have to give it a go

  2. Maria says:

    Love the spray painted pine cones and how you made the garland out of them! Great idea! It looks so festive and pretty!

  3. daniii♥ says:

    I absolutely LOVE your pinecone garland. I might need to make one to go with my pinecone wreath. 🙂

  4. Hanna says:

    WOW. Great project! love it. I think your blog is great too. New Follower Here:) I'm Hanna and you can find me anytime at HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

    xoxoxo Hanna

  5. Such a great upcycle project! I love how the gold and white looks. Unfortunately our Christmas cards are sitting in a pile in the dining room. I definitely have to do something like this next year. Thanks for sharing at the Holiday Countdown link party. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  6. Your mantel looks adorable. Love your ideas!

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