vine and pine, a simple fall wreath

written by tammy

how to make a simple fall wreath out of twigs, vines and pine cones

Creating a simple, natural looking fall wreath is as easy as cleaning up the yard. Lucky for us, the talented artist and designer Matt Lanci came by the other day to show us how it’s done.

A quick survey of the brush and tangle growing at the edge of the yard revealed a key ingredient for a festive fall wreath: grapevine. That, coupled with the bag of pine cones that Matt rescued from the forest floor and we had the makings for a beautiful wreath.

gathering materials to make a simple wreath out of twigs, vines and pine cones

After pulling a pile of dying vine down off the back trees, Matt set to work.

Simply pick a vine, find an end and form it in to a ring about the size of the wreath you wish to create. Sometimes you will be wrapping one piece, other times several branches at a time will be wrapped around, it just depends on the way the vine grows. Fold the vine in and out as you go, creating a tight twist. When you come to the end of a piece just tuck it inside of the tangle to secure (see images below).

If pieces are jutting out or making points instead of rounded edges you want to shape them back into place. You don’t have to be gentle. Every few wraps around  grab the edges and make sure they are continuing to form a circular shape.

how to make a simple fall wreath out of twigs, vines and pine cones

how to make a simple fall wreath out of twigs, vines and pine conesTo accent the completed wreath, we affixed a few pinecones with twine and weaved some bushy pieces of field grass from the wetlands near the yard. String to hang with a piece of ribbon or twine and you have the perfect handmade holiday display.

how to make a simple fall wreath out of twigs, vines and pine cones

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neon-pop pinecone ornaments

written by tammy

Here on the east coast the days seem shorter and the air is brisk, leaves have been falling and the trees are almost bare. The time has come for enjoying cool weather hikes and cleaning up our yards in preparation for winter chill. And as we do, we come across a bountiful and natural selection of potential holiday decorations.

pink neon pine cone ornament craft project

Last weekend a friend came bearing bags of pinecones from small to large.  He taught me how to make wreaths and centerpieces out of dying vines and tall grass. We added pinecones as accents and decorated the house for fall.  After we were done,  I found myself with over half a bag to pinecones to spare. So this weekend, I bought a can of neon paint and brightened them up a bit. Here are the results.

pink neon pine cone ornament craft project

These neon pinecone ornaments are so easy and yield such popping results that you’ll want to make them for everyone you know. The two most important things you need are primer, so you really get those neon brights, and an open space in which to work.

pink neon pine cone ornament craft project

pink neon pine cone ornament craft project

For a little extra pizazz, I added a layer of silver glitter spray paint to the cones once the neon color was dry. It’s so easy to get carried away!

pink neon pinecone ornament craft project

pink neon pine cone ornament craft project

Wrap fishing wire around the end of each pinecone, double knot and hang.

pink neon pine cone ornament craft project

I can’t wait to hang some on a real tree, and give the other half away as gifts!

pink neon pine cone ornaments

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