This easy pine cone door swag is such a pretty and simple DIY idea to make this season. Using a door swag is a great alternative to a front door wreath too. (updated 8.19.22)
There’s a reason this is my all-time most popular DIY project and has been seen over 5 million times on Pinterest since I first wrote this! It’s super easy…even for my non-crafty friends out there…and really adds a pretty natural touch to your holiday decorating!
I started decorating for the holidays this week. I usually put a wreath on my front door but I wanted to do something different this year. I decided on making a pine cone door swag.
Don’t you love the natural look of pine cones? I mix them in with my Fall and Winter decorating, and since I live in New Hampshire I can just go out my back door to collect them!
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How To Make A Pine Cone Door Swag
You don’t need many supplies to put this swag together. I used a bag of good-sized pine cones, a roll of wired ribbon ( I used 2 1/2 inch wide ribbon and I feel that it is the perfect width for this craft project), white craft paint, and either glitter or fake snow.
Step 1. Paint the Edges of the Pine Cone
I wanted to make my pine cones look like they were touched by snow.
With my straight paintbrush, I watered down the white paint and hit the cones’ outside edges using an up and down movement.
While the paint was still wet, I sprinkled a little fake snow onto the cones. You could add a dash of silver or white glitter too for an extra bit of sparkle!
Step 2. Cut the Ribbons
While the pine cones were drying, I cut 7 pieces of ribbon.
The ribbon lengths need to be staggered. My longest piece was 24″ long and I went down about 1 1/2″ on each ribbon after that.
I have made this project quite a few times with different ribbons and it always comes out so pretty! So use whatever thick ribbon that goes with your decor.
Step 3. Attach Pine Cones to Ribbon
For this step, I used my hot glue gun.
I applied a generous amount of glue to the bottom of the pine cone and also to the bottom of the ribbon.
The best way to get a nice strong hold without burning your fingers is to use the back end of a paintbrush!
Use it to push the ribbon into the little nooks on the end of the pine cones. ( I usually manage to burn myself every time I use my glue gun!!!)
Let the glue cool down and dry.
Step 4. Adjust the Ribbons
Once the hot glue dried I gathered the 7 ribbons and played around with them until I liked how the pine cones were arranged.
**You can pull the ribbons up or down to get the look you want because all pine cones have a slightly different shape and may need a little more space.**
Step 5. Make a Hanging Loop on Door Swag
I folded the top of the ribbon over and secured it with and twist tie so there was a loop to hang the swag from on the door. You could use an elastic or zip tie to do the job too.
Step 6. Decorative Bow
I finished off my swag with a basic bow. I ran a piece of the buffalo-checked ribbon through the hanging loop and tied a simple bow.
Finished Door Hanger
Here’s my finished swag hanging on my front door. I added a little fresh pine and a berry pick to give it a more festive look.
I just added a video of a Facebook Live I did this week making this craft over on my Facebook page-I’d love it if you went over to my page here and check it out (and don’t forget to give me a follow!)
I really love how it looks and it was such a quick and easy project! Check out my other Christmas decorating ideas to get you ready for the holidays!
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This is so simple and lovely. Recently my two lovely pine trees dropped lots of pinecones which were collected, baked to kill the bugs, waiting for a craft. AND I bought Buffalo Plaid ribbon a couple weeks ago! Coincidence or what? Instead of hot glue, I use E6000, The Welder, or Quick Glue for crafts. They hold well and I don’t get burned. I’m going to make this lovely garland and give it for gifts.
Jennifer Howard says
We had a windy storm last week and pine cones were flying out of the trees in the woods behind my house and pelting the windows…I couldn’t figure out what it was at first!
Love the swag. Have made many pine cone wreaths as we have lots of pine on our property. Never thought of just using ribbon. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.