Get a head start on fall crafts by creating this pine cone picture frame. This rustic frame is an easy fall craft idea you’ll enjoy making!
Give your picture frame extra personality by adding a popular messy bow or a printed fall saying like I did.
PINE CONE PICTURE FRAME
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- unfinished wood frame
- 1 extra large pine cone
- or small pine cones
- glue gun (my favorite)
- brown paint
- paint brush
HOW TO BAKE PINE CONES BEFORE CRAFTING:
You should bake pinecones you find outdoors to remove insects, spiders, and mold.
I researched baking pinecones so I could save you the time of googling. There was a varying range of temperatures and time for baking. The most common findings are below:
- Make a single layer of pinecones on a baking sheet lined with foil
- Option 1: bake at 250 degrees for 30-45 minutes
- Option 2: bake at 200 degrees for an average of 2 hours
HOW TO MAKE A PINE CONE PICTURE FRAME
STEP 1: PAINT AND STAIN FRAME
Paint the entire frame brown. Only one coat will be needed since you’ll need to sand the front side once the one coat is dry.
Use sandpaper to distress the frame to your desired look. I left the back side solid brown.
STEP 2: CUT THE SCALES FROM THE STEM
I had to use garden clippers to cut the pine cone scales off because I couldn’t find my snips, but as long as you have strong scissors of some sort you should be good.
STEP 3: ATTACH THE PINE SCALES
My original plan was to completely cover the frame with scales by slightly layering them, but the large pine scales were just too big and bulky to get that idea to work.
I think if you use scales from small pine cones you can accomplish that complete coverage idea since the scales will be small and less bulky
Use a hot glue gun to attach the scales to your picture frame.
STEP 4: MAKE THE FABRIC BOW
- determine the side of the fabric that doesn’t feel slightly stretchy
- you want the edge to feel taut
- decide the width you want your strips
- snip about 1/2 inch into the fabric edge
- pull and rip the strips from the fabric
- make an alternating layer of strips in shape of “x”
- tie together with another strip
STEP 5: MAKE THE RAFFIA BOW
- tie raffia pieces into a bow
- cut the loops apart
- begin separating and pulling apart the raffia
- I used my fingernails to do this
- fluff to desired look
STEP 6: ATTACH THE RIBBON
- hot glue the fabric bow to the top of frame
- hot glue the raffia bow on top of the fabric bow
Now, you’re all set to make your own pine cone picture frame. Collect some pine cones from your yard or purchase some and start crafting!
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It’s time for another monthly Sustainable Pinterest Challenge, where my blogger friends and I pick an idea from one of our Pinterest boards and make it into a “use it up,” recycled, upcycled craft or decor.
Our September theme is “Nature” and I used this inspiration pin. Be sure to click the links at the end of my post to see eleven more nature projects!
CLICK THE PICTURES BELOW TO SEE MORE NATURE PROJECTS!
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Donna | Modern on Monticello
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Jo | Rose Tinted World
Niki | Life as a LEO Wife
Marianne | Songbird
Mel | Decor Craft Design
Sharing my pine cone picture frame at these fabulous blogs!