Pine Cone Picture Frame

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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

pine cone picture frame with fabric and raffia bow

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SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • unfinished wood frame
  • 1 extra large pine cone
  • or small pine cones
  • glue gun (my favorite)
  • brown paint
  • paint brush
  • sandpaper
  • scissors
  • raffia
  • fabric
all the supplies needed, such as, a pine cone and wood frame

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.

pine cone picture frame craft - how it looks completely painted and after when it's all sanded

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.

cutting pieces of the pine cone to glue to the picture frame

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.

pine cone picture frame craft - the pine pieces attached to the sanded brown 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

green plaid fabric snipped and then pulled apart to make strips

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
raffia bow before and then after showing the bow with a shredded 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!

graphic saying pin for later
pinterest graphic for pine cone picture frame

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24 thoughts on “Pine Cone Picture Frame”

  1. This frame has so much texture, it looks great. It’s interesting how we have to change our crafting plans sometimes as we go along if it’s just not working! I love the scrappy fabric bow, perfect for using up small bits of leftover fabric.

  2. Great idea, Allyson! My ‘extensive’ collection of pinecones has several large ones that would be perfect for this project.

  3. Your frame is so phenomenal! I’d never thought of taking apart a pinecone and using the pieces! Such an innovative idea — and I love it! Smiles, Linda at Paper Seedlings

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