Embroidery hoop wreath with pinecone flowers

I finally got in on the embroidery hoop wreath trend. Here’s my version:

DIY embroidery hoop wreath

I found the embroidery hoop at a thrift store (for $2) a couple weeks ago. Then I looked around my house for artificial flowers to decorate it with. I didn’t have any that I liked. What I did have was a whole basket full of pinecones, so I decided I’d use them to make my own flowers.

DIY embroidery hoop wreath materials: large embroidery hoop, pinecones, faux leaves and wooden beads

Materials and tools

Here’s a full list of the tools and materials I used for this wreath:

  • 14 1/2 inch embroidery hoop
  • A couple of big pine cones
  • Leaves stripped off one stem of dollar store faux flowers
  • Faux berries
  • Five wooden beads
  • White milk paint
  • Green chalk paint
  • Small paint brush
  • Five big metal washers
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors or pliers (to remove the scales from the pinecones)

Descale the pinecones

Before I could start building my wreath, I had to make my flowers. And in order to make my flowers, I had to remove the scales from my pinecones because they were going to become the flower petals.

I tried a few different methods to remove the scales, and what worked best for me was to pull them off by hand or with the help of my trusty old rusty pliers.

Descaling a pinecone with an old pliers

Some of the scales made a clean break with the cone, while others ended up with split ends when I broke them off. It didn’t matter. I only needed some of them to have their pointy end intact. I just trimmed the jagged ends off of the rest.

Pinecone scales

Once I had the scales removed, I painted them with some white Rust-Oleum Milk Paint that I had on hand. To keep the pinecone debris from contaminating the entire bottle of paint, I poured just a small amount of paint into an empty cat food can and dipped my brush into that.

Pinecone scales being painted white

I painted both the front and back of the scales and did just one coat. I wasn’t looking for perfect coverage. I wanted the scales to have a rustic look.

As I painted, I lined the finished scales up by size and shape.

Pinecone scales painted in white milk paint

Making the flowers

I made five flowers for my wreath. Each flower was made out of two layers of scales/petals.

For the bottom layer, I found seven scales that were roughly the same size and trimmed the ends off of them.

Crafting a pinecone flower

Then I glued the scales onto a washer.

Crafting a pinecone flower

For the top layer, I grabbed five smaller scales …

Crafting a flower out of pinecone scales

… and inserted the pointy curved ends of them into the hole in the center of the first layer.

White flower made from pinecone scales

I tried to stagger the position of the scales, so the petals on the top were more or less in the cracks between the petals on the bottom. When I had the petals positioned where I wanted them, I attached them with glue.

DIY white pinecone flowers

Next, I dug through my supply of wood beads and pulled out five that looked to be the right size and color to work as the center of the flowers.

Wooden beads

I completed the flowers by gluing the center beads into place.

Closeup of DIY pinecone flowers

Assembling the wreath

With my flowers done, it was time to start assembling the wreath.

First, I glued the flowers onto the side of the wreath where the wood block closure was, putting the biggest flowers in the center of the group and the smaller ones toward the ends.

DIY embroidery hoop wreath with pinecone flowers on it

I had stripped some leaves off a dollar store flower stalk to use as greenery, but I didn’t like their color or their shiny finish. To give them a flat, chalky look to match the pinecone flowers, I painted them with some celery green chalk paint I had.

Painting artificial flower leaves with green chalk paint

The first coat or two seemed to soak into the leaves, but the paint dried quickly, so I just kept applying more coats until I had the leaves looking like I wanted them. Again, I wasn’t going for flawless coverage here. I was happy to have a bit of the dark green peek out here and there.

Artificial leaves painted in green chalk paint

Once the leaves were painted, I snipped them in half, so each one could be glued on to my wreath individually.

woman's hand holding a scissors cutting a faux leaf in half

Then I placed the leaves under the flowers and attached them with glue. I tried to give each flower two or three leaves.

White flowers made from pinecone scales

I felt like the wreath needed a little something extra yet at this point, so I dug some tiny cream colored berries out of my crafts stash and cut them down into small pieces.

Faux cream colored berries

Then I tucked the berries in between the flowers and leaves and glued them into place.

Flowers made from pinecone scales and wooden beads on embroidery hoop wreath

The completed embroidery hoop wreath

And voila: My embroidery hoop wreath was complete.

Woman holding an embroidery hoop wreath with pinecone flowers

In my mind’s eye I was thinking the flowers were going to spill out along the side of the wreath. But when I hung the wreath on my door, the flower side (with the wood block under it) kept slipping down to the bottom. Apparently my mind’s eye had forgotten to account for gravity.

Embroidery hoop wreath with pinecone flowers

I don’t necessarily mind the flowers being on the bottom. It’s not the look I was going for, but it isn’t bad.

Embroidery hoop wreath with pinecone flowers

Although now I’m wondering if it needs something at the top to balance out the flowers at the bottom. What do you think? Should I add a little “welcome” banner or something like that across the top? Or should I leave it as is? Let me know in the comments below.

Woman holding embroidery hoop wreath with pinecone flowers on it

For more great wreath ideas, including lots of other hoop wreaths, check out my Pinterest board. And for other wreaths I’ve made, go to my wreath archives.

Lisa

10 Replies to “Embroidery hoop wreath with pinecone flowers”

  1. Love it! If you want the flowers at the side, why don’t you staple the ribbon at the back, to the hoop? It should work! I do like the idea of something at the top of the hoop, like a welcome or even a bow.

    1. Thanks, Heather! I’m on the hunt for a wood cutout of a word (like “welcome” or “hello”) in a scripty font now. If I find one that looks like it will fit, I’ll probably add it across the top.

    1. Thank you! I was surprised how well it worked to paint the leaves. I was afraid maybe they’d get stiff and the paint would crack, but that didn’t happen. Not only is the color better (more muted) now, but the chalky finish matches the style of the pinecone flowers better, too.

  2. Hi Lisa. Visiting you from Funky Junk Interiors, DIY salvage party. I’m so glad I discovered your blog. What an ingenious idea !! I love collecting pine cones too. Have a wreath in mind but nothing as elegant as yours. Have subscribed to your blog.
    Much love
    Naush
    http://www.doodlebuddies.net

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