This Holiday season, we thought we would try out some of these cute craft ideas we see on Pinterest and see how easy they REALLY are! This tutorial will show you some of the trials and tribulations we found while doing the craft. While we love to say we are all craft experts, not all of us are Martha Stewart. We are real moms trying to make cute crafts.
What they suggest we use:
- 12″ round foam wreath form
- Pinecones, in a variety of sizes
- 2 – 2″ smooth round foam balls
- Black Marker
- Green Spray Paint
- Hot glue gun with lots of extra glue sticks
- 6″ x 18″ piece of Orange Fabric
- 3″ Black and White striped ribbon
- White foam board
What they suggest we do:
1. First you’ll glue your pinecones to your wreath form. Attach the large pinecones first and then fill in with the small and medium pinecones.
3. Place your pinecone wreath on cardboard or a large piece of craft paper and completely cover the entire wreath with green spray paint. It took about 3 coats and almost the entire can of spray paint to cover my pinecone wreath.
4. While the last coat of paint is drying on your pinecones, use a black marker and draw eyeballs on the 2 foam balls. I did my black eyeballs different sizes for a bit of a goofy look.
5. Using scissors, cut out 3 teeth from the white foam board. Mine are all different sizes.
6. Make a bow tie with the fabric. To do this, I folded the fabric in half with right sides together so that it measured about 6″ x 9″. Then I sewed around the 3 sides leaving a 3″ hole. Then I turned it right side out, hot glued the hole shut. Then I wrapped the black and white ribbon around the center and hot glued in place.
7. Place the eyeballs, bow tie, and teeth on the wreath and then hot glue them in place.
What we discovered:
We painted the pine cones first to make sure they where completely covered. When we glued the pinecones on, we had a hard time getting them to stick to the foam. We tried using glue sticks that are specifically for foam. This glue worked a little better. Given that we live in Florida and its still 90 degrees in October, hot glue is probably not the best form of adhesive for an outdoor project. Our tip would be to use a wire wreath form base and wire each pine cone on the wreath. This way you know when your little slams the front door Mr. Monster won't be scattered all over your porch.
What we found works better:
- 12" wire wreath form
- Floral wire
- Around 30 to 50 pin cones in a variety of sizes (we used around 30)
- Green Spray Paint (we used a whole can)
- A pre-made bow (unless you are a master bow-maker)
- 2-2" smooth round balls
- Black Paint or a black marker
- White card stock
- 3" Piece of Jute rope (any thick ribbon or string will work)
Here is our Monster~
Here is the Original ~
As you can see our Monster looks a little different from the original. The pinecones are pretty heavy so we didn't fill it as much as she did. We still think he's cool!
Please let us know if you find any other tips or tricks while doing this craft. We would love to hear them.
Keep pinning and keep on crafting!
~The Re-Play Team
The tutorial above is from Craftsaholic anonymous. Here is the link to her post: http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/pinecone-monster-halloween-wreath-tutorial