We love succulents and make a lot of crafts using real ones and fake ones too. But the faux succulents from the craft store can get a little spendy! So we schemed and came up with a substitute – pine cones! We were surprised at how good they look as succulents! And lovely on a faux succulent wreath!
Now we are collecting pine cones everywhere we go. There are so many shapes and sizes! And once you paint them, they look like an amazing array of succulents! We are just trying to think of all the faux succulent projects we can make with them!
How To Paint Pine Cones To Look Like Succulents
Here’s a video we made showing how we paint pine cones to look like succulents:
How To Make A Faux Succulent Wreath From Pine Cones
18” grapevine wreath
Pinecones, large, medium, and small
Plaid Folk Art Acrylic Paint: Perfect Purple #2557, Burgundy #957, Magenta #4038, Fresh Foliage #954, Patina #444, Jamaica Sea #320, Turquoise #961
Hot glue and glue gun
Hand saw or bypass loppers (the kind you use to prune roses)
1. The first step is to gather pine cones. You’ll need about fifty. Yes fifty! There are little ones in there, but if you look at the wreath and add them all up…it’s about fifty. You’ll want two big ones, about 15 medium sized, maybe 20 small, and the rest very small.
We went for walks around our neighborhood and started spotting all kinds of pine cones. If you can’t find all the ones you need, they carry them at the craft store too. (If you collect your own pine cones, you might want to store them outside for a little while to give any bugs a chance to skedaddle.)
2. Cut the biggest pine cones in half with a hand saw or bypass loppers. We found that bypass loppers worked perfectly for this task and was much easier than with a saw. We discovered a nice technique for this: sit in a chair, hold the loppers by the handles, but rest the cutting part down on the ground. Slide a pine cone into the jaws. Then sit back (no fingers near the loppers) and pull the handles together. Works like a charm!
2. Now the fun (and messy) part. Paint the pine cones. Paint some green and some lighter turquoise. For the burgundy ones, we poked some purple paint down into the deep spaces to give them some depth. We just used the craft paintbrush to poke paint into all the nooks and crannies of each pine cone. Let the pine cones dry.
3. Hot glue the pine cones to the grapevine wreath. We like to start by placing the largest pine cones first. Turn a few upside down to get a different looking “succulent”. Next we recommend adding the medium sized pine cones.
Once you have these placed, it becomes more obvious where to add the small and very small pine cones. Keep gluing until all the pine cones are on the wreath form.
4. Finally add little handfulls of Spanish moss to the inside edge and outside edge of the wreath. We placed a little hot glue on the wreath and pushed the moss into place. You can also fill in any spaces between the pine cones with moss. Tada! Pretty easy! And so pretty!
We showed this project to some friends and they loved it so much they wanted to have a craft day. Here are some photos of our Faux Succulent Wreath Day. It was a blast!
The gals painted their pine cones. This rose-shape pine cone is from a Deodora Cedar. So pretty!
Their wreaths! They did the version we made for Woman’s World magazine. It was purple and green. Didn’t they do a great job?!
More pics of their wreaths!
If you have any questions about making your own faux succulent wreath, just leave us a comment in the comments section. We are here to help!
Jennifer & Kitty
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