When you trim your live Christmas tree DON'T THROW AWAY THOSE REMNANTS!
Save them to make a Pine Branch Wreath. Here's how,
Pine tree branches
Magnolia cones or Pine cones
Holly Berry branches with the berries
No glue is needed....that's right I said NO GLUE!
Here's the bunch our daughter gave us from her tree. I was able to make a total of three wreaths out of this bunch.
Select three branches. One large, one medium, one small. Place the large one on the bottom, place the medium on top that one and then the small.
Cut some jute twine, about 2 ft. long. Gather the branches at the top and wrap the twine around it once very tight and knot it.
Now wrap the rest of the twine in and around the branches staying as close to the original knot as possible. Tie it up at the end and cut off any extra. Set aside.
Cut off another 2 1/2 ft. long of jute twine. Take the end of a Magnolia cone and tie a knot around the bottom of the stem.
Add two more cones to the same end.
Do the same with the other end so you'll have three cones on each end with about a 7-8" gap in between.
Secure the strand of cones to the wreath by placing the string in and around the branch ends at the top
Give the cone strand a couple of twists for added security
You can add a bow to it. This one we hung on our gate by using more twine.
This one I left plain and hung it from our light post out front
I added Holly Berry twigs to this one (ouch!!) and hung it on our railing by the front porch.
And that's it! I had everything on hand so I didn't have to buy anything. You can find a lot of things outside if you go look. The Magnolia Cones came from our Magnolia tree and the Holly Berry twigs, I snipped off our Holly Berry tree (I'm not sure if that's the official name). Once the season is over, all I have to do is remove the string and throw the branches and cones into our compost heap except for the bow of course. No glue was involved so that makes it safer for the environment too.
Hope you have fun making your own wreaths like I did and remember to savor every moment!