Make an all season twig pinecone garland, for free!

How to make a grapevine twig and pinecone garland for Christmas or any season,  via

Christmas decorating has been on my mind lately. Coming up with fresh, new ideas takes a little forethought, so the best thing to do is really get off the computer and play. Well, for me anyway.

Make an all season twig pinecone garland for free! And in under 2 hours! via

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Desiring a new garland for the fireplace, I snooped around outside and came up with how to make an all season twig pinecone garland, for free! In under 2 hours.

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Gathering grapevine twigs and pinecones for a rustic garland for Christmas via

The sticks are from a grapevine near my shed that’s just lost all it’s leaves. I simply broke the branches at their natural joins, and threw them in a basket. Done!

The pinecones were gathered from one of my daily walks. 

I love now nature just kinda kicks in when my stock runs low. 🙂

How to make a grapevine twig and pinecone garland for Christmas or any season,  via

 Supplies needed




2 hours of Survivor

How to make a grapevine twig and pinecone garland for Christmas or any season,  via

How – to

original tutorial HERE with video

1. Start with a piece of string approximately 2 arms length long.

2. Finding the middle of the string, place a twig in the centre, then knot it in place. Add a 2nd knot for insurance.

3. Continue with twig / double knot / twig / double knot, etc. 

4. Tie in a pinecone between every 7 twigs.

5. Once you run out of string, triple knot the end, then start another garland.

6. Tie the small garlands into one big one.

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Original tutorial shows all the steps in pictures AND video HERE.

How to make a grapevine twig and pinecone garland for Christmas or any season,  via

The garland is VERY rustic, but that’s what I love about it most!

I threw on 2 hours of PVR’ed Survivor and kinda forgot about what I was doing. Perfection.

How to make a grapevine twig and pinecone garland for Christmas or any season,  via

The garland kind of has a Christmas / seasonal take to it, but I think it could also be deemed a winter thing too. Or a no season in particular thing. Just a woodsy, rustic, twiggy garland that can be hung anywhere.

Empty frames in a window / Make an all season twig pinecone garland for free! And in under 2 hours! via
As for the frames, that big guy belongs to a mirror that JUST fell and broke. What luck! Left with an empty frame, I just added a few more grouped frames.

Christmas fireplace mantel with old windows and garland via

 The twig garland also landed on my fireplace for Christmas.

Make an all season twig pinecone garland, for free! In under 2 hours.

Now that’s MY kinda Survivor challenge!

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  1. I love it! I loved it last year and I love it even better this year with the pinecones! BTW I love the oval frame in your front window too 🙂

  2. Cute! Makes me want to go for a walk…but the temps have gone from 70 yesterday and to the 30’s today. It would be a great day to do one, If I had the supplies already in the house.

  3. Thank you for the pretty inspiration. I have wild grapevine growing on the fence in my backyard and love this idea!

  4. Sooo cute! Love this cute garland, my parents have lots of grapevines at their house, I might have to borrow some! 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration! xx Holly

  5. It’s lovely! What a great idea. And as always, I can’t get enough of your backyard. That fabulous shed you created, the trees, the view. I could sit there all day and get lost in the peacefulness.

  6. Yep, that’s MY kind of Survivor challenge too… much better than an eating challenge – which is this week – GAG.

    Love your rustic style. I gathered a whole basket full of pine cones on Friday as they were predicting snow – last year I left it too late and had to dig them up from under a foot of the white stuff. This year I am all set for awesome projects like this! Thanks Donna!

  7. I love it Donna, I want to make one. No grapevine at my disposal, but will use a thrift store grapevine wreath. Oh, and a 2 hour cheesy Christmas movie will make me happy while I work!

    • My only concern using a wreath would be the twisted branches. Perhaps if you straightened them out it could work! I’d also be tempted to hunt around for straight tree branches you could cut down to size. I’d love to try that next. 🙂

  8. Love the garland idea! Just a correction on your cones —the cones in your photos are fir cones.
    Another use for them is to glue an appropriate size poppy seed head on the top of the cone. I usually poke a small hole in the top of the poppy seed head and put a loop of gold thread in with hot glue, then glue a set of maple seed “wings” on the back. Sometimes i add tiny twig arms which I glue under the scales of the cone,and put some gold paint around the “crown” of the poppyseed head, and on the little “tabs” on the scales…angels. Spruce cones also make good angels.
    Thanks for your website. Lots of great things! JJ

  9. I love the garland and will hopefully attempt it soon. Your empty frames framing the beautiful view look perfect. I really enjoy reading your blog, you have great ideas!

  10. Love the garland…and the look of the fireplace. Going to give it a try. 🙂

    Also, your shoes…what are they? Too cute!

    • Haha! They’re a Dr. Scholl slip on runner thing. They truly feel like slippers! They don’t have the black corduroy any longer (I should have bought 2!!) but they may have others close. Got these at Sears 2 years ago.

  11. Fabulous! And the more I stare at the twigs,the more I realize if you spray paint them a cream color,they would look like bones!! For a great Halloween garland!!

  12. Greetings from southern Ontario, Donna! I found your blog a year ago & just had to take time to say how much I love your unique ideas!! They are clever, so original & not the “same old” you see everyone copying from Pinterest. I love your Christmas tree, garlands, mantel & your “gear Christmas tree” & like that your projects aren’t strictly December items that have to go in storage in the New Year. I’m having a bit of a dilemma and am asking your opinion …. I moved into a condo and find that the glam look (mirrored tray, mercury glass candleholders, etc.) really suit the living/dining areas BUT I adore your natural woodsy look too. Do you feel the two can be combined? I like the contrast of say, a fancy gilt frame leaned against a stone fireplace so maybe my instincts are saying “yes” but would like your thoughts too whenever you get a chance to reply. Keep up your fantastic (and unique!!) work!

    • Hi Elaine! I absolutely think sparkle and rustic can combine! Try more tarnished finishes if that’s more your thing? I’ve always loved the juxtaposition of new and old, so I don’t really go by any set rules. Just do what I like! 🙂

      • Yes, letting silver pieces, etc. acquire some tarnish sort of “marries” the two – the glam AND the rustic – doesn’t it! Good idea, Donna!! I’ll be looking forward to more of your posts and would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

  13. Thank you for sharing the twig garland. I am going to make a couple for next year. My granddaughter gave us a beautiful little great granddaughter. Now I am making hair bands and your blog.