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Set to deliver an Autumn Wreath workshop for Spare Parts Art Space in Mornington as part of their '22 Easter Holiday program, I was disappointed after becoming a COVID close contact only days before the class resulting in cancellation.


With the workshop set to feature one of my new favourite makes - the paper pinecone - I was determined to find a way to share the DIY during my isolation, and well, that's how the blog portion of the website was born!

 

Below you'll find everything to make your very own, and if you're anything like me, you might just end up making a whole family of them!

You'll need:

Pinecone Template

Brown Paper

Wooden Beads
Florist Wire
Hole Punch
Scissors 
Glue
Pencil

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Print your Pinecone Template and cut out your choice of Cone Scale (there are 3 sizes to choose from) and paper bead.

 

Trace 9 cone scales and five paper beads onto some brown paper, and cut out. 

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Pop 2 Cone Scales to the side, and punch a hole in the centre of the 7 others.

 

If you don't have a hole punch you can pierce a small hole with something sharp, or cut out a little 'x' using a scalpel blade. 

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Next, using either your thumb or a pencil/tip of a paintbrush, furl up the edges of each Scale of the 7 you'd just hole punched.

 

To do this, think about how you curl ribbon with scissors, and mimic that action with your hand.    

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Now to turn the paper strips into beads! To do this, tightly wrap the paper strip around the end of a paintbrush or pencil and pop a little bit of glue on the end. Repeat with all 5.

This task can be a little tricky (as the rolled up paper wants to pop out!), but stick with it and you'll get there!

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Turning our attention to the untouched Cone Scales that will become the top of the pinecone. Simply cut 1 'petal' out of a Cone Scale, and 2 out of the other.

 

From there, create a cone shape by overlapping the Cone Scales on either side of your cut and glue them together. To finish prep for these you'll need to snip a tiny hole at the end. 

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Finally, make the stem by feeding the bead onto the floristry wire. 

If you get wire similar to mine (that has a craft paper coating), it'll sit in place just by wrapping the wire over. Otherwise, use a dab of glue to hold in place.

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It's time to assemble! Starting with your tapered Cone Scales, slide the

3-point onto the wire so it cradles the bead, followed by the 4-point. 

Then go ahead and slide on your first hole punched piece. For the most realistic look, you'll want to turn each piece so it sits in the gaps of the piece before it.

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After the third Cone Scale, begin alternating between your paper beads and Cone Scales.

If you have wire similar to mine, it will hold the pieces in place. Otherwise a dab of glue between the beads and Cone Scales will help it stay in place. 

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You'll have one final Cone Scale to place immediately after the previous Scale in this method - this helps thicken out the base of your pinecone.

And you're done! You can alternate the number of Cone Scales, scale of Cone Scale and thickness of the paper beads to create a variation of Pinecones.   

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