CRAFTS

From ar­moires to dressers, large fur­nish­ings present a blank can­vas that calls out for a sea­sonal state­ment, and this bleached pinecone DIY wreath is a stylish an­swer.

Canadian Living - - Contents - PRO­DUCER CATHER­INE THERRIEN | PHO­TOG­RA­PHY DONNA GRIF­FITH

This bleached pinecone wreath is easy and fun to make

MA­TE­RI­ALS

• About 80 var­i­ous-size PINECONES • 20-litre BUCKET • 8 litres WA­TER • 4 litres BLEACH • 1 or 2 BRICKS or other dis­pos­able heavy ob­jects • RUB­BER GLOVES • CARD­BOARD • Hot GLUE GUN • 10-inch foam WREATH FORM

HOW TO

Work­ing in a well-ven­ti­lated area, place the pinecones in the bucket. Pour the wa­ter into the bucket, then care­fully add the bleach.

Place the brick on top of the pinecones to keep them sub­merged. Leave to soak for about 20 hours; they’ll even­tu­ally be­gin to de­te­ri­o­rate, so check pe­ri­od­i­cally, start­ing at the 12-hour mark.

Wear­ing rub­ber gloves, re­move the brick and the pinecones. Lay the pinecones out to dry on a piece of card­board out­doors or in a warm shel­tered spot like a garage or a shed. (Pinecones close up when wet but will open again as they dry, which may take up to a week, de­pend­ing on the tem­per­a­ture.)

Once the pinecones are fully dry, use the glue gun to at­tach the largest ones to the out­side perime­ter of the wreath form. Next, glue the medium-size pinecones along the mid­dle of the wreath form, then the small­est spec­i­mens along the in­side perime­ter. Fill in any gaps with the re­main­ing pinecones.

Foam WREATH FORM, michaels.com. Striped RIB­BON, cre­ative­bag.com.

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