Looking to celebrate the arrival of the fall season with some front door charm? A simple pine cone swag can do the trick. Adding some rustic cheer to your front door is a cinch! Plus it makes for a fun project to do with children. Using materials found in nature, it is an affordable, family-friendly activity that is sure to become a yearly tradition.

Gather these items:

  • Pine cones (found outdoors or available by the bag at most craft stores for less than $3.00)
  • Acrylic paint (found at my local craft store for 99 cents a bottle)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pliers
  • Wire snippers
  • 18-gauge copper wire or florists’ wire ($2.99 at my local craft store)
  • Hot glue
  • Fabric ribbon

Before getting started, cover your work space with a tablecloth or newspapers in case your children decide to get "extra creative."

Assemble several large pine cones, then paint some and leave others natural. Use a variety of colors, or paint each with a solid color. Be creative! Place painted cones on newspaper to let dry.

Note: If children are doing this project, an adult’s help is strongly suggested for the following steps. Use pliers and wire snippers to twist the wire into a 1-inch loop for each pine cone. Hot glue the rings to the stem ends of the pine cones, taking care to cover the pointy ends of the wire in glue.

Tie varying lengths of ribbon to the rings, then tie all the ribbons together in a knot at the top. The varying lengths really adds interest to the piece and gives it that "swag" look!

The final step is to hang the swag from a nail, Command hook, or even a push pin. It is lightweight and easy to display without ruining the walls. These look great on a front door, over a mantel, or anywhere some fall color is needed.

The final product creates the rustic charm of similar pieces in many high end decorating magazines, but the one you made will result in lots of fun memories and some change to spare!

Making Fall Memories: DIY Pine Cone Swag