Pine cones are in abundance in Autumn, so fitting for an Autumn Jubilee crafting project. I have so many pine cones it is fun to find a way to use a lot at once. For a centerpiece, I thought this wire basket would make a good base for a pine cone basket. The wire basket isn’t in that great of shape, it really could use a coat of spray paint for the tarnished area on the bottom, but covering the pearls would be a pain. The pearls would peek between the pine cones, though, adding a bit of bling.
I wrapped the pine cones individually with fine gauge wire, twisting the wire deep inside the pine cone so it wouldn’t be seen.
Twist the ends around a section of the wire basket, bending the ends back into the pine cone for safety.
The second pine cone is placed up against the first one.
And then add the third.
Keep going, pushing the pine cones together tightly.
Now about halfway around, this project is going to take more than a dozen, whoopee!!
From the front side, the wires are practically invisible.
Keep wiring the pine cones until the entire outside of the basket is covered.
Next, wire a large piece of foam in the basket. I keep the cellophane on it to keep it from crumbling, and just punch the artificial flowers through it.
A note on floral arranging, I use odd numbers of an odd number of items, placing the largest ones first.
I add more flowers and then fill in the blank spots with leaf picks.
I noticed a bit of open spot as I put the centerpiece on the table, and added another leaf pick to cover that.
There are a few green leaves stuffed into the edges to completely cover the foam. The piece is placed in the center of a tablescape done for a planned luncheon.
This tablescape is essentially just a rework of the previous Autumn Tablescape, with the center pumpkin removed, and my pumpkin bowls replacing the salad plates.
Golden flatware, harvest gold napkins with gold metal and brown beaded napkin rings and my copper chargers with white china sit on my harvest plaid placemats. I am planning a white bean and ham soup for the pumpkin bowls.
Here’s some other pine cone projects from previous years – Just click on the picture to see the projects.
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