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How To Craft A Stunning DIY Sunflower Wreath With Pinecones

Looking for an inexpensive Fall wreath idea? You will love this DIY Sunflower wreath tutorial because it’s easy and you can make it for almost free. It’s actually a DIY pinecone wreath, but the pinecones are crafted into sunflowers. This rustic sunflower wreath will instantly add a refreshing fall ambiance to your home.

Y’all know I love to forage for free materials to decorate my home, and this wreath is no exception.

Pinecones are easily found around our property and, therefore, a natural option for many craft ideas.

Inspiration For A Sunflower Wreath

The idea to make a DIY Pinecone wreath was inspired by a recent trip to the beach, where I saw many large pinecones along the roadside. They were much larger than the ones falling beneath our trees, and I stopped to pick up a few.

However, when I looked at the bottom of the cone, I envisioned it as a sunflower and a new wreath idea was born.

Large Pinecones cut to resemble sunflowers

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Where To Get Pinecones For Free

Did you know you can purchase pinecones? For someone who lives in the south, the idea of paying for pinecones seems silly.

However, pine trees are found primarily in the Northern Hemisphere, so I understand that the availability of pinecones for purchase is needed.

If you have pine trees in your area, you also have pinecones that are available for free. I often stop along the roadsides to pick free flowers, pinecones, and other materials to use for my crafts.

I recommend taking a drive into the country to find your free supplies.

gathered pinecones for a DIY Pinecone Wreath

How To Make A DIY Pinecone Wreath For Almost Free

In addition to foraging for free pinecones, you can make a DIY pinecone wreath for free by recycling an old wreath.

This project doesn’t require a new wreath because you will cover the entire surface with pinecone sunflowers.

If you don’t have a wreath you can recycle, you may find one cheap at a thrift store or consignment shop.

Look for a sturdy grapevine or rattan base and remove all the old florals.

If you have craft paints and hot glue on hand, you can make this wreath for FREE.

Supplies Needed For DIY Sunflower Wreath

How To Cut Pinecones Into Sunflowers

Pinecones have a very sturdy core, and the only tricky part of this project is cutting the pinecones.

After attempting to cut the cones with regular pruning shears, we quickly moved on to larger Pruning Loppers. They have a larger open range and cut the core of the pinecones easily.

I enlisted the help of my husband, as he is much stronger than me, and made quick work of cutting the cones.

I could have done the task but with much more effort. LOL

To cut the core of the pinecones, begin at the bottom, leaving several rows of petals above the separation line.

You should be able to get two to three sections from each large pinecone. Several of the petals will break away during the separation process. Save them to make leaves for the sunflower wreath.

Cut pinecone core to craft a DIY wreath that looks like sunflowers

You will also need to trim the centers of the pinecones to remove any broken or jagged petals.

Trim damaged areas from the center of the pinecone.

How To Paint The Pinecones To Look Like Sunflowers

Begin by preparing a spot to spray paint your pinecones. I used cardboard and some wax paper to cover a small table.

Next, lay the cut cones upright and paint with the white matte spray paint.

Try to allow the paint to get in between the petals as much as possible. You don’t need perfect coverage.

Spray Paint Pinecones with white paint to make a DIY Pinecone Wreath

The spray paint will dry quickly if you don’t over-saturate the pinecones.

Insider Tip

Adding a coat of spray paint before hand painting the sunflower details will save you time.

You may need to put two coats of craft paint on each cone without the spray paint. Because hand painting is a slower process, you will be glad you took the extra spray painting step first.

Next, begin to paint the petals to create a sunflower wreath. I used a combination of white chalk paint and the two golden paint colors.

Use a mixture of two yellows and a white paint to create a sunflower design

To hand paint the sunflower design, use an uneven mixture of the three colors to create a rustic, neutral style.

Paint each petal along the upper rows and work some color into the lower petals if possible. Once again, don’t worry about perfection. You will see lighter and darker areas on each one, which adds a handcrafted authentic appeal to your project.

You can look at the video to see how I mixed the colors as I painted.

I wanted to keep my wreath semi-neutral and used white chalk paint to mellow the yellow tones. However, you can use bright yellows if you prefer.

After the petals are painted, add the sunflower centers by painting the core with raw umber craft paint.

Finally, paint the broken petals with basil green to represent the leaves for the flowers.

Add Pinecones To Make Sunflower Wreath

Now you are ready to add the painted pinecones to craft the DIY Sunflower Wreath.

Insider Tip

For this final step, I recommend a trial run.

Lay the pinecones on the wreath to determine placement before adding any glue.

Once satisfied with the arrangement, move them aside but maintain the same order.

DIY Sunflower Wreath using a recycled grapevine wreath.

Add hot glue to the back side of the pinecone sunflowers and press them into the grapevine wreath. Hold them in place until the glue sets.

Once all the sunflowers are in place, fill in any gaps with the green petals.

Use hot glue to attach the leaf petals.

Hang DIY Sunflower Wreath

The DIY Sunflower Wreath will look lovely indoors or outside on a porch. I recommend a covered area to protect your new wreath from water damage.

DIY Sunflower Wreath made with pinecones for free

It’s hard to believe this is a pinecone wreath. Don’t you love how the colors pop against the black shutter? Thanks for stopping by today.

Yield: 1 wreath

How To Craft A Stunning Sunflower Wreath with Pinecones

How To Craft A Stunning Sunflower Wreath with Pinecones

Easy and FREE Fall Sunflower Wreath Made with Free Pinecones and a recycled wreath.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 2 hours
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Difficulty Easy


  • Pinecones
  • Grapevine Wreath
  • Craft Paints
  • White Chalk Paint
  • White Spray Paint


  • Pruning Loppers
  • Pruning Shears
  • Hot Glue Gun


  1. Cut Pinecone into two or three sections using pruning loppers
  2. Trim any damaged areas from the centers with pruning shears
  3. Spray paint pinecones with white paint.
  4. Hand paint with yellows and white craft paint pinecone petals to resemble sunflower petals.
  5. Add raw umber paint to the centers of the pinecones to resemble the flowers center
  6. Paint broken petals with basil green to resemble flower leaves
  7. Use hot glue to attach the pinecone sunflowers and petals to the grapevine wreath.

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Sunday 24th of September 2023

I love how mine turned out. I couldn't easily get my hands on huge pinecones but still looks great with average and small size mixed.


Monday 25th of September 2023

Cheryl, I'm so glad it turned out great. Thank you for sharing.


Monday 18th of September 2023

Hi Rachel! ....Is there another effective way to cut the pinecones as I do not have the pruning shears or the pruning loppers. I just wouldn't need them for anything other than for this project so I prefer to not make the investment. Thank you for sharing this and all your ideas! I'm a newbie to your newsletter and other links! 🙂❤️


Monday 18th of September 2023

Jan, I tried to cut them with regular pruning shears but I don't have the strength in my hands to cut through the cone. If I can think of another way to cut them, I'll let you know. Thanks for following along with me.

Cheryl Atkinson

Saturday 9th of September 2023

Hi Rachel! I love this! I made a pinecone wreath years ago with a friend and it was so much fun and i loved it. I hope to try this sunflower one. Thank you for sharing!


Sunday 10th of September 2023

Cheryl, I'm so glad you liked this one. Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday 7th of September 2023

Well, guess what I'm picking up when I visit Wisconsin ..... and a few friends will be getting sunflower wreaths. Thank you for this brilliant idea ☺️. ...... Beverly


Friday 8th of September 2023

Beverly, I'm so glad you like this. Thanks for your kind words.


Sunday 27th of August 2023

This stunning and I am the rare person who doesn't like sunflowers but I like this wreath and am going to make this wreath. The only thing I would do differently is when I got the pinecones home I would bake them in the oven to kill the bugs/insects in them.


Monday 28th of August 2023

Pam, I failed to mention that put them in the freezer before working with them.

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