Pine Cone Door Decoration

A front door wreath for winter can be puzzling.  I have made many wreaths for spring, summer, and fall, but not so many for winter.   An easy idea that I came up with to decorate my door for winter is a Pine Cone Door Decoration.Tutorial to make a pine cone door decoration

 Pine Cone Door Decoration

Pine cones hang from ribbons of varying lengths from a 3M door hanger that stays on our door year round.Winter door decor with pine cones hanging from satin ribbon

The pine cones that I used for this project are ones that I collected in North Carolina.  In my area of Virginia I have not run across any pines that produce cones this large.  Mr. SP has gotten used to me collecting pine cones when we are traveling. 

The pine cone door decoration even looks pretty from the inside of our door.Pine cones hanging from ribbons used for a winter front door decoration

How to Make a Pine Cone Door Decoration

Pine Cone Door Decoration

Pine cones hanging from ribbons on a front door

Learn how to make a beautiful pine cone door decoration that looks lovely on a door for winter.

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Estimated Cost $12


  • Drill


  1. Drill a hole into the top of each pine cone with a drill bit matching the size of the shank of the screw eye.
  2. Twist a screw eye hook into each pine cone.
  3. Add ribbon to each pine cone threading it through the eye hook and tieing a single knot at the top of the ribbon length. Two ribbon lengths are cut so that they measure 13" from the top of the screw eye to the knot. Three ribbon lengths are cut so that they measure 11" from the top of the screw eye to the knot. One ribbon length is cut so to measure 9" from the top of the screw eye to the knot. Two ribbon lengths are cut so that they measure 7 ½" from the top of the screw eye to the knot.
  4. Hang a 3M outdoor door hanger on door following package directions.
  5. Hang the two 13" ribbons with pine cones attached from the 3M hook. Then add one of the 11" ribbon placing the pine cone with the 11" ribbon in the middle.
  6. Add the other two 11" ribbon lengths with pine cones, placing these on either side of the 11" ribbon in the middle.Pine cones hanging on a door with ribbon.
  7. Layer on the 9" ribbon pine cone and the two 7 ½" pine cones.
  8. Tie a bow around the 3M hanger to conceal the ribbon knots using the 1 ½" ribbon.


Vary the ribbon lengths to please your eye and to look good on your door.

I really like how this pine cone door decoration looks on our home for a winter.Pine cone door decoration hanging on a chippendale door

This idea could also be used for Christmas or Valentine’s Day with red ribbon or green ribbon for St. Patrick’s Day.

This will grace my door during January and in February I’ll switch it to a Valentine’s Day wreath.  I’m hoping that we soon will get some snow so that I can see how this looks on our door with snow as a contrast.

*I first published this post in 2011.  This is an updated version with new pictures and printable directions.*


  1. Simply….lovely! I created the same pinecone hanger but I used a plaid ribbon. I like your wintery blue.

  2. Great idea – I may have to try that next holiday season on the mailbox.
    Hope you’ll come see the picture wall I helped DD2 create in her home.


  3. This is a darling and creative idea. It is such a welcome change to the “wreath on the door” look. Thanks for showing us how you created this stunning look! ~Susie

  4. Very cute indeed!

    When we just moved in September, I THREW OUT two tall popcorn tins FULL of large pine cones like that! I was downsizing and they just had to go – – –

    Well, I didn’t just throw them away, I gave them to a friend who has an antique shop, so she could sell them in her shop in the tin.

    I think I’d like enough of them back to make something like that for our front door!

  5. Hi Paula, What a great idea for something different on a door after Christmas! Love it!

    I need to follow your fitness Fridays. I have got to start doing something before I get fat! I have never been that into exersizing but I think now is the time!

    Thanks for the inspiration! Kristen

  6. The pine cones are a great alternative to a wreath. Inexpensive and easy to make – the perfect kind of project! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Great idea. This is something I might use to get rid of all those scented pinecones leftover from Christmas.

  8. Looks great,and the blue ribbon says winter to me. I love the idea of using natural things when you can. I’m visiting by way of Met Monday, come see me sometime.

  9. That is gorgeous! I never would’ve thought to use pine cones hanging like that. I love it and the blue ribbon you picked is very pretty too!

  10. What a beautiful, simple, elegant, creative idea. We don’t have large pine cones here either, but I sure want to find some now. Just perfect!

  11. Paula, this is adorable! What a great idea–it’s just right for the season and so cheerful! Thanks for sharing your good idea with us!

  12. Simply cute! After our ice storm last week we had a few big branches of pine tree limbs break and has some rather large pine cones. I might have to make one for my back door. I have three doors and I only have a wreath on the front.

  13. Hello fellow Virginian! I am in the southwest corner of the state. About 30 minutes from the West Virginia border, 45 minutes from the Kentucky border, and about an hour from the Tennessee border. Love your pine cone “wreath”. I may have to borrow this idea!

  14. looks so pretty with the blue ribbon-i’ll have to remember this next year and have the kids gather pinecones for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. I love this, Paula, b/c it’s so different than a lot of the other front door decorations that I’ve seen here and there! The ribbon is the perfect touch for winter–a nice pop of color. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for linking up to my party. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Those are so beautiful!!!! I love your creative solution! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Winter can be tough to do front door decorations with…I went ahead and put up a Valentine themed door heart. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Love your idea though…I love the blue with the natural pine cones combined! Very pretty!

    Building Home with Him,

    Mary Joy

  17. It’s a treat to have a door decoration after Christmas and before Valentine or Mardi Gras. Thank you for the photos.

    Loved the idea so much I copied it. My pinecones are so small – but Im going to gather up the large ones when they fall and save them.

    I love your ideas.


  18. Hi Paula,
    I love this idea. I have a whole bag of those beautiful, large Pine Cones that I gathered at my Sister-in-law’s house in North Carolina. I have some in a basket in the house but didn’t know what to do with the rest and I wasn’t going to throw them away! LOL! I do have a question, do you shellac or spray a preservative on the cones before drilling in to them? They look a bit shiny in the pic.
    Thanks and Happy New Year!

    1. I did not spray them with anything but you certainly could if you want to do that. They do look shiny in my pictures but I used them as found. Let me know if you make one for your home!


    1. Thank you, Kippi! Every time I drive up to my house and see those pine cones hanging on my door, it makes me happy.


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  20. This is so simple and elegant!
    I would not have thought of those little hooks!

    Congratulations on being featured this week at the Homestead Blog Hop!

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