Oftentimes I will find a photograph in a magazine that inspires a project or determination to figure out how to replicate or reconceptualize a design. One of these pictures was a miniature wreath created by pine cones. I was immediately drawn to the simplicity and elegance of this piece. Years later, as I was planning my winter wedding reception, this image returned to my mind, and the concept for our centerpieces was born!
My parents live in South Carolina surrounded by magnificent Loblolly pine trees that yield thousands of HUGE pine cones. We collected bags of fallen cones during one of our visits. Then my mum shipped extra boxes as we cried out for more! It turned into a family project to tediously pull each scale off of the cones. But eventually, with the hot glue gun in hand and some perseverance, a finished wreath emerged ready for painting and of course, the shimmer effect!
This was also a great way for our children to contribute to making decorations for the ceremony and reception as we all became more excited for the upcoming wedding!
Later, we used the wreaths to decorate our new house for our first Christmas together as a family!
May we continue to grow in love,
as we create new family memories together
in our days ahead…
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