You are obsessed with pine roping, aren’t you? I am. I’ve always wanted to decorate our porch (and old house) with some fresh pine roping for Christmas. I love the way it looks and hangs, the long needles, and it’s softness, the way it smells, and that shade of green is beautiful.
This year I haphazardly found natural pine roping at BJ’s during a plain ol’ grocery trip. We needed about 50 feet for draping our porch, and I grabbed one extra bundle so I could make two wreaths for our entry and screen door. At only $11.99/25ft, we scooped ’em up! I really want to go back and scoop up another bundle so I can make a few smaller wreaths for the kitchen doors.
This project is ridiculously easy, and took less than an hour to make both of them.
Before you begin
- Soak your pine roping (or even a pre-made natural wreath you just bought) in a tub of water overnight. This way, they’ll soak up as much water as possible before you use them. Pine stays fresh for a while longer, as does cedar and fir. If you’re doing the natural garlands indoors, go for those varieties!
- If the pine roping you’re looking at is brittle and dry, don’t buy it. It should be bendy and soft.
- Pine roping is made of the thin twigs & needles of the tree, wrapped together with wire, strung together, to form a long garland rope. So don’t go cutting it apart, just find the end and start there.
Pine Roping Christmas Wreath Supply List (contains affiliate links):
- grapevine wreath
- floral or stem wire (I used this)
- pine roping
- ribbons, bows or whatever you want to decorate it with
- gloves, if you don’t want to have sap hands
Begin by unbundling your pine roping. It’ll probably have some bright colored ties on it – cut those, and find the end. Tightly secure the end to the wreath form with your florist wire, and snip.
Begin coiling the pine roping around the wreath form, following the natural curve the pine roping wants to take. Secure the roping to the wreath form with your wire, as you work around.
As you go around, some pieces will want to stick out all caddywampus like, so you can secure those as well by tucking them under another piece or using the wire.
Keep wrapping and securing until you get the fullness and coverage you want. I used about half the pine roping for each wreath.
When you’ve come to a good stopping point, you’ll be able to trim the twisty-tie wire holding the pine roping together – cut the wire and wrap that tightly around the branch on both cut ends to make sure it doesn’t come loose.
Secure the end with some wire, and hang the wreath. Step back and see what branches are askew, then you can secure as necessary. I added a simple bow on one of ours (I literally just tied a length of ribbon around the wreath and tied it like a shoe… nothing fancy), and the other is held to the screen with a big loop of adorable plaid ribbon.
These are absolutely adorable, and I love them so much. Every time someone comes to the door, they get a whiff of the pine, and every time I walk past the entry, it smells amazing.
To keep them fresh, you can mist them with water (they absorb the water through the branches), and definitely keep them away from a heater vent or direct sunlight.
I’d love to hear about your decorating with the natural, smelly-good, evergreens, and any tips you have are more than welcome!! Please feel free to pin and share!