I saw a pinecone garland at a Christmas shop in Omaha, NE a few years ago and loved it. I also immediately said "I could make that!" My parents in OR have an abundance of pinecones every year, thanks to many pine trees in their yard so I asked them to save me some. My mom gave me two large garbage bags full and I got to work wiring them to a piece of rope. I'm still not convinced at where I hung them up in my new house but they do add some "festive-ness" to the house and they are a little different from traditional garlands. Also reminds me of OR!