-First, bake the cones on a foil-lined cookie sheet for about 45 minutes to an hour at 200 degrees. This kills any bugs or spider mites that live in them. This also allows the seeds to fall out and sap to dry up.
-Paint your pine cones
-Wrap the wire around the bottom of the cone, slipping the wire between the open scales.
-Tie staggering ribbon lengths to pine cones and tie all together at the top.