Pinecone Christmas Trees

What better way to decorate your Christmas tree than with pinecones - pretty, sparkling pinecones that is! Or, you can sit these cute ornaments on a mantle to brighten the mood in your house during the Christmas season.

This is a great craft to do for you and your school-aged child, however it may be frustrating to do with really little-ones since it require intricate work and there are small pieces that may be swallowed. You can start early for this one by collecting your own pinecone from your backyard or a nearby park.

What You Will Need:

  • A completely opened and dried pinecone
  • Green paint
  • Plastic or metal bottle cap
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Beads, small silk flowers, and other embellishments
  • Tweezers
Start by making sure your pinecone is in fact dry an fully opened. If you have collected the pinecone yourself, make sure it has been fully cleaned.

Next, paint the pinecone green. Make sure to coal all surfaces. You can use craft glue or spray-paint.

If you want to add sparkle to your mini pinecone Christmas tree, dust some glitter on the tips of the pinecone while the paint is still wet. You can also wait until the paint is dry and use glitter glue to do this.

When the paint and glitter on the pinecone are fully dry, glue the bottle cap to the bottom of the pinecone. This will serve as the trunk, and it will help the pinecone stand up if you choose to stand it on a mantle or table rather than hang it.

Next, use tweezers to pick up your tree embellishments (beads, silk flowers, etc) and dip them in a small puddle of craft glue. Still using the tweezers, place the Christmas embellishments in the crevices of the pinecone to act as decorations for your mini tree. Make sure that you push each bead, flower, etc. firmly into place glue-side inwards. Hold it there for a minute so that the glue can take hold.

If you plan to hang your mini Christmas tree as an ornament, tie a loop of string to the top of the ornament, using the upper tips of the pinecone as an anchor.