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Crafts with pine cones can be a fun activity for people of all ages, and in some regions of the world where pine trees are abundant, they are also very low cost. A variety of projects from campy to elegant can be undertaken with pine cones, which have a distinctive shape that lends itself well to crafts projects. All over the world, people make these crafts in the winter, with some nations specializing in unique pine cone crafts. Consider making them an annual family holiday tradition, using craft projects from previous years to decorate your home for the winter.

A pine cone is the female fruiting body of a pine tree. If fertilized, it will form seeds that will be released to grow into new trees. The distinctive multi-layered conical shape is well designed to this application, allowing seeds to drop off when they are ready. Crafts with pine cones take advantage of the fact that all conifers form cones to distribute seeds, which means that you can find them in a variety of shapes, sizes, and configurations.

Seasonal crafts include tree decorations. Pine cones can be used to make a tree topper, or strung together and draped around the tree, if they are small. Pine cones can be used plain for these craft projects, or decorated with glitter, paint, or varnish. If you decide to dust your pine cones in glitter, you may want to consider applying a spray adhesive to keep the glitter from shedding.

Pine cones can also be used to make bird feeders. Crafts with pine cones make fun holiday gifts, and bird feeders can be packed with goodies to attract a variety of species. Pack it with millet to attract doves and juncos, or use suet to draw woodpeckers, wrens, robins, warblers, and tanagers. Finches, cardinals, and chickadees all enjoy sunflower. For a mixture of birds, incorporate numerous seeds into your bird feeder. You can include bags of seed for refilling the bird feeder as well.

Pine cone crafts can be used for household decorating projects as well. Animals can be made out of pine cones and decorated with a variety of objects. Make a crèche with different pine cones to add dimension. Try using other parts of trees such as acorns and dried leaves to create interesting craft displays, or make a wreath out of pine cones for the front door. If you construct a sturdy wreath, you can reuse it in the coming years.

Children often enjoy doing crafts with pine cones because they require no dangerous tools, glues, or solvents. For an activity at a children’s holiday party, consider supplying a table with pine cones, construction paper, pipe cleaners, and other craft tools. If you put out paint, glitter, or glue, cover the table in plastic first for easy clean up.

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Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a InfoBloom researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

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I use glue and gliter to make really pretty decorations to put outside. closerfan12 October 15, 2010

@earlyforest — Oh, it’s super easy — and a great Xmas craft.

You start by taking your pinecones — you can either buy them or pick some up out of your yard — and clean them. It’s important to get all the gunk off so that it doesn’t interfere with the smell or drop all over your carpet.

Then you choose an essential oil. You can really choose whatever you want, but think about things that work well with pine. And if you’re making Christmas decorations, then thing Christmasy scents, like cinnamon, peppermint, nutmeg, or even pine.

Then you add your cones to a ziploc bag and put a few drops of your oil in the bag. Remember, a little oil goes a long way. Shake it up until the oil goes all over the pine cones.

Then you seal the bag and let it sit for at least a week. The longer you let it sit, the stronger your smell will get, but a week is the absolute minimum.

After that you can take the pine cones out and put them on your tree — they make an excellent Christmas ornament, as crafts go — or arrange them in a bowl.

You can even make a few different scents and combine them, like orange and nutmeg, or pine and peppermint.

Hope it works out for you — this is definitely one of my favorite pinecone crafts, so enjoy! EarlyForest October 15, 2010

How do you make scented pine cones? I’ve been getting in the mood to make some Christmas decorations, and that sounds like a good project. How do I do it? closerfan12 October 15, 2010

My mom was big into decorating crafts when I was young, so every single year we made Christmas crafts with pine cones.

She would come up with a new one every year, so one year we’d make a pine cone wreath, then the next year we did scented pine cones, and so on.

My favorite one though was to coat the pine cones in peanut butter for the squirrels. We did that one every year, and I still do that when I do Christmas crafts with my kids.

Key Difference: Christmas trees are usually evergreen conifers such as spruce, pine, fir and rarely cedar trees. Pines are conifer tress that belong to the Pinaceae family and Pinus genus.

How to make christmas tree pineconesThe picture of a perfect Christmas includes family, fireplace, tree and presents. Every year people search high and low to find that perfect Christmas tree for their family and for many people the early morning tread through tree farms has become a tradition. Although, originally Christmas is meant to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, for many the holiday means to celebrate with family and exchanging gifts.

When one thinks of a Christmas tree they usually have a tree that is in pyramid shape with needle shaped leaves, so any tree that may resemble this shape is often regarded as a Christmas tree. Christmas trees have many varieties, including one of which is pine tree. Let’s understand the differences between a Christmas tree and a pine tree.

Christmas tree is usually the tree that is brought home and decorated with various different ornaments, lights, and sugary treats such as the candy cane and peppermint candy. The trees that are considered as Christmas trees are usually evergreen conifers such as spruce, pine, fir and rarely cedar trees. Christmas trees customs can be dated back to the 15 th and 16 th century in early modern Germany, where the original trees were decorated with fruits, nuts and other edibles. The top of the tree is often decorated with a star (to represent the Star of Bethlehem) or an angel (to represent the angel Gabriel).

The tradition is depicted different in many other cultures, with some cultures celebrating oak trees, while others (Georgians) create their own trees from dried up hazelnut or walnut branches shavings. Some experts date the traditions back to pre-Christian winter rites, when Saint Boniface cut down the Oak tree that were worshipped by German pagans and replacing it with an evergreen tree, claiming that the triangle shape resembled the Trinity and the top of the triangle pointed directly to the heavens.

However, the exact origins cannot be pinpointed to the tee. Popularization of the Christmas tree stemmed in the early 19 th century, when Princess Henrietta of Nassau-Weilburg introduced the Christmas tree to Vienna in 1816. The traditions came to Britain when George III’s German-born wife, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, introduced a Christmas tree at a party she gave for children in 1800, a party where Queen Victoria was present as a teenager. Following Victoria’s marriage to her German cousin, the tradition of decorating a whole tree rather than decorating a home with evergreens, became widespread.

Pines are conifer tress that belong to the Pinaceae family and Pinus genus. They are the only genus in the subfamily Pinoideae. Depending on the region, there are over 200 classes or subspecies of pine, with only 175 names accepted by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Missouri Botanical Garden on their list. Pine plants can be found in almost all areas of the world, including temperate and subtropical regions of both hemispheres.

Pines are evergreen trees that can range in various sizes including being as small as 3–80 meters tall or as tall as 79 meters. Most pine trees have barks that are thick and scaly, although branches many be thin. Pines are long-lived and can typically reach ages of 100-1,000 years, with some living even longer. The leaves of pine grow in four stages: Seed leaves, Juvenile leaves, scale leaves and finally needles. Pine needles are often bundled in clusters, with commonly 2-5 needles together, each fascicle produced from a small bud on a dwarf shoot in the axil of a scale leaf. Pines are monoecious, with the male and female cones growing on the same tree. However, some pine species grow only one type of cone. The male pine cones are usually smaller than the female pine cones.

Now that we know that all Christmas trees don’t resemble each other, there is often an easy way to tell pines apart from fir and spruce. Although, they are all needled evergreens, they are quite different from each other.

How to make christmas tree pinecones

Pines:

Pines can be distinguished by their bundled leaves. The needled leaves are often found in bundles of three to five together on a branch. Pines usually have fewer branches so it doesn’t seem as full or heavy as other trees.

Fir:

Fir trees have individual flat needled leaves that are attached to the stem. The needles grow in a spiral on the tip and lay flat, and this kind of display gives fir trees their full look. The trees are often bushy and look full.

Spruce:

Spruce trees have single needles that are connected individually to the branches. These needles are flat but four-sided, which will roll between the fingers. Spruce needles are fragile and can break if they are bended.

Comparison between Christmas Tree and Pine Tree:

Christmas Tree

Pine Tree

Christmas trees are usually evergreen conifers such as spruce, pine, fir and rarely cedar trees.

Pines are conifer tress that belong to the Pinaceae family and Pinus genus.

Although, there are over a hundred different types of pine depending on the region, the most popular types of pine include:

How to make christmas tree pinecones

Looking for holiday craft DIY ideas? You’ve come to the right place. One of my favorite things to do during this season is to pull out my crafting supplies, grab a hot mug of cocoa, and get busy with some DIY projects which celebrate the holidays. I love to watch the snow falling outside while I stay warm and comfortable working on my crafts.

How to make christmas tree pineconesIn this video tutorial, I am going to show you how you can make a miniature Christmas tree using something which comes from real-life Christmas trees. You’re going to learn how to craft a tree out of pinecones!

You should find this upcycling Christmas craft project pretty easy. You will need to gather a few supplies which I have listed for you below. I have also included written instructions to go along with the video.

Regarding the pinecones, it is important to make sure that you get them in large, medium and small sizes. It is helpful to know in advance that the biggest pinecones who go around the base of the tree and the smallest ones will go around the top. That should help guide you choices when you’re selecting them.

How to make christmas tree pineconesAnother supply worth mentioning briefly on the list below is the cardstock. You could possibly get away with regular paper, but it would be quite flimsy, and probably would not support the project very well. You would more likely get away with actual cardboard, but unless it is the very thin kind, you will have a hard time bending it into a cone shape as required. The cardstock is the best of both worlds. Let’s go ahead and begin.

How to make christmas tree pinecones

Ready to make some rustic crafts to bring in the holiday season? This tutorial teaches you how you can make a miniature Christmas tree using some pinecones from a real tree. Check out our video and written step-by-step instructions to get started making this project now.

November 21, 2011

This morning I decided to make a very simple, humble, Christmas tree craft from my pine cone stash. I am really craving simplicity this year in my holiday decorating, and I promise that there is nothing simpler than this craft! If you have pine cones in your yard (or your neighbors—promise we won’t tell :)), then you have the makings of baby Christmas trees!

How to make christmas tree pinecones

All you need for this craft are pine cones, 1 sheet of card stock, book pages, baby buckets, and some optional filler items.

To make the book page stars, I used Martha Stewart Adhesive Spray to adhere the book pages to both sides of a sheet of card stock. Next, I ran the card stock through my Silhouette and cut out various sized stars. To give the stars a bit of glam, I painted them with some silver glitter paint.

How to make christmas tree pinecones

Here is a close-up of how pretty the stars are in the light. (Never mind the Don Quixote wording. LOL! I never did care much for that story. But it makes great crafting material!)

How to make christmas tree pinecones

The silver pine cones were leftover from the chalkboard ornament wreath I made last year. I spray painted those with Sterling Silver paint by Chase and love how shiny they turned out!

How to make christmas tree pinecones

My pine cones are resting in little $.25 buckets I found on clearance in the Target dollar spot a few years ago.

How to make christmas tree pinecones

The moral of this craft story is that simplicity can be cute!

How to make christmas tree pinecones

Looking for holiday craft DIY ideas? You’ve come to the right place. One of my favorite things to do during this season is to pull out my crafting supplies, grab a hot mug of cocoa, and get busy with some DIY projects which celebrate the holidays. I love to watch the snow falling outside while I stay warm and comfortable working on my crafts.

How to make christmas tree pineconesIn this video tutorial, I am going to show you how you can make a miniature Christmas tree using something which comes from real-life Christmas trees. You’re going to learn how to craft a tree out of pinecones!

You should find this upcycling Christmas craft project pretty easy. You will need to gather a few supplies which I have listed for you below. I have also included written instructions to go along with the video.

Regarding the pinecones, it is important to make sure that you get them in large, medium and small sizes. It is helpful to know in advance that the biggest pinecones who go around the base of the tree and the smallest ones will go around the top. That should help guide you choices when you’re selecting them.

How to make christmas tree pineconesAnother supply worth mentioning briefly on the list below is the cardstock. You could possibly get away with regular paper, but it would be quite flimsy, and probably would not support the project very well. You would more likely get away with actual cardboard, but unless it is the very thin kind, you will have a hard time bending it into a cone shape as required. The cardstock is the best of both worlds. Let’s go ahead and begin.

How to make christmas tree pinecones

Ready to make some rustic crafts to bring in the holiday season? This tutorial teaches you how you can make a miniature Christmas tree using some pinecones from a real tree. Check out our video and written step-by-step instructions to get started making this project now.

These pine cone DIY Christmas ornaments look elegant and are really simple to make. A perfect combination for traditional Christmas decor.

I’m always looking for new ways to decorate my fireplace mantel for Christmas. I usually like to decorate a faux Christmas garland to make it go with my Christmas decor, like the blue and white Christmas home decorations I did last year. This year I decided to go for a more natural look and this pine cone DIY Christmas ornament is an easy way to do that.

How to make christmas tree pinecones

Pine Cone DIY Christmas Ornament

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Pine cones are a traditional Christmas ornament that add a touch of nature and some texture to any holiday decor.

Since I’m using evergreen branches as the centerpiece of the Christmas decor on the fireplace mantel in my bedroom, I thought adding some pine cones would be a good fit for the natural theme.

How to make christmas tree pinecones

Of course, since I love some glam in my decor, I wanted to add a little gold to my DIY pine cone Christmas ornaments. But I didn’t want to spend too much time on them, so I came up with a really simple way to dress up the pine cones, and make them fit into my natural evergreen theme.

But before we go there, this is part of day 6 of the 12 days of Christmas series (can you believe we’re half way through?). That means you’ll also be getting a bunch of other DIY Christmas ornaments from some of my blogger friends. So be sure to check those out at the bottom of the page.

How to make christmas tree pinecones

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It’s Day 6 and we are sharing DIY Ornament Ideas!

Pine Cone DIY Christmas Ornament Supplies

How to make christmas tree pinecones

  • Gold pine cones*. I cut them off a floral stem of pine cones from Michael’s. But you could also spray paint some natural pine cones. Or buy gold pine cone floral picks.
  • Faux evergreen garland with berries*
  • Thin gold ribbon*

How To Make Pine Cone DIY Christmas Ornaments

How to make christmas tree pinecones

Since I used floral stems, I just cut the pine cones off using wire snips. However, if you are using natural pine cones, I have achieved a similar look in the past by using this spray paint* to paint them gold.

If you have pine cones that don’t have a stem, you can add one by drilling a hole in the bottom of it and gluing in a bamboo skewer* (like you would use for shish kabobs).

Regardless of how you get your pine cones, you want to leave about an inch of stem above the cone.

How to make christmas tree pinecones

Now you need a couple of small evergreen branches and a stem of small red berries.

I pulled them off of an inexpensive evergreen garland.

How to make christmas tree pinecones

Hold the two evergreen pieces on either side of the pine cone with the berries in the middle.

This is where you need a little bit of stem on the pine cone so you have some room to attach the other pieces.

How to make christmas tree pinecones

Wrap the gold ribbon around the stem to attach the evergreens.

Tie the other end of the ribbons together to form a loop that you can use to hang the ornament.

How to make christmas tree pinecones

I used fairly long ribbons so I could hang the pine cones from my mantel.

But you could use shorter ones if you want to hang them on your tree.

How to make christmas tree pinecones

I love that they’re so easy to make, but still look elegant and festive.

Stay tuned for more of my bedroom Christmas tree and mantel decorations coming in the next couple of weeks!

How to make christmas tree pinecones

A beautiful centerpiece that will beautify your Christmas table is something that you definitely need. And although you can find many such centerpieces it’s always better if you try to make some on your own and thus add a personal touch to the table. You can use versatile materials for such centerpieces, but the most common ones may be pine cones. So, today, we want to show you several beautiful pine cone centerpieces you can easily make for Christmas.

Pine cones are great crafting material especially during the fall and winter time. And since you can easily collect them from the outdoors, any project you make with them will be budget-friendly. Pine cones stand beautiful on their own, so no need to cut them. You can simply choose to paint them with some vibrant colors or maybe even add some glitter. For a Christmas centerpiece you can combine them with some garlands, Christmas tree branches, wood log, bows, Christmas balls etc. The following ideas are just some of the many possible of how to make pine cone centerpieces. Check them out and choose which one you will try to copy.

Beautiful Pine Cone Centerpieces

Pine cones already look like tiny Christmas trees, but you can make this look better if you add some stars as toppers, and some decorative beaded garlands.

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You can also make holes in several pine cones and fill them with candles and thus create beautiful pine cone candle centerpiece.

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Pine cones look great the way they are, but if you want to complement them with the rest of the Christmas decorations around the home, you can easily paint them. For instance, if silver is the main color of the Christmas balls on the tree, then you can have silver pine cone centerpiece.

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So, which one from the above pine cone centerpieces did you like the best? Tell us in the comments and do not hesitate to make some for the upcoming holidays. And of course, stay up to date with the content of Top Dreamer to find many other great decor ideas for your home.

How to make christmas tree pinecones

If you have ever wanted to know how to make a Christmas tree out of pine cones, I am going to show you how, from the base to the star to the ornaments! I also call it my Golf Ball Christmas Tree because I love making things out of golf balls!

I created this Christmas pine cone tree because I had created a big cone out of poster board and needed to figure out how to decorate it! Being a few days before Christmas, having a bunch of pine cones I hadn’t touched, it all began to fall into place for this perfect holiday craft!!

How To Make A Christmas Tree Supplies

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  • Large poster board cone – I don’t know if you can buy them or not but you CAN make one! Check out my post and watch the video HERE! I’ll show you how ridiculously easy and inexpensive it is!!
  • Hot glue
  • Pine cones – If you can, go outside and find some. If you can’t, buy some!
  • Golf balls
  • Red acrylic paint
  • Red glitter
  • White acrylic paint
  • Clear or white glitter
  • Green spray paint
  • Gold star tree topper – I’ll show you how I made this one! So easy!

How To Make A Christmas Tree Video Tutorial

Pine Cone Craft Christmas Tree Directions

Step 1

Once you have made the Big Cone , glue pine cones onto it with hot glue until you cover the whole thing. Small pine cones work well as fillers.

How to make christmas tree pinecones

How to make christmas tree pinecones

Step 2

Spray paint the entire tree green. I did not paint the cone beforehand because I always had the intention of spray painting the entire thing.

How to make christmas tree pinecones

Step 3

While that is drying, take golf balls (or any purchased or made ornament will work) and paint them red and glitter them. Allow to dry

How to make christmas tree pinecones

Step 4

When the tree is dry, paint the ends of some of the pine cones with white acrylic paint and sprinkle with white or clear glitter to give the illusion of snow – allow to dry

How to make christmas tree pinecones

How to make christmas tree pinecones

Step 5

When dry, glue glittered golf balls onto the tree

How to make christmas tree pinecones

Step 6

Make or buy a star for the top of the tree and hot glue into place.

How to make christmas tree pinecones

How to make christmas tree pinecones

Have fun with it! I’d LOVE to see what you make! Be sure to share it over on my Craft Klatch Facebook Group ! It’s Free! ❤️

So Many Christmas Crafts! So Little Time!

I have used pine cones in an unexpected way for The Glam Table Makeover and a more traditional way in the Autumn Vase Craft . However, I have made a bunch of cone Christmas Trees that I think you are gonna love!

Amazing Christmas Trees You Can Buy!

The holidays get super hectic for everyone! If you don’t have time to make this pine cone craft for Christmas, don’t feel bad! Check out these beauties you can buy!

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Remember: Life’s too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™ Stay safe!

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