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Pine Cone Crafts and Decoration Ideas for the Holidays

Updated on November 15, 2012

In order to kick start the holiday season, I did some scented pine cones recently and I am loving the sweet and spicy holiday smell that is lingering in the air in my apartment right now. This started me thinking about more wonderful things that can be done with pine cones so as usual, I consulted the net and was greatly inspired by all of the beautiful pine cone decorations and crafts I found. I decided it is the perfect time to do a pine cone decorations and crafts round-up! I hope you enjoy and maybe these projects will inspire you to make one or a few of your own pine cone decorations for the holidays. All of these projects are easy and the best thing about pine cones is they are free! Check your back yard, local parks or even a neighbor and if all else fails, you can purchase them although when I looked around I thought the prices seemed a bit steep. Chances are, if you look around a bit, you will probably be able to find some for free near you. If not, you could put a want ad on Craigslist to see if anyone has any pine cones from trees in their yard that you could come and gather up for free or for a small charge.

Now for the round-up.. I hope you enjoy :)

stunning pine cone topiaries
stunning pine cone topiaries | Source

I have only one word for these topiaries I found at Somewhat Simple and that is stunning! I love how they are perfectly round and the pine cones have such a pretty texture to them. The containers are gorgeous as well but if you want to make one for yourself, you can choose whatever container you like. I think they would look great just sitting in a plain terracotta pot! Luckily, she shares the tutorial as well so go have a look. It is actually a very easy project.

beautiful pine cone embellished chandelier
beautiful pine cone embellished chandelier | Source

I have always been a fan of embellished chandeliers and this one I found over at Creative Jewish Mom is no exception. I think it's gorgeous! I love how the pearls are strung in the center and how the pine cones are hung from around the middle and the cedar pods hang from each section. Also, the mixture of nature and country with the pearls reminds me of the shabby chic look.... very, very pretty!

Though I love this one just how it is, it did spark a few alternate ideas:

  • You could easily sub smaller pine cones for the cedar pods if you don't have access to cedar pods.
  • For an even more elegant look you could hang the pine cones with pretty satin ribbon or even a metallic or glittery ribbon.
  • I think hanging crystals would be stunning. You could hang them with clear fishing line or even hang a few from the pearls.
  • If gold isn't your color you could paint the pine cones silver. I think the combo of the gold and pearls is stunning on this one.

cute potted pine cones
cute potted pine cones | Source

Look at these little potted pine cone trees I found at The Swenglish Home. I have seen little potted trees before but never potted pine cones. I think they are fabulous and look to be very easy to create as well. Simply mount the pine cones in a small pot with some spanish moss or something like that and then embellish the pot however you like with things that have that natural look. She lists on the post what she used for the pots. Some other things you can use is things like jute, burlap, raffia and even buttons would look cute- the possibilities are endless! The blog where I found these is stunning! I encourage you to look around the post, she shares LOTS of wonderful ideas for decorating your home. The photos are beautiful.

pretty hanging pine cones
pretty hanging pine cones | Source

Room Service~Decorating 101 has these simple yet elegant hanging pine cones for a window dressing. A project really can't get any easier that this! It is simply attaching ribbon to the pine cones and then adding a bow. Then hang them from a stick or branch or something over the window. I think these would be beautiful strung across a mantel or the top of a shelf as well. So pretty! This is another great blog with lots of pretty décor photos to help inspire you.

gorgeous pine cone garland
gorgeous pine cone garland | Source

I was looking for a pretty pine cone garland and ran across this one at Cass House that was made using this tutorial from Twig and Thistle. I think it looks so very pretty hanging across the mantel and love how the pine cones are evenly spaced like that. I love the simple look of it but if you wanted to dress it up a bit more, you could try tying some strips of material or ribbon between each pine cone.

large clay pots with pine cones, greenery and ornaments- gorgeous!
large clay pots with pine cones, greenery and ornaments- gorgeous! | Source

What a wonderful idea for holiday decorating! When I saw these, I immediately thought, WOW! For something to be so easy to do, it sure has that wow factor that so many of us love. It looks like she has simply sat some pine cones and pretty shiny ball ornaments in with a pine-type plant. Absolutely stunning!! Talk about super easy.. the only thing is that the pots can be a little high but don't forget about the 40% and 50% off coupons at places like Michaels and Hobby Lobby. Wal-Mart is usually pretty reasonable on prices too. Another option is to buy the plastic pots that look like terra cotta. They are usually cheaper and can be very pretty too.

I found this at Plough Your Own Furrow along with many more gorgeous winter photos.

pretty pine cone votive holder
pretty pine cone votive holder | Source

zakka life has the tutorial for this pretty pine cone votive candle holder. It is another easy project that consists of gluing pine cone scales around a piece of cardboard circle. Although the pine cones around here have scales that are more narrow, I am pretty sure they would work for this as well using a little creativity. I love the natural look of it.. I think it makes a perfect holiday decoration. For a pretty table scape or centerpiece, I can see several sprinkled along the center of a dining room table maybe grouped with a scattering of pine cones or other winter elements.

fabulous glittered pine cone wreath
fabulous glittered pine cone wreath | Source

Out of all the pine cone wreaths I saw online, this one over at Crafty Sisters is my absolute favorite. She was inspired to do this one because of a wreath she saw at Ballard Designs. I love the placement of the pine cones, it almost looks fluffy to me. The silvery, glittery tips of the pine cones give it such a pretty texture with them all grouped together. If you are interesting in doing a similar wreath with your own pine cones, go have a look. She shares how she did it along with lots of gorgeous photos.

painted and glittered pine cone decor
painted and glittered pine cone decor | Source

Jo Anns has the tutorial for these painted and glittered pine cones. Once you are done painting and glittering, pop them into a pretty container of your choice and you have a stunning holiday display. For the tutorial, click on the link and scroll down a bit and you will see it. Simply click on the link and it will take you to a free printable PDF that contains the tutorial.

cute pine cone wall hanging
cute pine cone wall hanging | Source

I also found this pretty pine cone wall hanging at Crazy for Crafts along with an easy explanation about how to create this as well as great photos. I love the polka dot ribbon that was used but if polka dot isn't your thing, the selection of ribbon out there is mind boggling and I'm sure you will find something that you will like. They even have quite a great selection of holiday ribbon at the Dollar Tree each year.

simple yet elegant pine cone place card holders
simple yet elegant pine cone place card holders | Source

I fell in love with these pine cone place card holders over at Project Wedding. Although they are perfect for winter weddings, they would also be amazing for a formal holiday party, as well. Be sure to go have a look at how easy these are to make. It's a great post with lots of photos. You could do several of these in no time. If you wanted to "bling" them up a bit, you could add some glitter or metallic paint or even just paint the tips white but the natural look is very nice too.

pretty pine cone flowers
pretty pine cone flowers | Source

I'm a huge fan of faux flowers so I couldn't leave out these pretty pine cone flowers that I found over at Blog A La Cart complete with a wonderful tutorial. I love the vintage looking button embellishments in the middle. If you wanted them more holiday colored, you could use other holiday colored buttons like reds, greens, etc. You could also add a pretty holiday colored ribbon around the container or maybe mix some holiday elements like stems of poinsettia or glittered sticks and things like that in with the flowers.

pretty pine cone candle holders
pretty pine cone candle holders | Source

I fell in love with these pretty diy pine cone candle holders over at STYLIZIMO. They are really very simple to make and I love the natural look to them. What I love most is that they are virtually free to make. all you need is the candle. The pine cones and cardboard you can find lots of places for free. If you wanted to make some and jazz them up a bit you could add some glitter or maybe add a pearl here and there. I think a group of different sizes of these these would make a very pretty centerpiece for the dinner table. You could even do some pine cone place card holders (above) to match!

gorgeous mirrored candle tray
gorgeous mirrored candle tray | Source

Look at this amazing pine cone embellished round candle tray/holder that I found over at Amina Michele. I think it is so beautiful! I immediately thought how stunning it would be as a centerpiece on a large round dinner table or other large table. I can just imagine it sitting there with some pearls draped all around with various candles scattered, both tall and short in pretty crystal motives.. maybe some glitter sprinkled around the glass. I have to say, this blog is a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Be sure to check out the post, there are many other beautiful pine cone décor ideas, many of which can be used around your home for the holidays.

pretty glittery pine cone tree
pretty glittery pine cone tree | Source

Predilections has a very nice tutorial for this sparkly pine cone Christmas tree. I love that it is made using the individual pine cone petals. It's such a pretty texture. I love the way they stack and overlap around the tree. Of course, you could do this in any color you wanted and you could even add a sprinkling of other embellishments. I'm thinking gold would be very pretty with some pearls! For some reason I keep thinking pearls.... I can't get pearls and pine cones out of my head but don't you think some pearls would be pretty scattered around it as well?

cute pine cone turkey
cute pine cone turkey | Source

Look at this cute pine cone turkey that I helped my 4 year old son make. It was super easy! I cut out some feathers, head, beak and waddle from a cereal box and glued them on the pine cone and viola! Instant cuteness for Thanksgiving :) As we were working on it, I thought about some other ways it could be embellished. You could add glitter or even paint the pine cone first before gluing on the feathers, etc for a sparkly, more colorful turkey!


sweet pine cone elves
sweet pine cone elves | Source

This is absolutely one of the cutest things I've ever seen...look at these darling little pine cone elves! I found these over at Pink and Green Mama and I'm so grateful she shares how she made them. I am seriously thinking about doing a few of these myself though I'm sure they won't look as fabulous as hers.

bright and pretty ball stuffed pine cone decorations
bright and pretty ball stuffed pine cone decorations | Source

I just had to share these "stuffed yoyo" pine cone trees that I found over at FaveCrafts via Clover USA. I think they are cute and fun with all of the bright colors. I actually have a box of fabric scraps in all different shades of blue. I'm thinking of doing one of these using some of those scraps. They could be done using any colors you choose. I think they would look very pretty sitting on a shelf or mantel.

cute button embellished pine cone
cute button embellished pine cone | Source

When I saw this pine cone embellished with buttons, I knew I had to share it. I found this cute craft over at Suzann's Textilefusion via Eva Crafts. I personally love buttons and I know there are lots of other button lovers out there as well. Though I love the mixture of colors on this, I immediately thought that this would be great in different shades of single colors as well. I could just imagine one in all shades of red, blue or green. I also think that it would look stunning in different shades of white buttons too! This is another one I may have to try.

cute pine cone owls
cute pine cone owls | Source

Okay, this one isn't exactly holiday décor but they are so amazing, I HAD to share! I know all of you owl lovers out there will appreciate this one. I found these super cute pine cone owls, complete with a great photo illustrated tutorial over at Decora Recicla Imagina. I think this one would make a great project to do with kids too. I believe the site is Spanish but she was gracious enough to put a translate tab right over on the top right of the page to translate into your language of choice.

PS You actually could make this cute owl into a holiday decoration by using holiday colored patterned papers instead of the newspaper print and other paper colors :)

Thank you for dropping by to check out all of these wonderful pine cone crafts and decorations from talented crafters around the net. I hope that you have been inspired to go out and pick up a pine cone or a few. Happy Holidays!


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      Susan Hazelton 24 months ago from Summerfield, Florida

      What a great bunch of pinecone crafting ideas. I love them all, I think I will have my grandchildren make some of those pinecone elves while they are here this summer.

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

      Linda Robinson60- Nice to meet you as well Linda! Thank you so much for dropping by! I've been away quite a while but I do hope that I will be able to dedicate some time to writing hubs again soon. Happy Holidays to you!

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

      aesta1- Yes, I love that one as well. If I can ever find the time I would sure love to try to make one. Thank you so much for dropping by!

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

      raguett- You are so welcome! Happy Holidays to you as well :)

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      raguett 2 years ago

      so cute thanks for the ideas... already got a tone of pinecones ready for decoration thanks and happy holidays

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love the candle made of pine cone. Will work well in our cottage even in summer.

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      Linda Robinson 2 years ago from Cicero, New York

      Hi Jamie so nice meeting you, absolutely love this hub about the pine cones some very unique fun ideas, so creative and interesting. I look forward to following you. Linda

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      DDE- Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed this hub :)

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An awesome idea and such creativity. So simple and whata lovely decoration for the home.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      That Grrl- Thank you for dropping by.. I love using things in nature for Christmas decorations too. How neat that you add birds to your tree in memory of your grandfather... I bet it is very pretty :)

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I love adding pinecones and other natural things to the Christmas decorations. I put birds on the tree in memory of my Grandfather.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      debfrench- I'm glad you were able to get out and get some pine cones... now is the fun part!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      unknown spy- I love them too... they are so perfect for Christmastime :) I'm loving them for crafts too! So glad you dropped by :)

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      debfrench 5 years ago

      well I gather some up pine cones . Now I can make some things

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      i love pine cones and the ideas of using it on crafts.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      debfrench- Hope you are able to gather some up before the snow comes and hope you have lots of fun doing crafts with them :) Thanks so much for dropping by!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      prasetio- Thank you for your super sweet comment.. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub! I am having lots of fun doing crafts with pine cones lately... I appreciate the votes up and best wishes back to you :)

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      debfrench 5 years ago

      I will do some craft with some pine cones. but first I have to gather them up be fore we get snow again.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      There's one that I like from you. You are a creative person and always share something beautiful with us, Including the pine cone crafts. Very inspiring hub. I love all the craft pictures above. Thanks for share with us. Voted up and pressing the buttons, except funny. Cheers :-)

      Best wishes, Prasetio

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      debfrench- Thank you.. it was fun to gather them up. You should give one a try sometime. I appreciate you stopping by :)

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      RTalloni- I'm glad you enjoyed the hub! I love those owls too... I'm going to attempt to make some with my son very soon.. those and the little elves :) Thanks so much for dropping by!

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      debfrench 5 years ago

      all great craft ideas . good work wish I could do all that craft ideas

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Such cute pine cone crafts to use for decorating. Love, love, love bringing nature indoors for the holidays! I hope I get to make some of the owls this year. :)

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      teaches- Thank you :) For as long as I can remember I've always loved decorating things and "fixing" things up. I always say.. give me anything and I'll decorate it. I just love it... I have heard people talk about crafting burnout but I have personally never experienced it... I couldn't imagine getting tired of crafting. I love the pine cones hanging in the windows too.. and I'm going to attempt doing some of the pine cone elves with my son. I think it will be a cute one for him, I just hope I can get him interested. Thank you so much for dropping by, Teaches. Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Helena- You are welcome.. thank you for sharing all of your pretty home decorations on your blog :) It is stunning!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      All lovely ideas, Jamie. You have a knack for creativity and expression. I love the pine cone way the hanging pine cones add the window display and the elves are so adorable. Vote up+++

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      Helena, The Swenglish Home 5 years ago

      Dear Jamie,

      Thank you for your comment and for your kind words. Nice to see "my cones" here, in such lovely company! :-)

      All the best,


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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      kashmir- Thank you for the votes up :) I'm glad you enjoyed the hub!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      JessicaAnnoDomini- Sounds like lots of fun! I'm glad this hub came in useful for you...Hope you all have fun doing your pine cone crafts :) I can't wait to do some of those elves with my little one.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Rose- You are welcome... I'm glad you enjoyed the hub! It's funny because when I was younger I didn't really care much for pine cones but now I really appreciate the simple beauty of them and keep looking for ways to use them for crafts and decorating :)

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend all great craft ideas within this well written hub, love it !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      JessicaAnnoDomini 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Oh boy, time to go to Grandma's with the kids and gather pine cones for some crafts! They will really like the elves. And I like the placecard holders.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Pine cones are such a simple, inexpensive way to decorate for the holidays! There are so many possibilities for them. Thanks for sharing these fun ideas.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Gypsy48- Thank you for stopping by and for the votes up! I love the place card holders too. Those particular ones were for a wedding but I think they would be perfect for a winter themed dinner party as well :)

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Irc7815- That is what I love to hear :) I'm so glad this hub inspired you. I really do believe we are all more creative than we give ourselves credit for.. I do hope you'll give on or a few of these a try :) Thanks so much for dropping by!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Steph- You are welcome :) Your topiaries are one of my faves in this round-up. You did an amazing job! Thanks so much for sharing it on your blog.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Bill- Thank you! I love those elves too.. I think my son and I are going to sit down and make some soon.... IF I can get him too. I think they would be perfect for him. Thanks so much for dropping by!

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      Gypsy48 5 years ago

      Lovely decorating ideas. I love the place card holders. Well done, voted up and awesome:)

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Jamie, even me, the proverbial non-crafter thinks I could do some of thes projects. I love the wreath! Two other favorites are the button cones and the elves. Who wouldn't love the elves? This is an awesome collection and I am inspired to try. :-)

    • profile image 5 years ago

      Wow, thanks for the feature and your kind words! :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very cool stuff, Jamie! Love the elves! You have another winner here my friend!


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