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Updated on February 27, 2012

Mini-Pinecones - A Natural Decoration For Christmas


There Are Many Uses For Mini-Pinecones At Christmas

Using natural resources is just about the most beautiful and most inexpensive way there is to decorate for Christmas.

We have a beautiful evergreen tree in our front yard that prolifically produces little cones about the size of a marble. They fascinate me. They are round with a bit of a cone shape. They reach perfection, but in a much smaller scale than their larger cousins.

I see so many possibilities in these miniature wonders. Christmas decorating is my first thought as the pine scent reminds me of the holidays. They have a much stronger aroma than their bigger relatives. No matter what time of year I'm gathering them, I am always reminded of Christmas.

Mini pinecones can be incorporated into any holiday theme. If you're blessed to have access to a tree that produces cones, enjoy what nature has to offer. If not, plant one and be patient. The wait is worth it. Many varieties produce a plethora of cone shapes, making crafting and decorating possibilities endless.

Here are a few ways to use mini pinecones for Christmas decorating:

1. Spray paint. Any color would be beautiful. Paint the entire cone or just the tips white to look like they've been kissed by snow.

2. Glue several together to make a Christmas ball the size of your choice. If supply is limited, glue to a styrofoam ball.

3. Fill a container, interspersing tinsel, christmas lights or other ornaments of choice. All natural is appealing with only a sprig of greenery at the base of the container.

4. Incorporate into focal points on wreaths, garlands, and centerpieces. Cluster them together or attach sporadically throughout your arrangement.

5. Use your imagination. Do you see small Christmas critters or little people? Larger cones are used to create forest animals and such, why not do the same with these little guys? How about a Christmas village of little cone people?

Whatever you choose, enjoy the harvest, the creating, and certainly, the finished product.

Mini Pinecones and Popcorn Star
Mini Pinecones and Popcorn Star


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    • kmaskreations profile image

      kmaskreations 6 years ago

      Thanks Dolores. I checked out the Dawn Redwood but that's not it either. I've given up on naming it and am just enjoying it's gifts.

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I have a Dawn Redwood that produces cute little cones. I wonder if yours are from a Hemlock. Those are pretty tiny. Great tips!