DIY: Make A Pinecone Christmas Tree
A fun craft for the holidays!
How to use Pine Cones to make beautiful Christmas Trees:
I am lucky to have a pine tree in my yard that produces the most beautifully shaped large pinecones that are perfect for making a Christmas Tree. I began saving these gorgeous cones this past summer knowing that I wanted to have the seven grandchildren decorate them for the holidays.
I got the idea from the internet and pinned a pompom decorated pinecone Christmas tree on one of my Pinterest boards. Of course the tree I originally saw used hand-made, felted balls of wool. I am not that industrious so I bought pompoms! I also wanted to add the wooden stars. That addition was a good idea, but painting them with glitter glue was not. I did not foresee that the children wanted the stars to be thickly covered with sparkly glitter and the glitter glue did not live up to their expectations. It would have been better to use glitter that sprinkled on, but I honestly did not want to deal with the mess. In reality, the plain wooden stars would have been just fine without any bling at all.
The trees that you see here are the actual ones made my by grandchildren during our Thanksgiving get-together. It was a wonderful project that I hope they will remember for years to come.
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Here is how my grandchildren made their Pine Cone Christmas Trees:
Time required: approximately 30 minutes to make a tree. 1 day to let the glue dry.
- Large pine cones
- Tacky Glue
- Wooden Stars
- glitter (optional)
- protective covering for worktable
- container for glue
- paper plates
- q-tips or brushes
- glue gun
Getting in the Christmas Spirit by crafting with the children.
1. Assemble supplies and prepare your area. I chose the basement garage for our Christmas project. The floor would not be damaged by any dropped glue and that is where I had the most space for 7 grandchildren to work on this craft.
With the help of the older granddaughters, I divided the pompoms equally on 7 paper plates. I figured that it took approximately 50 7mm pom poms to decorate one large pinecone.
2. I also had 4 disposable containers (jar lids work well) for the Tacky glue. I chose Tacky Glue because it is thicker than plain school glue.
Make sure you have plenty q-tips. The children go through them pretty fast.
3. Assemble the children and watch them go! Our 4 year olds needed some help. The older (6 to 10 years) children did quite well.
4. The stars were decorated with glitter glue -- a mistake-- and attached to the top of the tree with hot glue. An adult needs to use the glue gun, not the children.
5. Put the decorated trees on a paper plate to dry. Make sure to write the child's name on the plate if there is more than one tree being made.
6. Find a place to display your Christmas trees. The mantle is a wonderful choice. This is a closeup view so you can see the pompoms on the pinecones.
Did I inspire you to make a pinecone Christmas tree?
I hope so! This pinecone craft was such fun to make with my grandchildren.
A bit of advice, if you collect your own pinecones, do not wash them in water to get them clean. That will make the cones close up tight. It might take them a while to open up again. So if you want to get rid of the bugs, put one cone at a time in a microwave for 5 seconds, no longer! If you have a large quantity, you can put the cones in a 200 degree oven on a covered cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Then dust the pinecones off with a soft paint brush.
It gives me joy to see my little ones creating memories with their cousins and then go home with a completed creation. Maybe one day in the future, they might make one of these trees with their own children and remember the day Gigi taught them how to make a pinecone into a Christmas Tree decoration.