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Make a Pine Cone Pixie Ornament

Updated on November 29, 2015

My Pine Cone Pixie

My friend who lives in Maine made this one for me many years ago.
My friend who lives in Maine made this one for me many years ago. | Source

Turn a Pine Cone into a Christmas Ornament

Decorate your Christmas tree with this easy-to-make pine cone pixie ornament and make some to give to friends too. They make great decorations for Christmas presents. You can gather the pine cones and acorns from your yard or a friend's yard and you're ready to start on your craft.

The one shown here was made for me by my friend, Jaye Rexford. She lived on an island in the Casco Bay off the coast of Maine. I delight in it because Jaye took the time to find the pinecones and acorns, assemble the ornament and mail it to me.

I love seeing handmade Christmas ornaments and ones made from natural materials. A homemade Christmas is pretty special. Every year when I get out the pinecone pixie ornament, I think of my friend who lovingly created it.

(photo by Virginia Allain)

Gather the Pine Cones and Acorns

(a good excuse for a walk)

  • Look for acorns that still have the top on them.
  • Look for pine cones that aren't too large in proportion to the acorn. Chunky, stubby pine cones look best.
  • Wash them off if there's any dirt or leaf debris on them.
  • Let them air dry so the pine cone opens up again.

Lots of Acorns

Real Dried Natural Acorns - Package of 75
Real Dried Natural Acorns - Package of 75

These are the real deal, acorns that have been dried and are ready to use for crafts. If you don't have time to hunt for acorns or don't live in an area where oak trees grow, you can order them online.

 

Attach the Acorn to the Pine Cone

  • Turn the pine cone upside down. You want the acorn attached to the wide part of the pine cone.
  • Glue the acorn to the bottom of the pine cone. This is the pixie's head and body.
  • Let the glue dry thoroughly. Either a glue gun or good old Elmer's Glue or a craft glue works for this.

Oops, Wrong Way

Oops, these acorns have the faces upside down. For the pixie ornament, you need the faces the opposite of these. Remember, the acorn cap goes at the top.
Oops, these acorns have the faces upside down. For the pixie ornament, you need the faces the opposite of these. Remember, the acorn cap goes at the top. | Source


Cute acorns by Earthly_Goods

You want to put the acorns so the cap part is on the top.

Enough Pine Cones to Make 3 Pixies

I prefer the pine cones that are more rounded. These are a little too elongated for my taste.
I prefer the pine cones that are more rounded. These are a little too elongated for my taste. | Source

Need a Glue Gun?

Super Mini Glue Gun Sticks Art Craft w/ Glues
Super Mini Glue Gun Sticks Art Craft w/ Glues

Use caution when children are around, so they don't grab the glue gun and get burned by it.

You'll also find on Amazon the glue guns that are cool to the touch. They cost a bit more.

I always cover my work table with newspaper, so if I accidentally drip with the glue gun or spill a jar of paint, it isn't a disaster.

 
scarf for pinecone pixie craft
scarf for pinecone pixie craft

Red Felt for Christmas Crafts

Acrylic Felt by the Yard 72" Wide X 1 YD Long: Red
Acrylic Felt by the Yard 72" Wide X 1 YD Long: Red

You can cut lots of pinecone pixie scarves out of this red felt and still have plenty left over for other craft projects.

 

Make a Scarf for the Pixie Pine Cone Ornament

Cut a strip from red felt for the pixie's scarf. You could also use a red ribbon for this.

Cut each end in a "V" shape. Add glue around the base of the head and press the scarf to it.

Add the Face to the Acorn

Draw the eyes and the mouth with the black and red markers onto the acorn.


Add a Loop to Hang the Pine Cone Pixie Ornament

Make a loop of gold thread (or other color that you like). Tie a knot. Work the knot into the upper part of the pine cone with the the open loop at the back by the head. Hang it on the Christmas tree. Now, you are done!

You can use regular thread or slightly fancier and heavier gold thread.
You can use regular thread or slightly fancier and heavier gold thread. | Source

Further Ideas for Pine Cone Christmas Crafts

Make Pine Cone Reindeer Christmas Ornaments - A 2-minute video for another pine cone craft

You'll need googly eyes, a hot glue gun, brown felt, a red pom-pom, pipe cleaners.

Creative Arts by Charles Leonard Wiggle Eyes, Peel'n Stick, Black, Assorted Sizes, 100/Bag (64530)
Creative Arts by Charles Leonard Wiggle Eyes, Peel'n Stick, Black, Assorted Sizes, 100/Bag (64530)

If you liked the craft in the video above, here are some googly eyes for it. Use your imagination and come up with new creative creatures using pine cones and googly eyes.

 

More Pine Cones, Acorns and Craft Ideas - Available from Amazon

Bag of Snow Tipped Natural Pine Cones for Decorating and Designing-1/2lb.
Bag of Snow Tipped Natural Pine Cones for Decorating and Designing-1/2lb.

Don't let a lack of pine trees keep you from making nature crafts. Here's a nice batch to get you started.

 

One More Idea for a Pine Cone Christmas Decoration

© 2010 Virginia Allain

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      These are really cute, I love the little acorn faces:) I should really learn how to make pine cone ornaments because I have four huge pine trees in my backyard. I have enough pine cones for the whole neighborhood!

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      Ann 4 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      I love these pine cone ornaments and I shall certainly be making a few. thanks for sharing.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love this! So cute. I added a link to my Pinecone Crafts lens. Thanks!!

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      How very cute. Thanks for the lovely clear instructions.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      When I lived in Virginia we had the perfect trees in our yard for making these.

      Congrats on being one of our Crafty Christmas lensmasters!

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