How To Make Pinecone Trees. Today I’m sharing a holiday craft combining mini pinecones with other organic elements to create decorative pinecone trees. This a simple project that you can finish in just a few hours depending on how many you want to make.
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It’s time for our Handcrafted Society monthly get together hosted by Wendy of WM Design House. If you’re wondering what the Handcrafted Society is all about. Simply put, it’s a group of bloggers who share a love for handcrafted items. Our challenge each month is to take an assigned medium or theme to create whatever our heart desires.
Jennifer over at the Cottage on Bunker Hill chose pinecones as our November theme challenge. I hope you’re ready, this is going to be good!
If you happen to be popping in from Hen and House Designs, I’m so happy you’re here. I’m loving Susan’s beautiful project of creating outdoor pinecone topiaries for her porch. We have so many pretty projects to share with you this month, so let’s get to it!
How To Make Pinecone Trees
Pinecones are useful in so many seasonal crafts. We start enjoying them in early fall, through the holidays and into the winter months. They always look so pretty mixed with other natural elements, and every year we find more ways to decorate with them.
For this project, I’m using mostly mini pinecones ranging in size from half an inch to an inch and a quarter. The unshelled nut compliment the pinecones adding a contrast in colors and shapes.
- styrofoam cones
- styrofoam cylinder (optional)
- glue gun and glue sticks
- brown fabric
- mini pinecones
- cinnamon sticks (cut in pieces)
- variety of unshelled nuts (pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts)
- acorns and acorn caps
The first step is creating a base for your cone tree. I cut a 2.5″ x 4″ foam cylinder into three sections then attached them with hot glued to the base of each cone. I find that a serrated knife is easiest to use when cutting styrofoam. (You can opt out of this step if you want your trees to sit flush on your tabletop.)
Next step is to attach strips of brown fabric using your hot glue to cover your cones. The fabric provides a good surface for attaching the pinecones and nuts. It also creates a dark background, so you don’t see the light green styrofoam through any small cracks or empty spaces.
To decorate, start at the base of the cone using your hot glue gun to attach mini pinecones, unshelled nuts, acorns and cinnamon sticks in a random pattern. Then work your way around and up the cone covering it completely.
By the way, it may not be easy breaking cinnamon sticks in half, so I suggest using garden clippers. If the cinnamon sticks are too skinny, try gluing several pieces together to get the look you want.
Tiny pinecones are really good for filling in small spaces, as well as the acorns and acorn caps. I think you’ll find the unshelled nuts help to add interest with their unique shapes, colors and textures. Because the almonds are the lightest in color, I did make a conscious effort of spacing them out in order to balance the overall look of the trees.
The last step is covering the base of the tree. I’m using brown ribbon to wrap around the styrofoam base securing it with straight pins. You can also use hot glue if you don’t have pins.
Styling Pinecones Trees
Pinecones trees will fit on almost any tabletop, shelf, mantle or use as a centerpiece. I think they are pretty enough to use all by themselves or in a grouping with greenery. You can also mix them with other types of cone trees for an eclectic look.
Right now I have them sitting on the ottoman in the living room on a tray, but I may try them out on the entry table. You’ll have to come back for my Christmas tour in a few weeks for more ideas.
If you have leftover supplies from this project here’s how you can use them until your next project comes along.
- display mini pinecones in a silver bowl on a side table
- add unshelled nuts in a wooden bowl
- mix pinecones and nuts in a glass hurricane around a candle
- use cinnamon sicks in a simmering pot or as a stir stick for your tea or coffee
- string mini pinecones together to make a garland
Several years ago I created a fall wreath with a similar look as these pinecone trees I’m sharing today. Be sure to check out the post by clicking on DIY Fall Wreath.
Be sure to follow Thistle Key Lane on Pinterest, where the boards are up to date with decorating ideas you can use right now!
Up next on our Handcrafted Society hop I’m sending you over to visit Kim of Cottage In The Mitten who is our guest this month. She’s sharing darling mini pinecone wreaths to display on the back of dining chairs. I know you don’t want to miss Kim’s project!
Thank you so much today for stopping by and joining it the fun with us! If you have any questions about how to make pinecone trees let me know in the comments.