How to make a Pinecone Christmas Tree

by AEA on March 1, 2010

Pinecone Tree Decoration

making a pine cone tree decoration

     There are many different kinds of trees you can make out of pinecones. You can make small Christmas trees using just one pinecone for decorations for a small village or a fun craft for a preschool class. You can also make larger trees out of multiple pinecones.

When making a larger pinecone Christmas tree you can go about it a few different ways. If you want a fuller looking tree, follow the below directions.

1. Gather the following:

  • Pinecones (30 – 70 depending on the size of the tree and pinecones)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Cardboard (for the base of your tree)
  • Any decorations you would like to use for your tree
  • Garland
  • Berries
  • Artificial Greenery
  • Glitter
  • Paint
  • Ribbon
  • Topper (angle or star are good choices)

2. Prepare your pinecones if needed. Some people like to put them in the oven for a little bit to melt the sap; this gives the pinecones an added shinny look. Putting them in the oven will also open any pinecones that are closed and kill any bug that may be in them. Put a layer of tinfoil over your cookie sheet, and then add your pinecones. Put them in the oven at 200 degrees for about 25 minutes. You can also soak them in soapy water or bleach water for a half an hour to remove the sap and any bugs.

3. Paint your pinecones if desired. Spray paint works the best. Spray on many thin coats, being careful not to get too much on at one time. Painting layers to thick can end up with a lumpy look.

4. Cut out a circle of cardboard for the bottom of your tree. This will help determine how big your tree will be. If you don’t have any cardboard or anything else to help for a base, that’s ok. The cardboard will help with holding the bottom layer together, but it should still be fairly stable without it. The cardboard also helps protect the surfaces you will put your tree on.

5. Start making the base for your tree by putting together a bottom layer of pinecones. Put their widest ends on the cardboard while interlocking their sides and securing them with a hot glue gun. Use your largest pinecones for the bottom layers.

6. Then make a smaller circle of pinecones to go on top of your bottom layer, and then glue them together. Continue this process until you have one pinecone for the top of your tree. Use the better looking pinecones on the outside of your circle, since the middle ones will not be seen. It also might be helpful the pick out the perfect pinecone for the top of the tree and set it aside.

7. After all your layers of your tree are glued together; go back over your tree looking for any gaps that might need a little help. Some of them you will be able to fix up with a smaller pinecone.

8. If you painted your pinecones previously, now is a good time to go over your tree and touch up any areas that need some more paint.

9. Another fun way to paint your tree is to sponge a little bit of paint on the tips of your tree. White is commonly used to give the effect of snow. Cotton or puff paint is another way to give a great effect of snow.

10. After completing any sort of paint you would like to do, it is time to add any decorations that you will wrap around your tree. Then lastly add all other decorations you would to add.

You can also make smaller pinecone trees. They look great in a small village you might have set up in your house. All you need is a pinecone and some fun decorations.

pine cone tree decorations

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