How to Make a Mini Pinecone Christmas Tree

Two Methods:Single pinecone treeMany mini pinecones Christmas tree

For the holiday season, it's great fun to make use of nature's bounty, especially if this is something you can do with the kids in the lead-up to Christmas. This tutorial suggests two ways of making a pinecone tree, one using just a single large pinecone; the other using a bunch of mini pinecones.

Method 1
Single pinecone tree

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    Assemble the items needed to complete the project. These are listed below under "Things You'll Need".
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    Make the base. Glue the pinecone to the base of the metal bottle cap using craft glue. Be aware that this action may use up a lot of glue in order to prevent the tree from toppling over. Make sure the glue has dried before you continue.
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    Paint the tree. Find an open area (preferably outdoors) to spread the newspaper. Spray paint the pinecone on top of the newspaper to prevent any mess.
    • Be sure to wear a mask if you're not painting outdoors, to prevent inhalation of paint fumes.
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    Add glitter. Before the paint has dried on the pinecone, sprinkle it with the white glitter. The newspaper will catch any excess glitter. You can add a lot of glitter to simulate snow on the pinecone, or a little, depending on what looks best.
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    Glue on the beads. Use the colored beads to simulate Christmas lights on the pinecone tree. You can either wedge the beads in between the petals of the pinecone, or you can glue them (safer).
    • If you're gluing, you may have to hold the bead in place for a minute or so, until the glue dries enough to stop the bead from slipping off.
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    Top the tree. Glue the small bow or star to the top of the pinecone to simulate a tree topper. Again, you may need to hold the bow in place until the glue dries a little.
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    Place on display.

Method 2
Many mini pinecones Christmas tree

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    Assemble the items needed to complete the project. These are listed below under "Things You'll Need". Choose a container that is pretty and will fit the foam base neatly.
    • If painting or decorating the container, do this before proceeding and ensure that it is dry.
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    Attach the foam base to the container. Wedge it in tightly and glue if necessary.
    • Consider adding some pebbles or a rock before adding the foam cone to the container. This will weight down the container, helping it to stay upright and prevent the display from being unbalanced.
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    Wrap each pinecone with wire. Then attach the length of wire to the wooden floral pick on each pinecone.
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    Insert the picks downward into the foam. Start at the base with the largest of the mini pinecones and work toward the top where the smallest pinecones will sit.
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    Tuck the sheet moss into any gaps along the way.
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    Finish by adding an angel, star, bow, etc. to the very top of the tree. Use wire on a wooden florist's pick or glue to attach.
    • The cones can be left bare or painted and glittered as described above.
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    Place on display.

Things You'll Need

Single pinecone tree

  • 1 large pinecone
  • Small round colored beads
  • Green spray paint
  • White glitter
  • 1 metal bottle cap
  • Small bow (any color of your choosing)
  • Newspaper

Many mini pinecones Christmas tree

  • Cone-shaped foam base, size is up to your needs
  • Container
  • Rock or pebbles (clean) as a weight (optional but probably a good idea)
  • Wire
  • Mini pinecones in varying sizes (as many as needed to cover the size of the cone––test by seeing how many go around the largest part of the cone and how many are needed to go up, then multiply the amount for the remainder of the tree, taking into account that the rows decrease as you move up the cone but also that as the cones become smaller, more of the smaller ones are needed)
  • Wooden floral picks, enough to have one for each pinecone
  • Sheet moss

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