We’re featuring another quick Christmas craft today—a tabletop pinecone tree. Consider making several in varying heights to display on a mantle or as a centerpiece for a festive holiday dinner.
If you collect your own pinecones, you’ll want to let them dry out for several days first. You can also buy bags of pinecones at craft stores. Make sure you collect or buy male pinecones. These are the pinecones that have the scales spread apart, rather than the female cones, which have the scales closed up tightly. Female pinecones won’t work for this craft project.
Directions are provided for one 8” pinecone tree. Adjust your materials accordingly if you want to make a larger one or several.
Two or three male pinecones, depending on size
8” Styrofoam cone
low-temp glue gun
white spray paint
crystal and gold glitter paints
1. Remove the scales from the pinecones.
2. Using the glue gun and beginning at the bottom of the cone, glue a row of scales around the cone. The point of the scales should be even with the bottom of the cone. Working your way up, glue additional rows of scales, overlapping the previous row slightly. Glue scales to a point at the top of the cone.
3. Spray a light coat of white paint over the pinecones, allowing some of the natural brown of the pinecones to show through.
4. Brush pinecones with crystal glitter paint. Allow to dry.
5. Dry brush gold glitter paint over scales, concentrating the paint at the ends of the scales.
Tip: Let your pinecone trees do double-duty. Leave them unpainted for Thanksgiving, then paint them afterwards for Christmas.