Christmas tree made from pine cones

How to Make a Mini Christmas tree from pine cones!

No matter what your holiday decorating style is, there are plenty of ways to make your home’s Christmas tree unique and special. You don’t have to go overboard or spend a lot of money, either.

Pine cones are cones found of any species of pine trees (Picea and Abies). They are often an important source of food for animals. Pine cones are green, brown, or gray, often with scales or spines; some have colored husks, while others are naked. Pine cones have 2 pegs, which are connected to the seed.

Pine cones are practically everywhere this time of the year, but most of us usually just ignore them. Now with these adorable pine cone Christmas trees, we’re quite sure you will start gathering all the pine cones that you can get your hands on for this holiday decor project!

Christmas tree made from pine cones

Getting started with your pine cone Christmas tree…

The pine cone christmas tree is a great way to decorate your home for christmas without spending a fortune. There are many benefits to this tree including the fact that you can use it year after year, pine cones are very cheap, pine cones are real and recyclable, pine cones add a rustic or country look and pine cones are eco friendly.

To make a mini christmas tree out of pine cones you need several pine cones, different size and color, styrofoam, glue, knife and paint. First take several pine cones (preferably different size and color) and separate the needles from the cones. Then glue the cones to the styrofoam in any desired pattern. Then cut some stripes of different sizes from colored paper and stick them to the cones. You can use brushes to paint the cones in different colors. You can use glue to stick the cones to the table or stick them through a hole made in a piece of cardboard. You can also glue the cones to the branches of a tree or just stick on to the window.

This craft project is very easy, quick and of course very cheap to make. What’s even better is that you can do this as a fun family activity if you have little kids!

There are lots of creative designs for this project. But the tutorial we are featuring makes use of plaster of paris to serve as a ‘snow’ Christmas tree base.

Do you want to have some cute pine cone Christmas trees in your house? Be inspired to design your own by viewing our gallery below!

You can also head over to the tutorial by clicking on the link provided below the album. :)

You’ll need these materials to make your pine cone Christmas tree:

  • Pine Cones
  • Green and White Acrylic Paint
  • Glitter
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Disposable Container (for plaster of paris)
  • Wax Paper
  • Old Necklace Beads (and other small accessories you can use as ornaments)
  • Tacky Glue

And these tools:

  • Paintbrush

Making a pine cone into a Christmas tree is a decoration that has been around for years. People have used what they had to make this decoration. Making a pine cone Christmas tree is not difficult to do. The most important factor to remember is that these trees are not a one day project. They need some time to be shaped and dried out before they will remain in the shape that you want them to be in. You may want to make this tree for a special person for Christmas. My family has always made them for each other. It is a great way to decorate for Christmas.

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In summary, although Christmas trees are usually made from evergreen trees, you can ‘save a tree’ by using pine cones instead! They are lovely, can be highly personalised and are sustainable :)

While you’re here, why not learn how to make gorgeous Christmas decorations from seashells?

You can get step-by-step instructions from Natalie over at smART Class!

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