Making Pinecone Christmas Trees
Pinecones used either alone or in clusters can be decorated to make delightful mini Christmas trees. This is a guide about making pinecone Christmas trees
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August 29, 20070 found this helpful
These are little Christmas trees made of pine cones. I recommend this craft for kids 8 and over. These take about 2 to 2 1/2 hours to make.
- 2 to 4 inch pine cones, with or without a stem
- a Popsicle stick
- hot glue gun
- several sizes and colors of small beads
- green acrylic paint
- small paint brush
- To make the Christmas tree stand, break or cut 2 inch pieces of Popsicle sticks and cross them over each other to make an X. Use hot glue to glue them together where they cross. Be careful not to touch the glue. It is HOT!.
- To level the "stand" put a dab of glue on the bottom end of each top Popsicle stick. Flip it over quickly while the glue it hot and press it lightly on a flat surface to flatten the glue and hold it there a few seconds while the glue sets. Lift it carefully and turn it back over.
- Put a small amount of glue on the center of the X and place the bottom of the pine cone into the glue and hold it there until the glue sets.
- Paint the pine cone green and let it dry. Then in each pocket of the pine cone, insert a colored bead and secure it with a tiny amount of glue.
Debra Frick0 found this helpful
January 7, 2009
These trees are quite easy to make and they would look great on a table or any small place you would like to put them. They also seem to be the right size to go with the miniature villages that are so popular these days.
This would be a great kids craft with adult supervision. Plan an outing with the kids to gather the cones. Make it even more fun and take along some hot chocolate and donuts. The best part about this craft project is that it is almost free if you live in an area with pine cones. It is also a recycling project as you are reusing old scratch CDs or DVDs.
Time to complete one tree: about 15 minutes
- 1 scratched CD or DVD
- a bunch of small pine cones, the ones I used were from the blue spruce
- hot glue or a fast drying glue
- hot glue gun
As you can see from the picture this is a very easy project of gluing the pine cones onto the CD in a pyramid shape. So your bottom row will have more cones than the top layer.
- Start by sorting your pine cones into sizes.
- Now glue the longest ones onto the CD.
- On the next row glue the pine cones in between the ones on the first row.
- Continue until you have the height you want and glue a pine cone to the top for the top of the tree.
- You can the spray these with clear spray to preserve their natural beauty as I did in the picture or you can spray them with a little snow or glitter.
- You could even glue on small charms and beads to decorate like a real tree.
- These would also be really pretty with some silk berries stuck in the too. You can get silk berries at Wal-mart where you buy silk flowers.
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