Inside: A tutorial to make a cute pine cone Christmas tree and illuminate it with fairy lights.
Every day, I walk the dog down our local park, and the ground is covered with lovely pine cones. Sometimes I can’t help myself; I pick a couple up and bring them home to create something with them.
They sit in a bucket in the fireplace.
However, the other day I was looking at the pine cones, and it struck me that they looked like a mini Christmas tree. That’s when I got the idea to make my mini pine cone Christmas tree with light ornaments.
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One of my favourite things to recycle is tin cans. So I decided to use a tin can as my Christmas tree pot and add colour to it by painting the can with a marbled effect.
Also, what Christmas tree is complete without lights? I think these colourful mini pine cone Christmas tree looks cute and make a lovely desktop Christmas decoration.
My kids want me to make them one each for their rooms, which I will do as I have a plentiful supply of pine cones. There are many more Christmas nature crafts here.
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What you need to make a Pine Cone Christmas Tree with Lights
- Pine cone – Medium-sized is best
- Small tin can – the ones that are half the size of the standard tin cans
- Hot glue gun
- Stiff cardboard or foam
- Small piece of brown felt
- Green spray paint
- Cream spray paint
- Red nail polish – not the fast-drying kind
- Battery-operated copper string lights – You want the ones with a small 2-battery pack or micro battery operated.
How to make a mini pine cone Christmas tree
Step 1:Firstly wash and carefully dry the pine cone and then spray paint it green.
Step 2: Spray paint the tin can cream. Then leave it to dry thoroughly.
Step 3: When the paint has dried on the tin can, it is ready for marbling. To do this, in a tub of warm water, add a few drops of nail varnish to form a film on the surface of the water. If the varnish doesn’t spread out, you can use a cocktail stick to help it spread across the water’s surface.
Step 4: Then, carefully dip the outside edge of the tin can into the water. The varnish will cling to the tin can, and as you roll the can, it covers it completely, just like I made these faux marble cookie tins.
Assembling the pine cone Christmas tree
Step 5: Draw around the tin can onto the cardboard and felt and cut out a disc of each material to fit the top of the tin can. Glue the discs together and pierce a small hole through the disc to one side. Thread the copper string lights through this hole.
Step 6: Using a hot glue gun, glue the pine cone to the centre of the felt disc. Then wrap the string lights around the pine cone Christmas tree.
Step 7: Place the battery pack inside the marble tin can and then place the tree on top as a lid.
All that is left to do is to switch on the lights. My son loves having his own personal Christmas tree on his desk. It’s just a little fun festive touch he was looking for.
To make the Pine cone Christmas tree feel even more festive then, add a small star to the top of the tree.
There are many more painted pine cone ideas here.