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How To Make Pine Cone Christmas Tree With Lights

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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 with the intention of creating something with them.

They just sit in a bucket in the fireplace.

However, the other day I was looking at the pine cones and it struck me that they look like a mini Christmas tree. That’s when I got the idea to make my mini pine cone Christmas tree with lights ornaments.

One of my favourite things to recycle is tin cans. So I decided to use a tin can as my Christmas tree pot but also 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 really 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.

How to make a cute illuminated pine cone Christmas tree in a marble pot. This colorful Christmas tree complete with copper lights will brighten up any desk. #christmascrafts #christmas #pinecone #christmaslights

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What you need to make Pine Cone Christmas Tree with Lights

    • Pine cone – Medium sized is best
    • Small tin can – the ones that are half the size of the normal tin cans

Pine cone and tin can

    • Stiff cardboard or foam
    • Small piece of brown felt
    • Scissors

How to make a mini pine cone Christmas tree

    1. Firstly wash and carefully dry the pine cone and then spray paint it green all over.
    1. Next spray paint the tin can cream.
    1. When the paint has dried on the tin can it is then ready for marbling. To do this in a tub of warm water add a few drops of nail varnish so that it forms 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 surface of the water.pouring nail polish onto water for marbling
    1. 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 cover it completely.

Assembling the pine cone Christmas tree.

    1. 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.
    1. Using a hot glue gun, glue the pine cone to the center of the felt disc. Then wrap the string lights around the pine cone Christmas tree.putting lights on pinecone christmas tree.
  1. Place the battery pack inside the marble tin can and then place the tree on top as a lid.Cute pine cone Christmas tree with lights and tin can

Cute illuminated desk top pine cone Christmas tree ornament.

Make a cute colourful illuminated pine cone Christmas tree to brighten up your desk.

Great craft to do with the kids, make desk top illuminated mini pine cone Christmas trees.

How to make a cute illuminated pine cone Christmas tree in a marble pot. This colorful Christmas tree complete with copper lights will brighten up any desk. #christmascrafts #christmas #pinecone #christmaslights
How to make a cute illuminated pine cone Christmas tree in a marble pot. This colorful Christmas tree complete with copper lights will brighten up any desk. #christmascrafts #christmas #pinecone #christmaslights

There are many more painted pine cone ideas here.

You might want to check out some of my other popular DIY Christmas decorations posts.

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Or if you are looking for more pine cone Christmas crafts there is a lot here on allfreeChristmas crafts.

CardioGod

Wednesday 20th of December 2017

Interesting idea! I'd decorate the pot in a more Christmas related style.

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 20th of December 2017

Thank you ?

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Thank you!

Mother of 3

Wednesday 22nd of November 2017

What a cute idea! We've used pine cones to make ornaments before but never to make the actual tree. Thanks for sharing this fun craft idea with us at the Virtual Refrigerator. Pinned.

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 22nd of November 2017

Pine cones are great for so many crafts.

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