DIY Cute & Colourful LED Pine Cone Christmas Tree
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 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.
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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
- 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
- Firstly wash and carefully dry the pine cone and then spray paint it green all over.
- Next spray paint the tin can cream.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Place the battery pack inside the marble tin can and then place the tree on top as a lid.
Assembling the pine cone Christmas tree.
You might want to check out some of my other popular DIY Christmas decoration posts.
Tin Can Upcycled Advent Calendar
Upcycled Shuttlecock Angel
Upcycled Sweater Felt Garland
Sweater Upcycled Christmas Oranments
Or if your looking for more pine cone Christmas crafts there are a lot here on allfreeChristmas crafts.