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How To Make Unique Pinecone Christmas Crafts

DIY Decorative Tiles: Pinecone Christmas Crafts

I say that this is a pinecone Christmas craft but it is really just a fall craft. However, by adding some decorations all of a sudden it’s a pinecone Christmas craft.

Come rain or shine nearly every morning I stop at the kiosk in the park at the bottom of my road for a coffee. They give out free dog treats with every coffee so Toby insists on it! There are several pine trees next to the kiosk and one of them has the cutest little pinecones.

They are so sweet that I have a habit of pocketing a few and bringing them home. Recently, I used them to decorate some fall mason jars. This time I used Plaster of Paris to make some unique decorative pinecone tiles.

These pinecone tree tiles look great on the mantle just as they are. It is also very easy to make them into a pinecone Christmas nature decoration by simply adding pom pom garlands to the trees.

I made 2 of these tiles. One I left natural and with the other I painted the pinecones green to make them more Christmassy!

DIY pinecone christmas tree craft tile made with plaster of paris

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What you need for Pinecone Christmas crafts

    • Small pine cones – 10 for each pinecone Christmas tree. You will also need a pinecone petal/scale from a very large pinecone (or a piece of bark).

Mini pinecones for pinecone Christmas crafts

    • Tin or box that you can use as a mold for the plater of Paris pinecone tile. I had an old chocolate box tin that I could use. This was a bit bigger than I wanted so I just cut up an egg box to inserted into the tin to make a smaller more square mold.

Tin for plaster of paris mold

    • Plastic tub or bowl for mixing the plaster and scales for weighing the plaster
    • Green spray paint.

How to make tile Pinecone Christmas crafts

    1. First pick out 10 pinecones and arrange them losely in a pyramid shape. With one pinecone on the top, then a row of 2 and a row of 3 finishing off with a row of 4. Use either a large pinecone petal/scale or piece of bark as trunk.


Pinecone christmas tree layout.

    1. Once you are happy with your pinecone Christmas crafts design and are sure it is the right size for the mold. You are ready to mix the plaster of Paris. With plaster of Paris it is imporatnt that you add the powder to the water and not water to the powder. I used approximately 250gm of plaster powder to approximately 200ml of water.When you mix the powder into the water you will want to have it the consistency of double/heavy cream.

weighing out plaster paris

Plaster of paris mixture.

    1. The plaster will set in about 15 mins so you will need to work with it straight away. Pour the plaster liquid into the tile mold. Tap the tin to even out the mixture and to remove big bubbles.
    1. Next place the pinecones in the pyramid shape that you designed earlier. The pinecones should sit with their bottom third in the plaster mixture.

placing pinecones in plaster of paris

pinecone christmas crafts tree in tins

    1. Even though the plaster will start setting in 15mins, leave it for a couple of hours before removing it from the mold. Use a knife to gently prize the pinecone tile out of the mold.

removing pinecone christmas craft from tin

    1. Plaster of Paris is easy to sand and scrape into shape if you need to, to finish off.

DIY Plaster of Paris pinecone Christmas tree tile

  1. To turn these tiles into a pinecone Christmas craft, use pinecones that have been spray painted green beforehand. And add pom pom trim as a decoration. I used glue dots to hold the pom pom trim so that it could easily be removed without damaging the tiles.

Making a green pinecone christmas crafts tree

Green pine cone Christmas tree tile

DIY plaster of Paris pinecone Christmas tree tile

I also added some pom pom trim to the natural pinecone Christmas craft. The mini white pom pom trim looks a bit like snow hanging off the pincone tree.

natural pinecone christmas tree tile

DIY plaster of paris pinecone tree Christmas tiles

I’m not sure which one I prefer the natural pinecone tile or the more Christmassy green one. I think I will display both together side by side on my mantle.

pine cone christmas tree tiles decorated

If you like this then check out my pincone Christmas tree light. Or these super cute Christmas cloche with mini pinecones.

There are more cool Christmas crafts for adults here.

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Wednesday 4th of December 2019

[…] several cones to make a bigger tree? This is an idea that we got from a cool project featured on pillarboxblue. The design is a bit more complex than what we described so far and involves some plaster and a few […]


Sunday 21st of October 2018

Love this. Has a farm house look, Can you provide the dimensions?

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 21st of October 2018

Thank you. You can make it any size you want it will depend on the size of your pine cones. My tiles are approximately 15cm by 10cm.


Sunday 21st of October 2018

I love both but the traditional red and green Christmas colours will always be a favourite of mine.

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 21st of October 2018

Thank you, Julie. Yes nothing says Christmas then green and red!

Brenda Jordan

Friday 19th of October 2018

I so lov your fresh ideas, Ms Claire.. I'm working on your Denim Feather project, and with six pine trees in our yard, pinecones are plentiful.. I see your pinecone tree project coming up! Thank you for the time you spend sharing your wonderful crafts..good luck the 25th..have a ball!

Claire Armstrong

Friday 19th of October 2018

Aww, thank you so much, Brenda. It's nice to hear when people make the things I post. I'm really looking forward to the 25th too!

Abraham Kuntai

Wednesday 17th of October 2018

This so lovely,thanks for sharing.The coming christmass will try one

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 18th of October 2018

Thank you, they do look lovely on the mantle.