Pinecone ornaments are lovely. They go with most any kind of decoration, and have classic and rustic charm. This DIY pinecone ornament will look great on your Christmas tree, hanging in a window or hanging from garland. These beautiful ornaments also make great Christmas gifts for friends and family. The best part is how simple and easy it is to make them. Put them together in just a few easy steps.
For this tutorial, I used painted pinecones. You can read all about how to paint pinecones on Country Chic Paint’s Blog page! The best part about using Country Chic Paint, is that it’s non-toxic and dries quickly. I used Metallic cream painted pinecones (copper) and chalk painted pinecones (white). You could also use bleached pinecones, or plain pinecones. They all look charming and rustic.
Before You Begin:
Before crafting with pinecones, it’s incredibly important to prep them the right way. If you forage for pinecones (like I do), your pinecones will be home to bugs and mold. Pinecones must be baked before use. Otherwise, you’ll have bugs crawling all over your home! To learn more about baking pinecones, head on over to Victoria at A Modern Homestead.
Baking your pinecones is easy. Remove as much debris as possible, preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, and bake for 90 minutes. This temperature will kill all mildew and any bugs without lighting your pinecones on fire. Pinecones are also available for purchase pre-baked if you don’t have access to pinecones around your home.
What You’ll Need:
How to Put it Together
Cut about 8 inches of jute cord. Use your hot glue gun and glue the jute cord, end to end, to the bottom of the pinecone. This will take a lot of hot glue because hot glue does not like to stick well to wood. Allow the glue to dry for about 5 minutes before moving on to the next step.
Cut a small piece of holly berries and a small piece of pine garland (for my pinecones, I used about 1 1/2 inches). Use your hot glue gun to glue the pine garland onto the top of the pinecone. Be sure to arrange the pine garland in a draping manner to look more realistic and pleasing to the eye. Once the pine garland is dry, glue the holly berries on top of the pine garland. Allow the pinecone ornament to dry for at least 5 minutes.
Decorate! Place these beautiful and simple pinecone ornaments on your tree, in your window, or on your pine garland! They are a beautiful, simple and an easy addition to your Christmas décor.
Pro Tip: Smaller pinecones work better for this project as large pinecones can be too heavy for the jute cord and hot glue.
Pinecone decorations make classic, beautiful and frugal decorations, especially if you live in an area with many pinecones. These make such a great addition to your tree and can be used for years to come. Make some with your children or gift them to friends. They are sure to be a favorite!