Pine cone Christmas Tree Ornaments in sparkling jewel tones are easy and inexpensive to make with outdoor pinecones and acrylic paints.

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How to make a pine cone Christmas tree in sparkling jewel tones 

Hi, friends! I’m here today to share a fun holiday project with you! It’s the first Tuesday of the month which means it’s time for the December Create with Me DIY Challenge! This fun challenge is where you, our readers, vote on the projects we’ll work on each month, so be sure to scroll to the very last bit of this post to vote for next month’s project theme before you go!

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This month our material was pinecones. Pinecones are such a great crafting tool, especially during this time of year. And, since I have Christmas on the brain, a Christmas project is what I’m sharing today – specifically,  Christmas Pinecone Trees!

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These couldn’t be more simple to create and the materials to make them and very inexpensive, especially if you are lucky enough to live in an area that has pine trees. Or rather, I live near an area that has a ton of pine trees. My son takes therapeutic horseback riding lessons on a farm nearby that happens to have an over abundance of pine trees and cones. During his last lesson, I arrived toting a bucket! #anythingforcrafting

I was inspired by, and love, love the bottle brush trees that are so popular these last few Holiday seasons. Even more than the shape and texture of the trees I love the colors!

To make some yourself you’ll need:

How to clean and dry pine cones

1. If you are using outdoor pine cones, start by baking them on a cookie sheet in a 200-degree oven for 30 minutes. Baking will kill off any varmints! Then, carefully remove the “petals” of each pine cone at the base.

2. Create your cones using varying heights according to the template instructions.

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3. Using a glue gun, attach the petals point side facing towards you and down, starting at the bottom and moving around the bottom edge. Continue to add petals, moving upwards in rows, spacing them out evenly as you work until you’ve completed the tree.


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4. Paint the trees in the color or colors of your choice. Let dry.


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5. If using glitter, dot each petal with all-purpose glue and sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.


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I love how these turned out and am so excited to display them on my dining table this Christmas!

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  1. Sarah Pawlak on December 7, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    These trees are SO cute! What a creative way to use the pinecones. I really like the colors you chose, especially that pink!

  2. Michelle James on December 8, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    These are so unbelievably cool!! Love the size & the colors are great!

  3. Samantha on December 8, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    These are super cute! I need to make one for my tree collection on my mantel!

  4. Ariel Garneau on December 9, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    This looks so so so time consuming, but it also looks exactly like something I'd do! Pinned!

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