Pinecones from Colorado come in handy when you're crafting at Christmas time. When I was in elementary school, I remember our art teacher bringing in these giant pinecones for us to decorate as Christmas trees. It was so much fun! In fact, I've told my boys that if my mom still has that pinecone Christmas tree, I'll show it to them when we visit next. It's a fun holiday craft for kids that will really let their creativity shine.
The best part is you only need a few supplies, and most of them, you may already have stuffed in a craft drawer somewhere. Don't just let the kids craft this one; you get in on the fun too. I sure did!
Supplies You'll Need to Decorate a Pinecone Christmas Tree
- Pinecones (and don't worry, they don't have to be huge)
- Glue (we used Elmer's Craft Bond with Dixie cups and Q-tips, tip below)
- Small paint brush
- Aleene's Glitter Snow
- Glitter Dust or spray
- Pipe cleaners (the more sparkly, the better)
- Pom poms, sequins, beads, tiny bells, and other embellishments
Instructions for Creating a Pinecone Christmas Tree
Clean off your pinecones, making sure they're clear of any dirt or li'l critters… Hey, you never know. Start by wrapping pipe cleaners around and through the pinecone, acting as a tinsel of sorts. The next step is the best, and here's a tip if you're working with younger kids. I read this somewhere years ago. Get a few Dixie cups, pour a little glue in, and use Q-tips to apply the glue for all your embellishments. So much easier and less mess! This is the best part. You can apply all sorts of embellishments, as many as your heart desires.
Finally, finish off your Christmas tree by using a small paint brush to apply Glitter Snow, or spray on some Glitter Dust.
This may require a 24 hour drying process, so just be aware…this is your last step.
Finally, stand back and admire your creation. We had a lot of fun with this, Jaden especially. One of his trees was quite unique. Jacob, of course, had to make it into a competition; he does that with most things these days. Now we have something to pull out of our Christmas boxes every year and remember the good times we've had. Christmas school rocks!
Watch and make the craft right along with me!
Want to save this craft for later? Pin it to your Christmas boards!