12 days of Christmas crafts…day 12.

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I can’t believe how fast these days flew by. We are finally at the last day of my DIY’s. Hope you all found at least one cute craft project to try your hand at. I have been checking a lot of your sites out and you guys are all so creative out there. I love seeing all the holiday items you have been making and sharing with us all. It has been hard keeping up with everyone, but I am trying. Had a little mix up there with my December posts, some typos and mistakes but I was determined to do a post a day until Christmas day. I will have to go back to my regular posting of once a week starting in January. It was fun trying out the daily posting but very hard. I admire all of you that can keep that up…thanks so much for doing that. Okay, here it is Day 12 of my crafts…pine cone trees.

I always see these little trees out there in the world of crafting at most stores and thought why not try my hand at making one myself. They are really easy to make. The hardest part was pulling pine cones apart, everything else was easy.

Supplies needed:

Pine cones

Tacky glue

Hot glue gun and glue sticks.

Styrofoam cones (at most dollar stores)

Christmas embellishments to decorate your trees with.

Pliers

Green and white acrylic paints (optional)

After you have collected pine cones clean them and then start breaking pieces off with your pliers.

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This takes awhile and the best way I discovered is to start from the bottom of the cone and work your way up, breaking and pulling each piece off one at a time.

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Depending on how many trees you will be making, you should start with a large pile of cone pieces.

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Then start gluing the pieces to your cone starting from the bottom.

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Once you finish one row then move onto top row.

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Keep gluing pieces around your cones until you reach the top. I tried tacky glue at first but that doesn’t stick well wet so I ditched that and got out my glue gun and started using that. I forgot to put the setting on low temp and you guessed it, I got a glue gun injury. Working with pine cones and hot glue can be dangerous so be careful with that mean old glue gun.

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When you get to the top of your cone you have two choices of tops to choose from. There is breaking off the leftover tip from the cone and pushing into top of cone and gluing into place or just continue gluing pieces up into a tip. Both ways look good to me.

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They should look like this when finished.

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Now, you can either paint them or leave them plain. Your the artist here, remember this is about having fun and being creative so there are no rules.

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I watered down acrylic paint so the paint didn’t cover all the great colors in the pine cones. I liked the different shades of browns that the cone had.

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Alright, now it’s time for the real fun…decorating. Again, it’s up to you what to do with your trees. Plain is pretty too. The decorating part is extra fun when you get your kids and family involved. Remember to include all levels of skills and most ages. Under supervision, even toddlers can put on glue and stick them onto trees just as long as mom or dad are there to make sure they don’t pop them in their mouths. You guys already know that.

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I even found a cute Santa to add to my trees.

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Happy decorating everyone.

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Such a great idea! Thank you! Merry Christmas for you and your family! 🙏🤗

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    1. Thank you, Merry Christmas to you and your family as well.

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  2. Dandelion B says:

    One of my fave of the 12 days. A labour of love, takes awhile to take the conea apart but they are stunning made into the trees.
    Merry Christmas

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    1. Thank you, this was also one of my favorites. It goes in this order 1. Snowman ornament 2, little penguin ornament 3. pine cone trees. All these crafts came with sharp poky supplies too so they weren’t the easiest to do but I love how they came out in the end. The snowmen ornaments were this years gifts from my heart gifts. In fact, I have to get busy with finishing some more up.

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  3. What a wonderful with to decorate with natures supplies!

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    1. I love creating art with nature.

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  4. A m a z i n g !! I’ve never been entertained and inspired so well over the 12 days before Christmas 🙂 !! I’m gonna keep it short today as I’m sure you’re busy preparing a wonderful fest for and with your family….so …. Thanks for everything you’ve done this year for all of us here !! You’re wonderful blogs, ideas, inspirations and positive attitude and kindness have just been a treat and a reminder how precious and wonderful life and its’ surroundings can be.
    Have a wonderful Christmas and may only health and happiness be with you next year !
    Big Christmas hug from all of us here 🙂 !

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    1. Oh my gosh, thank you so much, Big hugs back to all of you as well. Have a beautiful Christmas, know that your pass loves ones although not in the flesh are still with you in spirit, especially at this time. I always visit my father’s favorite place around this time of year. It is out in nature of course and on a mountain we used to hike together when I was a little girl. We are going to try to get out to it Christmas day, but there is a storm coming in. I tell my family my dad has a Christmas gift for me and it’s on that mountain, so we all head out to look for a sign. It is usually butterflies and there are usually two always together. My dad’s twin brother passed away years before him and they were super close. My father felt the moment his twin brother died, they say twins can do that. Anyway on my hike for the holidays I saw a beat up butterfly with it’s poor wings all damaged but it flew right up to me and around me when I was hiking and then my daughter said mom it is your Christmas gift and I smiled and said” Yep, that’s my sign for sure, don’t usually see a lot of butterflies this time of year, it’s kind of cold” and at that moment another one flew by. Then my kids both got excited and said it’s your dad and his brother. We all smiled. Some people may think it is silly but I tell my cousin (my dad’s twin brother’s daughter) to go for walks out in nature and look for signs from our love ones. If it makes someone happy then I always encourage it. Health, happiness and all good things for you all for the coming year as well.

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      1. Thank you so much for sharing the story about your dad and his brother and the butterflies! I touches me deeply as I believe in things and signs like that too ! I’m sure that it was them and I experience things like that too with my parents and the moment it happens I feel completely at ease with myself and am happy. So, I totally get what you mean and am so happy for you to be able to feel the spirit of them.
        Wish you only the best and have a wonderful time !!

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  5. XtineBurnett says:

    This is so neat I would have never thought of this! I never like spending a ton of money for holiday decor! this is just great!

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    1. Thank you. It is fun trying to figure out how to make things ourselves. Life is already too expensive, along with food, shelter and health care money can run out pretty fast.

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  6. Happy Birthday, Angel! You deserve to be celebrated. Bring bring your special light into the world 💕

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