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.
Hot glue gun and glue sticks.
Styrofoam cones (at most dollar stores)
Christmas embellishments to decorate your trees with.
Green and white acrylic paints (optional)
After you have collected pine cones clean them and then start breaking pieces off with your pliers.
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.
Depending on how many trees you will be making, you should start with a large pile of cone pieces.
Then start gluing the pieces to your cone starting from the bottom.
Once you finish one row then move onto top row.
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.
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.
They should look like this when finished.
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.
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.
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.
I even found a cute Santa to add to my trees.
Happy decorating everyone.