Pine Cone Christmas Tree Craft

December 17th, 2012

Saturday afternoon typified my vision of what I love about the holidays.  My family sat around the dining room table, listening to Christmas tunes, and creating a small forest of pine cone Christmas trees.  It was bliss.

Pine cone Christmas trees are just about the perfect craft for the pre-school set.  The materials are cheap and easily accessible, the project is minimally messy, and even fairly young children can be fully independent in its execution.


  • Array of squatty pine cones
  • Liquid glue
  • Small ramekins (or Dixie cups)
  • Q-Tips
  • Craft pom-poms (sparkly are best)


The project is simple.  Dab some glue onto the “petals” of your pine cone using a q-tip, then affix pom-poms.  Voila!  A sparkly Christmas tree.  Or a forest of them, if you’re feeling inspired.

(If your “trees” are having trouble standing up – or you just want to make them a bit fancier – you can hot glue the pine cone onto a base of some kind.  In the picture below, we used wooden napkin rings we’d painted.  I’m planning to also try modeling clay.)

Buggie and I worked together on his trees.  I’d dab the glue, then he’d pick a pom-pom and stick it on.  (It was a great way to practice color identification with him- he’s getting good!)

Miss Mouse was in her own world.  I’ve never seen a craft project hold her attention so fully for such a long period of time.  She worked diligently on her tree, fitting pom-poms onto every available petal and continued long after her brother (and mother) had lost interest.

Since I don’t really need a forest of sparkly pine cone trees in my house, my plan is to take them to a local nursing home some time before Christmas as a little “something to make you smile” for the residents.

One response to “Pine Cone Christmas Tree Craft”

  1. Karol says:

    Kath, ‘member sticking cloves into apples? Not as sparkly, but just as absorbing.

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