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)
- 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.