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DIY Pinecone Christmas Trees

Welcome! Over the next few weeks, I plan to re-share several of my favorite Christmas crafts. If you’ve been with me since the beginning, some of these may look familiar from my prior blog, Scissors & Spoons, but I’ve updated them to share here.

First up are these pinecone Christmas trees. This is one of my favorite Christmas crafts. It’s oh so simple and beautiful. It was also inexpensive. I had almost all the supplies for these trees on hand. I purchased the terracotta pots at a dollar store and scavenged the pinecones.

I started by washing the pinecones, just to make sure that they were not harboring any critters. If I were doing this with my kids, I’d ask them to observe and describe any changes to the pinecones. Fun fact: Pinecones close when they are wet to protect the seeds, and they open when they are dry!

After the pinecones dried, I painted the tip of each scale and the pots. If my kids were helping, I’d have them paint the pinecones while I painted the pots. After the paint dried, I put a thin line of glue along the edge of each scale at the top of each tree and sprinkled glitter on the glue to make it look like the trees were dusted by frost. This was a nice touch, but I’d probably omit it if I made these again.

After everything dried, I set a pinecone in each pot. I topped each pinecone tree with a symmetrical star I cut from metal craft foil. If you don’t have craft foil, you could cut stars out of paper. Crease or fold the stars from the tip of each point to the opposite side. Stick a star on top of each of your trees.

To make this craft, I used the following supplies:

Enjoy! If you make this craft, I would love it if you would share it with me by posting a photo of it on Instagram and tagging me (@artistscholar).

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