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DIY Pine Cone Christmas Trees

Nothing says Christmas more than Christmas Trees. That’s why these DIY pine cone Christmas trees are my favorite kind of project.

They make use of things in the house and garden and require very little in the way of anything that needs to be bought at retail. 

The grand total for these three DIY pine cone Christmas trees cost me $2 and that includes the Christmas pic that is just used as an extra display. 

The only other cost was the floral foam and I got that at the dollar store (and can reuse it for something else later.)

Three DIY pine cone Christmas trees in decorative tins.

Note: Hot glue guns, and heated glue can burn. Please use extreme caution when using a hot glue gun. Learn to use your tool properly before you start any project.

DIY pine cone Christmas tree supplies

To make the trees, you will need these supplies:

  • 3 different sized containers (I used some fancy tea containers that I keep for projects)
  • 3 different sized pine cones (tall slim ones work the best for this project)
  • Lots of green pine needles
  • Floral foam (I got mine at the dollar store)
  • 3 bamboo skewers
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Scissors
  • A seasonal floral pick for display (optional)

Supplies for DIY pine cone Christmas trees including fir branches, pine cones, decorative tins, floral foam and a glue gun.Assemble your supplies.

Floral foam sitting inside a decorative tin showing the first step of a craft project.Place the floral foam inside the container. There should be some room all around it for the pine needles.

A dowel hot glued to a pine cone.I pushed my bamboo skewer into the foam to see how much I needed to cut off of it.  Then use the hot glue to put a generous dab of glue on the base of the pine cone and the bamboo skewer to attach.

A pine cone is propped up on some floral foam by sticks to help the glue dry.Don’t worry if it is wobbly.  Just put it in the container and use some long pine branches to hold it in place.  By the time you get the second one glued, the first one will be secure enough.

Trimmed floral foam under a pine cone.If your foam is too wide for the container trim the edges slightly.

A pine cone on floral foam in a decorative tin.There needs to be room around the whole outside for the pine needles with branches to slip inside the container.

Two pine branches on a counter.Trim the base of the pine branches so that they are about 1 1/2″ long.

A hand holding trimmed pine needle branches.Grab the needles in your hand and use scissors to trim the top.  Use your container height as a guide.  You will be trimming it up even later but doing this step will make that job easier.

A decorative tin with a pine cone and pine needles on a countertop.Starting at one side, insert the pine needle branches between the foam and the inside of the container.

Long pine needles surrounding a pine cone in a tin.When you are done, it will look something like this.  Take the scissors now, and trim the needles so that they are about 1″ or so above the top of the container. 

Then, gently grasp the pine cone and pull it up slightly in the container so that it sits nicely above the trimmed needles. They will hold it in place.

Three DIY pine cone Christmas trees on a ledge against wallpaper.Add a floral pick for a bit of extra color and display. I recommend poinsettia floral picks – they’re festive all month long because they’re a symbol of Christmas, and National Poinsettia Day falls in the middle of December.

If I make these again, I’ll get some floral snow and spray the pine cones a little with it. I think that would be very pretty too!

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