Pine Cone Christmas Tree Craft

Miniature Christmas trees are fun to make to place on a mantel or table for some festive holiday decor.  A pine cone Christmas tree brings in some rustic nature that is especially warm and decorative Christmas.

This craft is so easy that you will be wanting to make several to place all around your house.  These would also be fun to give as gifts.  You could also use scented pine cones to fill your house with a fragrant aroma for the whole holiday season.  I love the cinnamon scented pine cones!

DIY Pine Cone Christmas Tree

Materials Needed

  • Stryofoam cone
  • pile of small pine cones, found or store bought – SHOP CINNAMON PINE CONES
  • hot glue and gun
  • berry picks
  • 48 inches thin gold ribbon
  • brown paint


Before doing anything, paint the Styrofoam cone brown. It’s too hard to completely cover the entire cone with pine cones without having any of the Styrofoam show through. You will see in these pictures that I did not paint my cone first. The gaps are actually a lot less noticeable in real life than in the pictures but to avoid the problem, just paint the cone first. I ended going back and dabbing some brown paint in where the Styrofoam showed through. This was not fun and would have been a lot easier to do the painting at the front end.

pine cone Christmas tree


Set your cone upright.   Adhere a pine cone to the bottom of the Styrofoam cone using hot glue at the base of the pine cone.  Continue attaching pine cones working your way from the bottom of the Styrofoam cone to the top.  Place one more pine cone, upright, at the top of the Styrofoam.

pine cone Christmas tree


Insert your berry picks into the styrofoam in between the pine cones to help fill in the gaps.  The stem of the berry will just stick into the foam.  You can add a little tacky glue to the end of the pick before inserting it into the foam.

pine cone Christmas tree


Cut your gold ribbon in half.  Tie each half around the top of the tree in a bow.  Let the two ends from each bow hang down, all the way to the bottom of the tree.  Attach the ribbon to the tree, with a little glue, in spots to keep it in place.

More Options

pine cone Christmas tree


As an option, you could add some more embellishments like this rusty star topper to the tree.  I simply twisted the wire end around the top pine cone.  You could also add some snow-tex to the ends of the pine cones for a more outdoor wintry look.  You can definitely make this craft your own by the way you decide to decorate your pine cone Christmas tree.

When you are finished you will end up with a tree like this.

diy pine cone Christmas tree

If you like working with pine cones, make sure to check out my post on pine cone crafts for Christmas.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

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  1. I love it. I may attempt to make it with large, full sized pine cones.
    Thank you for the idea.

  2. I’m going to attempt to make this for my centerpiece of my dining room table @ Christmas

    1. Great! That will be perfect as a centerpiece 🙂

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