DIY Pinecone Christmas Trees

How to make pinecone Christmas trees
You might think it's too early to prepare for the Christmas holidays, but if you plan on making Christmas decorations by hand then it's never too early to get started. I make a few of these Pinecone Christmas Trees each year to sell and also to use as holiday decor at home. I love the simple rustic style. I initially found the instructions for the project on Hometalk's website. I wasn't able to find the original link to the project, but I'll update this post once I do. UPDATE: Here's the link to blogger Karen's original post on Hometalk. Be sure to check it out because she created a beautiful variety of trees that are sure to inspire you!

Supply list: 

Most of the items you can find at your local craft store, but I'll include links to online resources (affiliate links) for your convenience.


Remove the pinecone scales using a pair of pliers. Some parts of the pinecone are a little bit sharp, so I find it's easiest to wear a pair of gloves during this stage.

Scales removed from large pinecone

Gather the scales within easy reach of your hot glue gun.

Pinecone scales next to paper mache tree form

Affix the pinecone scales with the hot glue around the base of the tree form.

Affix the first row of pine scales to the tree base

Continue attaching the scales in rows.

Alternate the rows of pine cone scales

Overlap the pinecones to cover bare spots from the previous row.

Overlapped pine cone scales

I like to keep my trees rustic, but a little bling never hurts either. So feel free to be creative and use embellishments such as fake snow, glitter, beads, etc. to decorate your trees.

Handcrafted pine cone Christmas trees

I have a list of holiday crafts that I plan to make this year. I'll try to capture photos of the process to share with you. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today. I'd like to invite you to subscribe to receive email alerts of new projects. Simply enter your email address in the "subscribe" section at the top right of the screen. Or head on over and follow me on Facebook.


  1. I will be going out tomorrow to buy the supplies to make this fabulous pine cone tree. You nailed this!

    1. Thanks so much Ivory Jean! Let me know how your tree turns out.

  2. I have piles of pine cones in my back yard and after seeing this, the squirrels are just going to have to share. My Christmas mantel needs some of these this year!

    1. You're lucky if you have lots of pine cones available for free! Enjoy being crafty!


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