Pinecone Christmas Tree Craft

This pinecone Christmas tree craft was a fun project to do with my kids. Using acrylic paint, a star & wine cork, we have an adorable start to our holiday.

This pinecone Christmas tree craft was a fun project to do with my kids. Using acrylic paint, a star & wine cork, we have an adorable start to our holiday.
Today I successfully came up with a way to marry my passion with my son’s. The pinecone Christmas tree craft takes both of our collections and transforms them into an adorable decoration.

Last weekend, we went hiking in Rancho Palos Verdes. There, my son collected a good 20 pinecones. Anyone with kids know you can’t just throw away these collections. Therefore, I had to come up with a way to be rid of these bug infested, sappy cones.

This pinecone Christmas tree craft was a fun project to do with my kids. Using acrylic paint, a star & wine cork, we have an adorable start to our holiday.
Supplies needed:

Pinecone Christmas Tree Craft – Cleaning

The first step to my pinecone Christmas tree craft, my least favorite, cleaning. I am not a fan of prepping for crafts, but the devil is in the details, y’all! Trust me.

  1. Soak them in a vinegar solution for about an hour. I poured about 1/2 cup of vinegar into 1 gallon of water.
  2. Drain and rinse the pinecones. Remove as much water as possible so they don’t steam in the oven.
  3. Heat the pinecones in a 250 degree Fahrenheit oven for 1 1/2 hours. You are basically letting the sap run out and for them to dry out. Mine turned a beautiful dark color.

This pinecone Christmas tree craft was a fun project to do with my kids. Using acrylic paint, a star & wine cork, we have an adorable start to our holiday.

This pinecone Christmas tree craft was a fun project to do with my kids. Using acrylic paint, a star & wine cork, we have an adorable start to our holiday.

Pinecone Christmas Tree Craft – Construction

Now that the pinecones are cleaned and rid of bugs (yep, bugs), the easy part.

  1. Paint your tree with acrylic paints. I used a sponge brush so that I could dab on the paint rather than stroking. This process is great for toddlers and adults alike. Super quick!
  2. Once dried, glue on star. You can paint the star white or gold, but I really like how the natural wood matched the cork. Sparkles/glitter would have been a nice touch too!
  3. Last, cut the cork in half and glue onto bottom of the pinecone.

This pinecone Christmas tree craft was a fun project to do with my kids. Using acrylic paint, a star & wine cork, we have an adorable start to our holiday.
This pinecone Christmas tree craft was a fun project to do with my kids. Using acrylic paint, a star & wine cork, we have an adorable start to our holiday.Tips

  • Make sure that when you are glueing on the cork that it actually sits up. I messed up and had to re-adhere the cork to my larger pinecone. It fell over every time.
  • Embrace the imperfections. I actually love Pj’s paint job!
  • Mixing the darker and lighter paints adds depth! Have fun and experiment.

 

This pinecone Christmas tree craft was a fun project to do with my kids. Using acrylic paint, a star & wine cork, we have an adorable start to our holiday.

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