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.
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.
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.
- Soak them in a vinegar solution for about an hour. I poured about 1/2 cup of vinegar into 1 gallon of water.
- Drain and rinse the pinecones. Remove as much water as possible so they don’t steam in the oven.
- 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.
Pinecone Christmas Tree Craft – Construction
Now that the pinecones are cleaned and rid of bugs (yep, bugs), the easy part.
- 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!
- 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!
- Last, cut the cork in half and glue onto bottom of the pinecone.
- 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.