Have a ton of pinecones lying around needing a new occupation? Well, how about creating a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday table? Create a Pinecone Christmas Tree from Dollar Store items and pinecones for just pennies!
So with the abundance of Georgia pinecones, it seemed that I needed to find other uses for them. There is nothing better than free craft supplies and the pinecone has a beautiful rustic look that goes well with my decor. I showed you last week how to clean and scent them*. This week, I’m going to show you how to make them into an awesome lighted Christmas tree centerpiece. Over the years, I’ve made quite a few of these trees as gifts, and they are always very well received. And cost just pennies to make.
For this project I used:
One sheet of black poster board
Cleaned Pinecones (About 40 in various sizes)
One 15″ Straw Wreath (for the base)
Assorted Christmas picks or decorations
Assorted Wide wired ribbon, and narrow ribbons
One string of battery operated white christmas lights (set of 20)
Make the posterboard into a cone by folding it from the middle of the long side, and twisting both sides to create a cone. Tape it in several places to stay, and then trim the bottom so that the cone stands upright. This will create a cone that is approximately 18″ tall.
Use the point of your scissors to puncture 20 holes in the cone. From the inside of the cone, push your christmas lights through each hole.
Set your lighted cone on top of the straw wreath, and you are now ready to make a pinecone tree.
Starting at the bottom, with your biggest pinecones, use your hot glue to attach them to the cone, butting them up as closely as possible to each other. Be sure to allow the lights to show between them. You will use a lot of hot glue here, so be prepared. Work your way up to the top of the cone, arranging your pinecones to leave as little space as possible between them, while being careful not to cover up the lights.
Once the entire cone is covered, you can decorate with small christmas ornaments, picks and greenery. I take the picks apart and glue the pieces on separately.
Decorate how you like. Sometimes, I go with certain color combinations.
I’ve made a blue and silver one, a multi-colored one, and here a red and gold tree.
I hot glued lengths of wide and narrow ribbon to the top of the tree, and finished by looping some of the larger ribbon in a loose bow and hot glueing it to the top of the tree.
It makes a beautiful centerpiece for your table. Simply change the batteries from underneath when needed. The straw wreath serves not only as a base, but will protect your tabletop from the roughness of the pinecones.
* If you would like to scent your pinecones, I would wait until after you have glued them to the cone and then spray them down with cinnamon scented essential oil. The oil may cause the glue not to stick as well if you scent them beforehand. (Scenting them is totally optional).
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