My husband and I helped a neighbor cut down an evergreen tree that was growing into the gutter on her roof. When we cleaned up the tree branches, all these cute little pine cones were laying on the ground, just begging to be collected. So I gathered them into a box.
Miniature Fall Pine Cone Tree
This tree can be created using mini pine cones, hot glue, and a styrofoam cone base. Carefully attach the pine cones and you will have a fall decoration for years to come. Decorate it seasonally like I do, and enjoy it for more than just Autumn!
Step One: Collect Small Pine Cones
Step Two (optional): Wash the Pine Cones
Later I washed my pine cones and let them dry out. (Lay them all out in a single layer to dry) Tip: Don't be alarmed when your pine cones close up when you wash them. That's just what they do. They will open back up as they dry out!
You can see that my pine cones are about two inches long. It doesn't matter what size your small pine cones are-- they will just give a slightly different shape to your pine cone tree.
Step 3: Wrap Brown Paper around a Styrofoam cone and Start Gluing
I didn't want the white styrofoam to show through, so I taped on a brown piece of construction paper to my 12 inch tall styrofoam cone base. Then I began hot gluing pine cones to it, starting at the top and working my way down. I put them on in rows, angling the pine cones slightly because they "nestled in" and fit better that way.
This is what my finished pine cone tree looks like from the top. My project only cost about $5 for the cone-- the rest was free! (Well, I suppose you might need to purchase hot glue sticks for your glue gun...)
This is the view of my pine cone tree from the front. It may have taken me around 45 minutes to glue all of the pine cones on-- depending on how quickly you work it might take you between 30 minutes to an hour.
This project was pretty easy to do. I would say it would be great for a beginner.
My Miniature Pine Cone Tree turned out just as I hoped! I did add something more to it, though....
Step 4: Make Decorations
If you wish, you can add decorations to your miniature tree. I had some metallic confetti in the shape of leaves on hand.
I hot glued the confetti to toothpicks so that I could poke them into the stryofoam between the pine cones.
Step 5: Add a Topper
I used a real maple leaf necklace for my topper. (The necklace chain is behind the tree where you cannot see it.)
Here is the Miniature Pine Cone Tree all decked out for Fall. I just love how my pine cone tree turned out. I have used it alot in my decor.... I have a goal to decorate it 100 different ways, and so far I've only done about 16 different versions.... I hope you have enjoyed this Miniature Pine Cone Tree tutorial!
***I also have lots of Christmas inspiration at my blog B4 and Afters where I write about frugal, practical projects for women who like to make things for their home or for others. If that is you I would love to see you over there ***
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