Pinecone Christmas Tree Craft

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A classic Christmas craft for kids, these Pine Cone Christmas Trees have been a favorite with my daycare kids for years. Go on a pine cone hunt and then settle in with a few basic craft supplies to make your own.

A simple pine cone craft for kids, these Pine Cone Christmas Trees are a classic Christmas craft that kids will love getting to make after they go on a pine cone scavenger hunt! Bonus: it helps develop fine motor skills while they are crafting.

Pine Cone Christmas Tree Craft

How cute are these colorful little pine cone trees?

Every year, dozens of pine cones make their way into my house via little hands and coat pockets and I always feel so guilty throwing these special treasures back outside.

We’ve used our pine cone collections to make a variety of crafts (like our Pine Cone Wreath) and the kids have also loved the fun sensory experience of painting with our pine cones or making squirrel sensory bins, but year after year, these pine cone Christmas trees are always a favorite.

We usually do them a little bit differently every year. In the beginning, we didn’t use the wooden slices but I’ve started adding those to the bottom to help ensure that our pine cones are steady and can stand upright on display. We sometimes paint our pine cones first, but this year the kids decided they wanted to get right to decorating!

The pine cones can be displayed as-is, or you can attach a loop of baking twine or string to the top and turn them into cute Christmas tree ornaments. 

If you have some air-dry clay or star-shaped beads, you can add little stars to these pine cone trees, too!

This craft is great for developing fine motor skills, especially working on children’s pincer grip when they are picking up and carefully placing their mini pompoms. 

Also, you may notice the blue plastic trays in our pictures below. We usually use these sturdy plastic lunch trays for almost all of our craft or kitchen activities, as well as in our Montessori practical life activities. Ours have lasted for over 6 years and are still going strong, plus they are so great for containing messes and allowing the kids to set a project to the side while it dries (or if you have to clear off the table for supper). 

Pinecone Christmas Tree Materials

Tip: you can also attach a loop of twine or string to turn these pine cones into ornaments.

How to Make Pine Cone Christmas Trees

If painting your Christmas trees, use a paintbrush to apply your paint. Allow to dry before proceeding with the rest of the craft.

Use craft glue to firmly and securely glue the pine cones to the wooden slices to allow them to be steady while displaying. (You can skip this step if you plan on hanging your pine cones as ornaments.)

Apply small amounts of craft glue to the tips of the pine cones and carefully attach your mini pompoms.

If you want to make a clay star or attach a star bead to the top, do so now.

Allow the glue holding the pompoms to dry before attaching a loop of string or twine, if planning on making these into ornaments.

 

Pin this Pine Cone Christmas Tree for your Christmas crafting:

How to make Pine Cone Christmas Trees with the kids after going on a pine cone scavenger hunt. This easy craft is a classic for a reason, and those rustic ornaments look so cute on display for the holidays

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Pinecone Christmas Tree Craft

Pinecone Christmas Tree Craft

A simple pine cone craft for kids, these Pine Cone Christmas Trees are a classic Christmas craft that kids will love getting to make after they go on a pine cone scavenger hunt! Bonus: it helps develop fine motor skills while they are crafting.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2

Materials

  • Pine Cones
  • Mini PomPoms
  • Glue
  • Wooden Slices
  • Paint, optional
  • Star Beads, optional

Tools

  • Paintbrushes, optional

Instructions

  1. If painting your Christmas trees, use a paintbrush to apply your paint. Allow to dry before proceeding with the rest of the craft.
  2. Use craft glue to firmly and securely glue the pine cones to the wooden slices to allow them to be steady while displaying. (You can skip this step if you plan on hanging your pine cones as ornaments.)
  3. Apply small amounts of craft glue to the tips of the pine cones and carefully attach your mini pompoms.
  4. If you want to make a clay star or attach a star bead to the top, do so now.
  5. Allow the glue holding the pompoms to dry before attaching a loop of string or twine, if planning on making these into ornaments.

Notes

Tip: if you want to turn these into ornaments, you can skip the wood slice base and attach a loop of twine or string to the top.

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I hope your kids love getting to make their own Pine Cone Christmas Tree crafts as much as my daycare kids love getting to make them every year!

For more nature crafts for kids, check out our Easy Bird Feeder Craft for Kids or our Garden Wind Chimes Craft.

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