As you are likely well aware of by now, we love crafts that include nature in our house. This adorable pinecone Christmas ornament is one of the simplest crafts out there. It is perfect for little hands and is so fun watching something come from the forest floor and end up hanging on your Christmas tree.
I love that this craft works on fine motor skills for preschool age kids. It is an easy Christmas craft to do with toddlers and preschoolers, however my older kids enjoyed it just as much as my 3 year old! This craft is so affordable and provides adorable decorations for your home. There are no set rules for this craft which allows room for lots of creativity!
The best part of this craft is that most of the materials you likely have right in your home (or outside your doorstep :)). I highly recommend bundling up and going on a nature walk to collect pinecones for this craft. It is so fun to search for pine trees and having your child pick out the perfect pinecones for this craft.
- Tacky glue or hot glue gun
- Small pom poms
- Ribbon or twine
Preparing Your Pinecones
This is a VERY IMPORTANT STEP to do before jumping into creating this adorable ornament. If you purchased your pinecones at a craft store you can skip onto the next section. However, if you found your pinecones in it’s natural element please don’t skip over this next paragraph.
Pinecones often are home to bugs and mold, all normal things when it lives in nature. To avoid these things coming into your home you need to bake your pinecones. I usually do this for about 90 minutes at 200 degrees on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper. I flip the pinecones about halfway through. Once this is done you can keep on crafting with no worries of unwelcome critters entering your home.
If you are interested in learning more about this process this post explains things a bit more in depth.
How To Make Your Pinecone Christmas Ornament
- The first step is to prepare your pinecone (see above step).
- Have your little one pick out pom poms they want to use for their ornament.
- Place the pom poms on the pinecone with tacky glue or hot glue. The easiest way I found to do this is by finding spaces in the pinecone to push the pom poms into.
- To create the ornament hook take your twine or ribbon and tie it to the top of the pinecone. I wrapped it around the top, tied it on the pinecone to keep it tight and then tied the twine at the top of the string to create the hanging loop.
Other Ideas For Your Pinecone Ornament
- Use white acrylic paint & foam brush to paint the tips of the pinecone to create a snowy look.
- When creating your ornament I recommend using paper plates to put your pinecone on for easy clean up!
- If the natural look isn’t for you, you could use green paint to paint the entire pinecone (to create a real tree look) and then attach the pom poms.
- Create multiple pine cone ornaments and add it to pinecone garland. Here is a post on how to create the garland.
- If your little one wanted to make multiple pinecones or your whole class is participating you could create a pine cone wreath with the final products.
- If you are in a pinch and don’t have pom poms dig in your craft drawer and create your ornament with anything you can find. Cotton balls, glitter, pipe cleaners, the sky’s the limit!
Other Pine Cone Christmas Crafts
These adorable gnome pine cone ornaments would make a great addition to your pinecone Christmas tree ornament.
Debbie at One Little Project has a great tutorial on how to make red-nosed reindeers out of pinecones.
This pinecone garland makes for adorable winter decor. You could even use your pinecone Christmas tree ornaments for the garland!