Pinecone Ornaments: Three Ways

Before the snow starts falling in earnest, collect some pinecones on your next walk around the neighborhood or park – they’re just perfect for turning into these playful ornaments! We were inspired by vintage pinecone elves and ornaments from the 50s but put a simple spin on them – you probably already have all the supplies you need to get started!

These ornaments make great DIY gifts, or keep them for yourself and deck out your Christmas tree with a whole crew of pinecone friends! You could also use them as gift toppers for all your holiday presents this winter!

what you need:

  • Mini pinecones
  • Apple Barrel Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pom poms  (pink, blue, red, and white)
  • Pipe cleaners (blue)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paper (yellow)
  • Felt (pink and blue)
  • Ribbon or yarn
  • Wooden bead


For the holly ornaments:
Step 1
Paint the pinecones green and let dry.

Step 2
Hot glue three red pom poms together and then glue two green pinecones to the side.

Step 3
Form a loop with ribbon and hot glue to the back.

For the pink birds:
Step 1
Paint the pinecones pink and let dry.

Step 2
Cut and tie a loop of pink yarn and set aside. Cut a small felt wing and a mini diamond out of yellow paper.

Step 3
Fold the yellow diamond in half and hot glue onto the pink pom pom to form a beak. Use a tiny paintbrush to paint on eyes.

Step 4
Hot glue the wings, heads, and yarn loops onto the pink pinecones.

For the elf:
Step 1
Paint pinecones pale blue and let dry.

Step 2
Cut and tie a loop of blue yarn and set aside. Cut a half circle out of blue felt for the elf’s hat. Grab two pale blue pipe cleaners.

Step 3
Hot glue the felt into a hat and glue the white pom pom onto the end. Glue the hat onto the wooden bead and paint the tiny face details on with a small brush.

Step 4
Hot glue the head onto the pinecone body.

Step 5
Twist one pipe cleaner around the neck to be the arms. Bend another into a U shape and hot glue to the back of the pinecone to be the legs. Hot glue the yarn loop to the back of the pinecone.

Happy crafting!