‘Tis the season to gather the pinecones cluttering up your yard and put them to use! A little paint and glitter will transfer them into pinecone Christmas trees that make cute place cards or an easy holiday craft for the kids to do.

Since you’ll be doing some celebrating during the holidays, it’s a great time to save those wine bottle corks to use as the ‘stand’ for the pinecones.

You may have to cut the corks, depending upon their height, to be proportional with the pinecones. Don’t worry if the cut’s a bit jagged—you’ll be gluing the pinecone on top of it. The bottom of the cork will remain smooth and eliminate any wobbles when standing up your ‘tree.’

How to make pinecone Christmas trees

pinecone Christmas tree instructions
  • pinecones
  • green spray paint
  • white acrylic paint
  • artist paintbrush
  • glitter
  • wine bottle corks
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • small wooden stars
  1. Start by dusting off your pinecones. Don’t wet them or they will lose their tree-like shape.
  2. Next, paint them with green spray paint. And let dry.
  3. Paint the tips of the pinecones using white paint and a paintbrush. While paint is still wet, sprinkle glitter over the paint. Repeat these steps for the stars and let dry.
  4. Cut wine corks in half using a scissors—don’t worry if the cut isn’t clean. Add some hot glue to the jagged side and attach the pinecone on top.
  5. Glue wooden stars on the top of each pinecone. Done!
If you don’t have leftover wine corks, you can buy them by the bag at your local craft store.