Pinecone Christmas trees: A forest of holiday decor

The hot glue gun is to crafting what Netflix is to Christmas movies: absolutely essential. It’s amazing how heat and glue can so easily merge ordinary objects into something new — like how these wine corks and pinecones become nifty Christmas trees.

These crafts are especially awesome because you’re making a tree craft using parts of three different, actual trees: a pinecone (free from a pine tree), a cork (also from a tree and free with every bottle of wine), and cute little unfinished wooden stars.

We recommend making a few of these, so you can have a little forest of your own or surprise friends with them as gifts — or both!

How cute would a grouping of these trees be on your mantel, atop a special gift, or as part of a nativity crèche? You might also try using pinecones of various sizes to replicate a wintertime forest.

This craft is extra fun because it requires wine corks — and to get those, you must drink wine. So, pour yourself a glass of vino, heat up the glue gun, put on A Christmas Story, and get crafting!

ALSO SEE: How to make homemade candles for the holidays

Supplies for each pinecone Christmas tree

  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Pinecone (size is your choice – ours were about 5 inches tall)
  • Wine cork
  • Green spray paint
  • Small wooden star
  • Optional additions: fake snow, glitter

Directions: How to make a pinecone Christmas tree

  1. On the bottom of a pinecone, glue a wine cork. This will be the base of your Christmas tree.
  2. Lightly spray-paint the pinecone green. It doesn’t need to be completely coated — a light coat is better than a thick, drippy one.
  3. Hot-glue the star onto the top of the pinecone.
  4. Toss on a little fake snow

Fun fact: Did you know that there are male and female pinecones? The ones shown here are all female. Find out more about pinecone genders here!