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Easy Pine Cone Craft Projects: Christmas Ornaments, Turkeys, Wreaths, and More

Rose is a full-time freelance writer who frequently writes about education, special education, DIY projects, food, Milwaukee, and more.

Pine cones are an inexpensive, readily available material that is ideal for a wide variety of fall and winter craft projects. From turkeys to reindeer to wreaths, you'll be covered for both Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as general home décor throughout the fall and winter. Many of these projects are suitable for children and adults. Happy crafting!

What can you make with pine cones?

Some of the Most Popular Pine Cone Crafts


Christmas Ornaments


Home Decor

Gift Wrap


There is an abundance of pine cone turkey crafts out there. Some people opt to use them as centerpieces or table decorations. Other people turn them into decorative ornaments that can hang from doorknobs or any other place in the house that needs a little Thanksgiving cheer. You can make pine cone turkeys as simple or elaborate as you like. If you are crafting with kids, let them have fun deciding how to decorate their turkeys.

Christmas Ornaments

  • Elves. A pine cone is the perfect size for a body that has pipe cleaner arms and legs. Why not make some of your pine cones into elves for the holidays? The painted bead heads in this post are a great touch.
  • Nature-inspired ornaments. Create a terrarium environment of sorts in a hollow glass ornament that includes pine cones.
  • Reindeer. Pine cone reindeer are a cheerful addition to Christmas décor around the living room or dining room. Consider attaching a ribbon or string and turning them into Christmas ornaments as well. This simple idea is perfect for an elementary school classroom.


You can construct a wreath entirely out of pine cones or you can use them as an accent for an evergreen wreath or other type of wreath. One of the most basic methods involves simply hot gluing pine cones to a wreath form of your choosing. Then you can embellish it as you choose or leave it plain. If you want to do a little more with your wreath, checking out the following tutorials.

  • Black pine cone wreath. Black paired with burlap creates a rustic aesthetic. If you're looking for an alternative to a traditional holiday color scheme, this is a great option.
  • Flower wreath. A little cutting transforms your pine cones into wooden flowers that fill out a wreath form beautifully.
  • Picture frame wreath. Instead of a conventional wreath form, choose an old picture frame that needs an overhaul.
  • Pine cone and pom pom wreath. The bright white pom poms and the miniature pine cones make for a cheerful combination.
  • Raffia ribbon. Transform a wreath form with raffia ribbon before you add pine cones.
Rhinestones are a simple way to dress up a pine cone for any holiday table.

Rhinestones are a simple way to dress up a pine cone for any holiday table.


  • Christmas tree pine cones. Stand a pine cone on its end to turn it into a little Christmas tree. This post has trees decorated with pom poms, but there are numerous decor options available.
  • Bowl or vase of painted pine cones. One of the simplest ways that you can decorate pine cones is to cover them with spray paint. Many people opt for green, red, and/or metallics, but the color possibilities are endless.
  • Pine cone garland. If you don't mind a painting project that is a little more time-consuming than spray painting, consider paint dipping the cones. The blog author strings her pine cones into a garland.

Gift Wrap

I am not very creative when it comes to gift wrap and am always in awe of the unique ideas out there, especially options that are inexpensive and do not create waste. Pine cones are a perfect addition to any fall or winter gift. Check out the links below for inspiration and then customize your gifts to fit your own tastes as well as those of your recipients.

Another Great Idea for Pine Cones

  • Make Pine Cone Fire Starters - Fun Crafts
    Do you ever have problems getting a fire started in the fireplace or wood stove? Have you ever experienced the wonderful scent of crackling pine cones in a fire? Why not try making pine cone fire starters?

More fall craft ideas from the author.

© 2013 Rose Clearfield


Fay Favored from USA on August 17, 2018:

I'm always looking for more pine cone projects. Got some good ideas here. Thanks!

Nautical Oceans from South Wales UK on December 22, 2014:

Fantastic wreaths- pinning

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 05, 2014:

I don't have any suggestions, so sorry. Best of luck with it!

Jacob on November 02, 2014:

I have looked everywhere on the links make this particular owl. I can't find a "how to". Any suggestions?

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 13, 2013:

Thanks, Jamie! That's awesome about your turkey and pine cones. I know that you'll have fun with the extra pine cones next year. :)

Jamie Brock from Texas on January 13, 2013:

LOVE all these pine cone crafts.. especially the owl that is SO cute! My little boy and I made a turkey around Thanksgiving and I still have like 3 baskets of scented pine cones sitting out. Going to bookmark this for ideas for next year. Thank you for sharing :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 12, 2013:

That's awesome, Dolores. :) It's good to know that the wreaths hold up so well. Thanks!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on January 12, 2013:

My aunt used to make wreaths out of pine cones - the great thing was they lasted forever! I love pine cones and you sure offered a lot of great ideas!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 11, 2013:

Thanks so much, purl3agony!

Donna Herron from USA on January 11, 2013:

The owl is genius! Great ideas. Thanks for sharing!!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 11, 2013:

Thanks so much, Carol!

carol stanley from Arizona on January 11, 2013:

these pinecones are great....Free and versatile. You have shown some very creative ideas here. I love the wreath...Pinning ...