Pine cones are nature's conical, rounded woody fruits of a pine tree. Their scales open to release seeds, and they're often admired for their beautiful sculpted structure. Pine cones are mainly associated with Christmas and winter holiday themes, as the pine tree is one of the most famous green trees use as Christmas trees and in white winter landscapes. It also is a very relaxing and soothing tree.
There are also many cultural symbols that are behind pine trees and pine cones, symbolizing religious stories and legends that add to the December spirit. For example, there is a German legend about the cutting-down of Odin's oak, where St. Boniface said that the pine tree was used to celebrate Christmas with. Today, pine cones themselves give off a grounding and woodsy energy, representing nature, growth, and life itself.
Glitter Pine Cone Ornaments
Pine cones are often used as crafty ornaments to put on your Christmas tree. There are creative types of pine cone decorations, like that of miniature pine cone Christmas trees, hanging hedgehogs, or little cute owls. Whether you go all out making an adorable animal, object, or artistic shape, adding some glitter on your pine cones is a great way to add sparkle to your tree and home around the holidays. This is a natural, free, and environmentally-friendly way to recycle Christmas tree ornaments. Plus, it's simple enough to make that even small children can help, turning it into a holiday-friendly activity.
It only takes 15 minutes to make pine cone ornaments with glitter, but it does take about one day to completely dry. To make this easy DIY craft, you'll first want to gather materials like:
- Pine cones
- White glue
- Paper plate
- Foam paintbrush
You'll want to get your unopened or opened pine cones and begin to clean the opened ones with water. Then, you'll want to bake them on a foil-lined cookie sheet at 200 F for one hour, which will drive out bugs and further open the cone. Since the sap can potentially (although rarely) start a fire, stay in the kitchen while you're working on them.
Applying the Sparkle
Once your pine cones are ready, you can get ready to paint the tips. Simply use a foam paint brush to brush the ends of the pine cone petals with glue. Then, you'll want to apply the glitter by shaking it onto the glue. You can use one color, or combine several for a rainbow effect. Consider holiday-themed colors like green, red, white, gold, and silver.
Once you're done with the glitter, you'll want to allow the pine cone to dry overnight. Once it's completely dry, you can make a hanger by attaching a loop of ribbon or yarn to the top of the pine cone. Then, you can hang it on your tree and watch it sparkle. When not in use, keep your pine cones in a safe reusable plastic bag so it can retain the glitter and its natural pine scent (if it's a real one). You can also consider using essential oils if it's fake, to retain its natural fragrance.