Small And Large DIY Pine Cone Orbs

DIY Decor in Minutes: Pinecone Spheres

This decorative project takes very little time but it’s surprising how many uses you may find for them! I make up some smaller and larger pinecone spheres to decorate a holiday mantle, but they also make great table decor, tree ornaments, and winter dressing for windows and shelves. You could even use some of the smaller ones to decorate holiday gifts or set them outdoors in your holiday planters.

How to Make Easy and Festive Pine Cone Spheres

These pinecone balls are festive for sure, but I don’t think they scream Christmas and have great longevity to dress up your home or garden for the fall and winter months.Small and Large DIY Pine Cone Orbs


  • various sized foam spheres
  • various sized pine cones, dry and open
  • twine (optional)
  • stapler (optional)
  • hot glue gun & glueeasy and festive Pine Cone Spheres Step 1


Collect pinecones of different sizes and set out to dry. They are dry when they open up and are not at all cool to the touch.

If you plan to hang the spheres then use then staple a loop of twine onto the foam before the next step.Making Pinecone Balls

Use a hot glue gun to affix the base of each pinecone to the sphere, starting with the largest pinecones and adding in smaller pinecones to fill in the gaps.Large Orb made from found Pinecones

When dry, set your pinecone spheres indoors or out in any way that you choose. I display them on my mantle for a simple, natural looking holiday display. The cedar garland is a project from my book, Garden Made, which you can read more about here.Simple and Natural Holiday Mantle with vintage mason jars, string lights, real cedar garland and DIY pinecone spheres

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Elizabeth Houlr
    Elizabeth HoulrDecember 6,14

    This is unbelievable. I have a huge tin full of teeny tiny pine cones that I collected while in England in 1992; had some vague plans but now have definite plans! Not to mention the fact that you posted this on my birthday last year!!!!! Cheers! Liz

  2. Stephanie
    StephanieDecember 6,14

    Wow, Liz! It was meant to be!!

  3. Beth
    BethJanuary 30,15

    I painted the styrofoam balls brown to hide any white in the gaps.

  4. Stephanie
    StephanieJanuary 30,15

    Beth – smart!

  5. Lynda Kozlik
    Lynda KozlikAugust 24,16

    I love this project. Just did my first batch and love them. Wish you had a DIY project for a pinecone wreath. I was given one as a gift 20 years ago and it is thick, heavy, and beautiful to this day. Think you can design one for me?

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