Make These Easy Pinecone Spheres - an easy nature project for festive holiday decor

Holiday Decorating with Nature: DIY Pinecone Spheres

This holiday decor project takes very little time yet it’s surprising how many uses you may find for some festive pinecone spheres. Many years ago I collected a large number of pinecones from trees in my garden and neighborhood. After drying them, I had the idea to make a few different sizes of pinecone spheres, mostly for the sheer fun of crafting. Year after year these cheery pinecone balls make their way out of the Christmas decorations box and add a natural touch to the festivities.Make These Easy Pinecone Spheres - an easy nature project for festive holiday decor

These pinecone spheres 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. You can use them to decorate a holiday mantle, but they also make a great table centerpiece, fun tree ornaments, and fitting winter decor for windows and shelves. You could even set them outdoors in your holiday planters. Or use smaller ones to decorate holiday gifts.Make These Easy Pinecone Spheres - an easy nature project for festive holiday decor

I’m sure there are many more places these pinecone spheres would look right at home, but for now, let’s just make them!

Pinecone Spheres

Materials

Make it!

Collect pinecones of different sizes and set out to dry. If you get fresh pinecones, you can dry them following these instructions. They are dry when they open up and are no longer cool to the touch.Make These Easy Pinecone Spheres - an easy nature project for festive holiday decor

If you plan to hang the spheres, then staple a loop of twine onto the foam before the next step. 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.Make These Easy Pinecone Spheres - an easy nature project for festive holiday decorMake These Easy Pinecone Spheres - an easy nature project for festive holiday decorMake These Easy Pinecone Spheres - an easy nature project for festive holiday decorMake These Easy Pinecone Spheres - an easy nature project for festive holiday decor

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

More Crafts with Pinecones:

I love to craft with pinecones! If you do to0, then here are some more projects you might like:

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?

  6. Bird Pigeon
    Bird PigeonNovember 18,16

    Hello Stephanie,
    What a great idea! I loved the picture with the Scrample pieces. I’m definitely doing that this Christmas. Thank you for sharing such inspiring ideas.

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