Thanksgiving Crafts

Pine Cone Trees

You can turn a pine cone into a fancy holiday tree.
You can turn a pine cone into a fancy holiday tree.

It's easy to turn ordinary pine cones into these unique, sparkly Thanksgiving decorations.

What You'll Need:

  • Large pine cones
  • Craft glue
  • Paper plates or disposable dish
  • Shiny glass or plastic beads (about 1/4 inch in size)
  • Tweezers
  • Glitter

For beaded "trees": Set a pine cone upright on newspaper. Pour some white glue in a small dish. Hold a bead with a pair of tweezers and dip it in the glue.

Stick the bead on one of the cone bracts. Keep gluing beads on the cone until it is covered to your liking. Allow to dry.

For glittery "trees": Pour white glue into one paper plate and glitter into another. Roll the cone in glue first, then in glitter. Allow to dry.

If you'd like, you can make winter scenes with your trees. Set them on a sheet of white cotton or quilt batting to represent snow, and add some figurines. You can even use a mirror for a frozen pond and put your trees around it.

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