Bring the beauty of the outside indoors this Christmas, with two different ways to make pine cone decorations out of paper. Will you make the deliciously tactile and glittery pine cone decorations or the upcycled pine cone decoration from corrugated card? Or why not both!
Pine cones are a festive favourite when it comes to decorating your house for the holidays, and these paper versions will look great grouped together on a mantelpiece, hanging from a door handle or placed individually on the tree. A collection of these paper pine cone decorations would look fantastic arranged in a fruit bowl as a table decoration.
Both designs are quick to make, and the first is easily made by securing folded paper scales onto a plain polystyrene egg using pins, plus a sprinkling of glitter and a few berries to finish. Paper pine cone decorations are strangely addictive to make and once you’ve created your first one, we guarantee you’ll want to make a whole forest’s worth!
How to make a paper pine cone decoration:
- Patterned paper
- 10cm and 7cm polystyrene eggs
- Artificial red wired berries
- Dressmaker’s pins (250-300 per pine cone)
- Adhesive (tacky craft glue works well)
Cut your paper into 2x2cm squares. Fold two corners to the reverse, to create a triangular shape along one side. Working from the narrow end of the egg (this will become the top of the pine cone), position the point of the folded edge at the egg centre and pin. Secure the wide end with two pins. Repeat this for three more pieces, arranging them so that they point into the centre, or top of the soon-to-be pine cone.
Once the base layer is pinned, work along the next row, this time lining up the pointed end to follow the join where two folded pieces meet on your first layer. Secure with two pins at the base, keeping the pointed end free. Work around the egg with three more folded paper pieces. With each layer that you add, you’ll cover up the pins from the layer before!
Continue to work in rows around the egg as you build up your paper pine cone decoration. As the egg increases in size, the more folded pieces you’ll have to use to go around the circumference. Try to create a ‘bricking effect’, taking care to cover any gaps and pins from the previous layers. Keep working your way down the egg, until all the polystyrene is covered. Once the entire egg is covered with ‘scales’, cut three leaf shapes from green paper (patterned or plain). Using a strong glue, attach a loop of ribbon onto the paper pine cone and leave to dry. Disguise the stuck-down end of the ribbon by sticking on your leaves over the end of the ribbon. Finally, poke in the artificial wired berries around the ribbon. If you down have any wired berries, how about using red beads instead?
How to make a corrugated card pine cone decoration:
- Corrugated card
- 70mm polystyrene egg
- 25mm circle punch, or draw around a 10 pence piece (or a round pound if you still have one!)
- Green card
- Large red adhesive pearls
Use a 25mm circle punch to cut approximately 70 circles from corrugated card. You may need to remove the backing layer from the card to ensure it fits inside the punch. Alternatively, draw around a 10 pence piece or an old round pound.
At the narrow end of a 70mm polystyrene egg, pin two circles opposite each other so they touch at the bottom. Pin two more circles so they overlap the first two and they all meet at the bottom. Pin another row of circles so they overlap slightly and continue adding rows of circles until you reach the top.
Loop a length of narrow red ribbon and secure the ends to the top of the egg with two pins. Cut a slit into one of the circles up to the middle, then place it around the ribbon at the top of the egg to cover the pins. Secure with glue.
To finish, decorate the top of your paper pine cone decoration with die-cut holly leaves and red pearls.