Young and Crafty Sisters: Pine Cone Christmas Tree

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Pine Cone Christmas Tree

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In the cover of darkness and the thick of night, I snuck into a yard with pine trees.
My one goal: pine cones. 
And boy did I hit the mother load! I was expecting some wimpy little pine cones but I got these big, beautiful, perfect, pine cones.

I had the idea to make a Christmas tree with a pine cone. If you would like a project that will take approximately 50349 glue sticks, 9 large pine cones, and 43 hours, then this is the project for you.

Take a Styrofoam Christmas tree (I got mine for $1 at the Dollar Store) and make sure you let your dog's chew on the end a little just for some extra character.

This is how I started:

I peeled off the branches? stalks? spikey things? I don't really know what they are called!

Then I started hot gluing them around the tree.

Now take those instructions and throw them out the window!
The way the pieces are curved didn't work. The pine cone spikey things didn't stay close to the form but kept getting farther away, leaving a gap. It just wasn't working!
Luckily I had another tree form and started over.

The best way I found to do it is take scissors and cut the spikey things off of the pine cone. Make sure they are relatively flat. I stopped taking pictures at this point because I was extremely frustrated!

I added the final result with a few yarn wrapped trees that I'm sure you've seen all over blog land.

I think it turned out pretty darn cute! I love the texture that it adds!

A perfect little trio!

Here is the whole space where I have these. This is the wedding picture wall. I love this wall.

Sorry it's so HARD to take pictures in our living room because we have ZERO natural light!

Christmas is a little over a week away and I am FAR from ready! EEK!