DIY Snow-Covered Pine Cone Ornaments


Hi all! My sister Johanna, has been churning out homemade Christmas decorations like crazy, and I asked her to share a few with us here on the blog. She is such a creative! After you’ve read this tutorial, be sure to stop by her Etsy shop and look at all of her beautiful handmade creations!

One of my favorite things are pinecones. You can do so many things with pinecones; they are a really great way to decorate your home all year around. A bowl of pine needles topped with pumpkins and pinecones for fall, for instance, or pinecones painted in spring colors.

Image shows several painted pine cones with holiday lights and text that reads "Snowy Pine Cone Ornament Tutorial"

And then there’s Christmas. Personally, I can’t have a Christmas tree without pinecones. And I really love the look of snow-covered pinecones. I’ve seen a few from the store, but the snowy stuff on those always comes off, making quite a mess.

So why not make your own? They’re easy to do, and don’t cost a lot, plus, they’re easy enough for kids to do.

If you have pine trees, that’s a bonus, because you can gather your own. Just put them in the oven on the lowest setting for a couple of hours to dry them and you’re good to go.

DIY Snow Covered Pine Cone Ornaments

You’ll need:

  • Pinecones
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Twine or yarn for hanging

Image shows supplies for a pine cone craft- scissors, paint, paintbrush, string and pine cones

Cover your work surface with paper or plastic. Pour a little of your white paint into a container or on the plastic or paper cover.

Dip your paintbrush in the paint and begin blobbing it onto the pinecones. Use a few stroking motions here and there so it looks like the snow has fallen all over the cone. Pile some of the paint up in some places so it looks natural.

Photo shows a paintbrush painting a pinecone on a table

If you want your pinecone to hang upside down instead of right side up, just flip your pinecone over and follow the above instructions, and it will look like this.

Image shows a hand holding a painted pinecone

Allow your pinecone to sit for at least 4 hours to dry. Once dry, cut a long length of twine or yarn for hanging. If hanging your pinecones right side up, wrap the twine around the top, hiding it under a couple layers of “leaves” and tie in a knot close to the base to secure, then tie the ends together.

Finished result! These will look pretty amazing on the tree!Photo shows several painted pinecones with holiday lights

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