My sister may not have a craft blog, but she’s quite crafty herself. While we were brainstorming up ideas for homemade ornaments the kids could get in on, she had quite a few. We decided to rock out some pine cone ornaments because our first thought that was turned upside down, they look just like pine trees themselves.

Pine Cone Christmas Ornaments

So we went to the cemetery (for real) and collected a few bags of good-looking pine cones. When we got home we explained the gist to the boys who were all about it.

Half of the fun of this project is collecting the pine cones, but if you live in an area without pine trees, you can always purchase them online!

For this project you will need:

Pine Cone Christmas OrnamentsBefore we even got into making little trees, my youngest nephew was all about making his into an alien, which was an idea he overheard his mom talking about. To complete this look we painted the pine cone with bright green color and cut eyes out of black felt.

Pine Cone Christmas Ornaments

The eyes were hot glued on with the pine cone with the smallest end downward. Kids can easily use any kind of glue to achieve this.

Pine Cone Christmas Ornaments

If you’re not into traditional aliens you can work up your own with sticks and pompoms! Little man used glow-in-the-dark paint for some extra fun times!

Pine Cone Christmas Ornaments

And here is mine. Aliens… they’re out there people (or so says, my nephew ๐Ÿ˜‰

Pine Cone Christmas OrnamentsNext, we’ll make some Rudolph or reindeer ornaments. Head outside and look on bushes and trees for tiny little branches that look like antlers. These are about 2.5-3 inches long and came off of the dying bits of a rose bush.

Pine Cone Christmas Ornaments

Hot glue the antlers into place. FYI – you’ll need to hold the antler still while the glue sets.

Pine Cone Christmas Ornaments

Glue a big pompom onto the cone in red for Rudolph or black for any of the other, almost as famous as reindeer.

Pine Cone Christmas OrnamentsThis concept was straight up my sister’s idea. Isn’t it cute?

Pine Cone Christmas OrnamentsLast but not least here is the original concept that started this all… Try to pick a pinecone that is fairly flat on the wide end. Using your glue (Brush On Tacky Glue is just genius for this) coat the tips of the pine cone and glitter.

Pine Cone Christmas Ornaments

I used some glitter that is a bit different than the norm for a fuzzier, more Christmas tree-like look.

Pine Cone Christmas Ornaments

Hot glue or Tacky Glue pompoms into place as ornaments around your tree.

Pine Cone Christmas OrnamentsIf you don’t have many pine cones that are flat on the wide end, or if they sit at an awkward angle no matter how flat they seem to be, simply glue a lid to the bottom. You can use a lid from a prescription bottle (as I did), a pop bottle, a water bottle, you name it! This will definitely require hot glue to stay in place as you want it without having to hold it forever!

Pine Cone Christmas Ornaments

Isn’t it so cute? I just love the fuzzy green “limbs”!

Pine Cone Christmas Ornaments

And if you’re very proud of your own name, you can always initial your tree with pompoms ๐Ÿ™‚

Pine Cone Christmas Ornaments

You don’t have to use green, either. Feel free to match the colors of your Christmas decor with glitter and pompoms!